Sunday, 12 January 2014

THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS

TEXT: HEBREW 12:1
“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.”
God has presented before us another 365 glorious days to walk with Him. This New Year is another opportunity to make amends and correct things that we did not do right in 2013. The lord said to Abram to walk with Him and be blameless (Genesis 17:1). The lord is calling on you this year to walk before Him and be blameless like Abram. We all claim the blessing of Abraham; but we often forget the price that Abraham paid (ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE). The lord has loaded each day of this 2014 with benefits, for you to be a partaker of these blessings you have to be upright, your ways must be pleasing to Him.
Look back to the previous Year, What do you see? Failure, Fulfilment, or wasted opportunities? If you were fulfilled in the previous year, you can achieve better this year. Therefore do not rest on your oars. For your failure and wasted opportunities, God says in Joel 2:25 that “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” it is good to look back to see where you have missed it, but do not dwell too long in your past. Whether good or bad; do not get stuck in your past. 2013 has gone and can never be seen again, you have the privilege to make good use of 365 days in 2014 therefore all hope is not lost. Our text says “we should throw off EVERYTHING that hinders and the sin that EASILY entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” For you to walk before the lord and be blameless you need to do the following things:
THROW AWAY EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS, as a Christian running the race to heaven, you need to free yourself from any load that can hinder your movement. Bearing loads and burdens with you while running your Christian race would affect your success and your result. Do away with malice, anger, back-biting, hatred, jealousy, lies and all other works of the flesh.
AVOID SIN THAT EASILY ENTANGLES, sin is a reproach to believers. The scripture says God’s eyes are too pure to behold iniquity; you need to live a holy life to be at peace with God. God’s hands are not too short to save us but when sin sets in, it breaks the relationship between God and man, to partake in His blessing this year; stay off sin.
Lastly, you need PERSEVERANCE to run your Christian race. Without perseverance you may want to throw in the towel, because you would be faced with some challenges during the course of your heavenly race.
You need the Holy Spirit to help you to be rooted in Christ so that you will be able to stand the trial of faith that you would encounter on your way to your heavenly goal.

Take a stock of your life, look at what you need to MAINTAIN, what you need to IMPROVE ON, and what you NEED TO DO AWAY WITH, and take necessary steps to make the most of your time in 2014.

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