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, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Today's Morsel: Airlines have become stricter for overweight bags. They now charge you extra for any bag weighing over 50 pounds. It seems as though they are trying to get us to travel light. When traveling within Asia, most Asian airlines will only allow you to carry 20 kilos (44 pounds). Travel light or pay the fine. The writer of Hebrews says that we need to lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us. Just what weights are you carrying around? What cares are you holding on to? What weight can't you shake? Peter tells us to cast all our care upon Jesus for he careth for us (1 Peter 5:7). I think it's time that every believer unload anything they are carrying that isn't like Christ. If you've been hurt, lay it aside. If you been lied on, lay it aside. If you've made a bad decision, lay it aside. If you've just gone through an ugly divorce, lay it aside. Whatever weight is impeding your progress in Christ, lay it aside, as you can't bring it into heaven with you anyhow. As Paul said, you brought nothing into this world and you for certain can't carry it out. So lay it aside. You can't run the race carrying them.
Sing: 1. I'm trading my sorrow. I'm trading my shame. I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord. I'm trading my sickness. I'm trading my pain. I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord. (Chorus)
2. I'm pressed but not crushed, persecuted not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. I'm blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure, and his joy's gonna be my strength. Though the sorrow may last for the night, His joy comes with the morning. (Chorus)
Chorus: And we say yes Lord, yes Lord, yes, yes Lord. Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes, yes Lord. Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes, yes Lord, Amen!