Lighten Your Load

Isaiah 42:3 – A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench.

Pastors and teachers have long said that living the Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon. Nor is it a stroll in the park or a meander along the beach.  It is a goal-directed journey, an uphill climb toward Christlikeness. Weights might be good for training, but they aren’t good when running the race. They slow down or totally impede progress.

What weighs you down? They might be little things, like watching television all day, snacking at the refrigerator too often, the distracting things that “call  your name” during these days of self-isolation and stay-at-home orders. Or the weight could be that sin that just won’t let go of you—or, more correctly, that you haven’t decided to discard. You and God know what that might be. It could even be fear, when God has told you to “Fear not.” God wants you to lose those encumbering weights, and free yourself up for what lies ahead.

How? Identify what is holding you back, confess it and turn away from it, get into God’s Word, and let His Spirit fill you and let Him control you as you make progress on the path He has set before you.

Pray With Us

Holy God, I confess to you that there have been things holding me back from being fully committed to my spiritual journey with You. Forgive me, and set my feet on that higher ground where you want me to be. Your plans for me sometimes seem distant and dim. God, give me more clarity. Help me see the next step in my goal to becoming more like Jesus. You are a good, good Father, and I thank You for forgiving me and placing me aright. In Jesus Precious Name,


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