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February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

"Let Go of the Things that Hold You Back"

“Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress…”  Hebrews 12: 1b NLT

If you want to finish the race; make it to the finish line, you’re going to have to let go of things that are weighing you down.  You can call it de-cluttering or simplifying.

We all know this, the problem is doing it.  We own too much stuff, physical, spiritual and emotional and we like to carry it around.  Think about the things that discourage you.  Remember, they are weights you are carrying.

If you feel that your schedule is overburdened, it probably is.  If you feel that your kids are overcommitted, they probably are.  Why are you doing this to them and to yourself?

In today’s verse from Hebrews 12: 1 I want you to focus on two words “weight” and “sin” because those are two things that hold you back in the race of life.

A weight is anything that slows you down.  It can be a relationship, a job, an activity or a sport.  It isn’t necessarily bad.  It could be a wonderful thing but if you have too many of them they will weigh you down.

One clue to handling this is to learn how to say “no.”  If you’re always saying “yes” about doing things you’ll have very little time to do what God wants you to do.  The only way you’re able to say yes to things is if you’ve said no to other things.

Most of us know what sin is.  It’s the things we shouldn’t do or the things we ought to have done.  Yet, sin is also our broken relationships.  What’s the problem?  It isn’t identifying them, it’s dealing with them.

We often do things we shouldn’t do or don’t so things we know we should do.  Then we feel guilty about that, which only weighs us down more.  At the root of it all is sin.

Jesus came to forgive us our sins, just as he did the woman caught in adultery.  He forgave her but then sent her off with the encouragement to sin no more.  It’s good advice.

Know that you are forgiven; commit yourself to not repeating the same sins.  You know you might fail.  Remember God’s grace.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don