Don’t Look Until You Lay It Aside

Hebrews 12:1 admonishes us to “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…”  As you pursue the dream of God for your life, your business goals, a new life or a refreshed start, it is important that you consider things in your life that are counter productive.  We all have them.  Often the total focus is given to sin issues in our lives without considering the full text which text us that counter-weights are equally unproductive.  Counter-weights can be paradigms, inhibitions, locations, people, the list is endless.  You must be able to identify what or who is counter productive in your life.  Then you must be bold enough and strong enough to lay it aside.  Many times our vision is clouded by more than faithlessness or fear.  Our vision becomes clouded by people and things in our life that do not belong in a particular season, time or they simply no longer belong!

The scripture directs you to 1) lay aside the weight that easily besets you, 2) lay aside the sin that easily besets you, 3) run or operate with a force to endure and 4) let the end result be the only thing in your viewpoint.  Interestingly, we would probably put sin on the top of the list, however, I think it wise of the Apostle Paul to start with counter-weights as these are often overlooked and their ability to hinder, underestimated.  Take a look at your life today and its potential–WOW, the possibilities!  Now, make a list of weights that need to be removed from your life. You’ll be on the track for success.

This same passage in Hebrews 12 teaches us that Jesus experienced the same scenario. After we lay aside these weights and other sins and begin to run, we are to do as the scripture further instructs, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…”  As Jesus was hanging upon the cross he got a mental image of the end result–our freedom from sin, the destruction of the works of the devil and pleasing The Father and kept this as his focal point.  In other words, He got fixed on the end result so that He could endure the process.  The end of His process resulted in power, authority and favor.

Are you in the middle of a life challenge?  Remember, it’s not your LIFE, it’s a challenge within your life!  Take a deep breath.  God is saying to you today–“you will not come out empty,”  He makes it a point that we recognize, every tribulation has a revelation.  You are only going through it to get something out of it.  Are you ready to get the end result?  Remember, get rid of life’s dead weight, remove all sin from your life, run with the vision and keep your eyes fixed on the end result.  You will achieve it.  And with it comes power, authority and favor.  Clear your life of clutter so you can see the vision clearly and remember–don’t look until you lay it aside!

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