Daily Devotional 3-16-20

Set Yourself Free
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us…  Hebrew 12:1

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. There are things in our lives of which we are proud; others we are not so proud of. While we celebrate our strengths and keep employing for our personal and public good, we sometimes do not know what to do with our weaknesses. Many people have concluded they cannot do anything about their weaknesses. It’s a lost battle!

The writer of this letter seems not to downplay sin. He recognizes some sins easily entangle us.  You may have the mastery to resist and avoid certain sins, but other sins easily overcome you.   In such situations, we are tempted to see those sins as normal because we’ve lived with them for so long, and over time, we’ve lost the truth about them. It could even be associated with your personality. 

The writer also points out “weights” we ought to lay aside. These may not necessarily be sins, but are activities, behaviors, tendencies, etc., that slow down our spiritual progress; depressing and stomping our growth, they cause retrogression and make us spiritually immature. These weights do not provide you with the freedom and joy to live a spiritually vibrant life. They cause you to lag; they decrease your momentum and effectiveness.

We are in the Lenten season, and we take the opportunity to examine our lives to identify the sins that easily entangle us and the weights that drag us behind our spiritual potential. Can you identify these in your life? In Christ Jesus, you have what it takes to be free from the things you aren’t proud of in your life.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me recognize my besetting sins, and the weights I have carried for years, and grant me the desire and strength to please you with a new way of living.