Victory Is a Sure Thing 14 November Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us.
God has called us all to holiness. He has called us to a life that is consecrated to Him. He has called us to a life that is fully dedicated to walk in His ways. Ill warn you though, some of the things the Lord may ask you to lay down on this road to holiness may not necessarily be sinful. They may simply be the weights referred to in Hebrews 12:1. What are the weights? They are natural interests or pursuits that take up your time or energy and hold you down in this natural realm. They are earthly distractions that may not necessarily be bad in themselves, yet they keep you from going higher in spiritual pursuits. Weights are also anything that takes Gods place in your heart. God is supposed to have the first and supreme place in your affections. He is not meant to be one of many treasures in your life. He is meant to be the treasure of your life, your first love. Colossians 3:1-2 says, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Once again, notice that verse doesnt say the Lord will set your affection for you. It says you must set your affection. Its your responsibility. If you dont devote much time to the Lord, you will find it very difficult to overcome your fleshly desires. You will find yourself laying them down one day…and picking them back up the next, because spiritually youre just not strong enough to do what you know you should do. When you find yourself in that condition, immediately begin to spend more time reading and meditating on the Word of God. Start spending more time in prayer and fellowship with Him. Your union with the Lord is what makes your spirit strong, so focus on maintaining that union. Youll soon find you have more than enough strength to overcome that stubborn sin, or turn off that television program, or set aside that golf game to hear the Word, or cancel that trip to the mall when the Lord prompts you to spend time with Him. Remember this: The Lord can change anything about you. He can take care of any situation in your life if youll give Him enough of your time. As you spend time with Him in the Word and in prayer, youll begin to get victory on the inside of you. And once you get victory on the inside, victory on the outside is a sure thing!Ezekiel 21-22; Psalm 103I set my affection on the things of God. Colossians 3:2
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-3