There comes a time in life when you have to lay down everything that is holding you back and run for it.
Hebrews 12:1 says, 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
Our races and weights may be different, but none of us can do what God has set before us unless we lay down all of the weights that we have picked up over the years.
I can rattle off a dozen reasons why I couldn’t be expected to a winner in the race of life. They could be as obvious as my weight or age or as devastating as being the victim of a violent crime. But those are just events.
Sometimes we can easily identify the weight. It is the “running with patience” that gets us. I need to replace the fruit of the flesh with the fruit of the spirit.
What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23, these attributes are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. When our lives reflect otherwise, we are walking in the flesh.
When I quit trying to do it all myself and rely on His strength, then I go at His pace. I learn to be gentle on myself and I talk to myself. Yes, I talk to myself.
What conversations are going on in your head? You may need to delete some old tapes. Replace them with what your Daddy says about you.
I find my true identity in who God says I am, not the voices of the past or that image in the mirror or even what a medical test says I am.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made:
marvelous [are] thy works;
(Hey! I am one of His marvelous works! Woo Hoo!)
and [that] my soul knoweth right well. Ps. 139:14
To redeem them that were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons,
God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father. (That means Daddy)
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;
(or daughter. I am a member of His family.)
and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.
What is holding us back from appropriating ALL He has for us? Fear? Unforgiveness? Rejection? Self-Hatred?
We have lay these weights down, get up and run!