DAY 132 OF 365: WALKING THROUGH THE WORD DEVOTIONAL

A wrong association can hinder your progress because of some restraints it will place on you. No godly destiny can prosper along with worldly romance (James 4:4).

Title: YOU DON’T NEED WEIGHTS

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

Have you ever wondered how it would feel like to run a race with a heavy load on your back? Yes, you guessed that rightly, it would be a very strenuous, slow and frustrating race. No matter the effort that would be put in, you won’t be able to match up with others who are running light.

Do you also know that in order to run the Christian race well, you don’t need weights? Look up our text again. Some believers may not know this, but some things can easily creep in and end up becoming weights to our lives and our destinies, causing some difficulty in becoming who/what God wants us to be.

One of these weights is wrong associations. A wrong association can hinder your progress because of some restraints it will place on you. No godly destiny can prosper along with worldly romance (James 4:4). Just like the Rich Young Ruler in Matthew 19:16-23, the difficulty he had in entering into the reality of the Kingdom of God was his attachment to his wealth. He was ‘married’ to his wealth and it was a challenge to let it go.

Most people are married to their jobs, others to their careers, and some to the wrong man/woman and these stand on the way of their fulfilment. It seems satan knew where they were going to be and so, he put these things in their lives to weigh them down. What a sad thing to know what could have been if a certain relationship never happened?

Wasn’t this the situation of King Solomon? The Bible said his wives turned his heart from the Lord. They were weights. They were ungodly, and ungodly weights resulted in ungodliness – 1 Kings 11:1-6. Thanks be to God because in Jesus Christ, we can receive divine ability to lay each weight and ungodly attachment aside, when we heed His voice.
II Corinthians 6:17
Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

Are there certain attachments you have gotten into and which might be hindering the realization of your full potential in your walk with God? Are there things, habits, relationships that rather than help you in being who God wants you to be, they’re denying you of it?

Whatever it may be, the help of the Lord is available for you today in Christ Jesus. Jesus says that the Holy Spirit which He would send to us will lead us into all truth. He would guide us. He would help us. He would counsel us. The Lord, by His Spirit, will charge you and give you the wisdom you need for breaking free into the full life He has ordained for you. And thank God, the Holy Ghost is here now! – John 16:13

Turn to the Lord and seek His counsel for you. Ask for His help today. Make up your mind to be sincere and serious about laying those weights aside with the sole aim of running your godly race well. It doesn’t matter what they think about you thereafter. No one person is worth the value of your Zoe life in Christ Jesus, so don’t be afraid to sacrifice them for the sake of your eternal pursuit.

Be blessed.

Author: James George

Hello, I am James George, a passionate teacher of God's Word; that writer who believes in the balanced communication of God's word in simplicity and clarity as the tool for making destinies and shaping lives.

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