Have you ever had difficulty in your spiritual life? When you went to fight the good fight of faith, you felt like something was weighing you down. Your struggle with sin was getting hard but above all, your fellowship with God seemed hindered. I would like to share one possible cause for such setbacks, and what we can do to overcome them.
Hebrews 12:1 challenges us, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us," The Christian life has often been compared to a race such as the Olympics. Olympians train tirelessly for their competition. Their one focus is the prize. On the day of the race, they wear light clothing and leave behind anything that would slow them down. As Christians, we are to do the same. We must spend our lives focused on living for Christ and remove anything that would slow us down.
So, is there something hindering you in your spiritual life? Is there a sin that is acting as a weight in your race? Just like that athlete removes anything from his person so he can fulfill his purpose, we must remove anything that hinders ours.
Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" When we knowingly allow sin in our life we are breaking fellowship with God. I would like to challenge you. Don’t allow sin to keep you from having fellowship with your Creator and living a victorious life. Lay aside every weight, and any sin that besets you. Ask God to help you, I know He will.
"Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." – Philippians 2:16