The second part of my post on Weights discusses three ways to deal with setbacks, anxiety and any other thing that draws us away from God, which in a form is a “god” to us.
[Heb 12:1] KJV – Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 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.
Run so that you may obtain the prize. To do this you must carefully examine what you’re wearing and carrying. The weights and sins the author of Hebrews is talking about in Hebrews. The whole book’s exhortation could be summed up in Hebrews 2:1 :
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
Pay close attention to what you’re believing. Wrong beliefs weigh down your heart, entangle your feet, distract your attention, and deplete your energy. They will take you out of the race. You must identify what your weights are and resolve to do whatever it takes to lay them aside.
You can’t run aimlessly. Though all Christians share similarities in their races, the Lord gives each of us a unique race to run. And not everyone’s weights are the same. Remember, “whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23 ). And God has assigned to each of us the measure of faith we need for our respective races ( Romans 12:3 ). What may be a weight for you may not be a weight for someone else. So be careful comparing.
You’re responsible for your race. “Understand what the will of the Lord is” for your race ( Ephesians 5:17 ), be content with the race you’ve been given (Hebrews 13:5), and focus hard on how to win it.
TRAINING & DISCIPLINE
Serious runners discipline their bodies. They “[train] by constant practice” to discern how best to run their races (Hebrews 5:14 ). Laying aside weights and sins isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a skill acquired through constant practice. So don’t be discouraged that you haven’t mastered your race yet. Don’t give up. Keep at it. Do it again. And again. And again.
And even the most skilled runners need coaching.
There comes a point when you realize that you’re not going to win the race you’re in if you don’t drop the weights. Be intentional, stern your focus, and get some training. Lay aside every weight (again) today. It requires following the unseen into an unknown, and believing Jesus’s words over and against the threats we see or the fears we feel. Through the imaginative retelling of 35 Bible stories, Not by Sight gives us glimpses of what it means to walk by faith, counsel for how to trust God’s promises more than our perceptions, and the way to find rest in the faithfulness of God.
God bless You.