Set It Aside

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews12:1-2

 

“…let us also lay aside…”

This morning as I sat and was reading Ephesians, the verses from the first part of Hebrews 12 came to mind.  I was thinking how amazing the Apostle Paul was.  We really have no clue what that man truly endured and we read in scripture of him proclaiming joy, praise, peace, love and rarely, if ever, complaining.  Life, the living or not living of it, is a choice.  I am not talking death and life here.  I mean living the life we have been given; or enduring the life we have been given……we decide.

I have some old struggles that rear their ugly heads now and then.  As I continue to mature in my walk of faith, I can get discouraged that some old struggles still exist……wonder why I am not free of them yet.  I am thinking the answer to those kind of struggles is revealed in Hebrews……”let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely…”  I have a choice to make, to either continue to entertain the struggle or lay it aside.  It takes action on my part.  Instead of the Lord taking the struggle away, I have to choose to lay it down.  And every time I pick it back up……I have to choose whether to lay it back down or carry it with me.

I have choices to make.  How about you?

In and For Him,

Kay

6 thoughts on “Set It Aside

  1. What a lesson for today…. thank you! I am on holidays with my daughter–we flew to my parents place late last night– and had a not to wonderful experience on our flight. My old self came rushing in with horrible thoughts and feelings and even muttering under my breath not nice things….today I feel guilty that I didn’t handle things better…but like you said…I have a choice….so I chose to lay it aside and and seek for the strength to handle things better next time…although I hope there won’t be a next time 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder….I love your posts and that you share your heart…have a great weekend!!!

  2. In the 1924 Paris Olympics, a twenty-two-year-old Scottish athlete said “no” to self and “yes” to God. Eric Liddell dropped out of his best event—the 100-yard dash—because the qualifying heats were held on a Sunday.

    He entered the 400-yard dash. Even though he hadn’t trained for it, he won the gold medal. A lot of people know that story but don’t realize that Eric Liddell kept saying “no” to self and “yes” to God.

    After the Olympics, Eric served in China as a missionary. In 1943 he was interned in a Japanese concentration camp but continued to serve God and joyfully minister to other prisoners. While still in the camp, Eric suffered a brain tumor that left him partially paralyzed.

    As he lay dying, his final words to his nurse were, “Annie, it’s complete surrender.” Liddell’s life is a powerful call to say “no” to self and “yes” to God.

    –Seeking Him–
    Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

  3. Hi K.,
    Good to see you again on the blog. I, too, have had many decisions to make recently and the consequences are uncertain. So I am leaving them in the hands of our Lord for his determining.
    He is my ever-present help and resource.
    Love to you. Barbara

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