Monday, April 21, 2014

Weighted Down

...let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. {Hebrews 12:1}

Hebrews 12; 1-3  ''Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.''

           Hebrews 12 starts out with 'Therefore', because Hebrews 11 is full of examples of people putting their faith into action.  It is saying look at how these people made it thru trials because of their consistent faith and so can you.
           Like a rock in our shoe, our burdens can affect us all over.  We have to shake them out of our life and run our race with the freedom that Christ's sacrifice gives us.  What joy there is not to be hindered by the slavery of sin.  Jesus, the perfecter of faith, is molding and transforming us into who we are meant to be so that one day we will be in the burden free promised land.
          Somedays I feel it is harder to write an encouraging blog post for myself and others, because I do have some burden on my mind and heart.  It is in those times, I feel the need to 'cast all my burdens on Him' in prayer and feel the weight released.  We can often feel like nobody understands what we are going through but Jesus endured it all and understands.
          Our God is bigger than your biggest burden..... talk to Him about it.