Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.—Hebrews 12:1
MHC- Inordinate care for the present life, or fondness for it, is a dead weight upon the soul, that pulls it down when it should ascend upwards, and pulls it back when it should press forward; it makes duty and difficulties harder and heavier than they would be.
12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance andsteady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us…
There are so many unnecessary weights in our lives. Ones that entangle us in sin.
This type of weight makes life harder and slows us down in the things of the Lord.
We don’t need to be bound by this weight, we can lay it aside. Each person must examine their own life to see if they have anything that has weighed them down from running this race.
It may be something you have been holding on to, a grudge, or unforgiveness, or many other things that sneak in our lives. It might not start off big, it might just be a small attitude problem, but left unchecked and if allowed to continue will turn into a weight in your life.
verb [ trans. ]
1 hold (something) down by placing a heavy object on top of it
- make (something) heavier by attaching a heavy object to it, esp. so as to make it stay in place
- weigh someone down, be heavy and cumbersome to someone.
This kind of weight causes us to stay in one place. It does not allow us to grow in Christ.
…let us strip off and throw aside…
Let us do this quickly and fast. As soon as the Holy Spirit shows you something in your life that does not belong and is weighing you down, cast it away, now. Do not entertain it or allow it to have a foothold in your life. You were made for more than that.
Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].
He has no power over us except the power we give him. If we fill our lives with the things of God, there is no room for the devil to come into our lives.
Fill my heart with you Oh Lord. Make me aware of all the things that try to come in and steal what you are doing in me. Open my eyes to the tricks of the devil. I surrender to you today. I give you my full heart. Reveal to me all those things that are weighing me down today. All those unnecessary weights. In Jesus Name!!