“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.” Hebrews 12:1
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
“How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?” Deuteronomy 1:12
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” Isaiah 10:27
God is our personal trainer. If we yield to Him through obedience, He will ensure that all of our spiritual muscles are effectively worked out. As we meet Him daily in prayer for our spiritual fitness session — He lays out the plan for our spiritual progression.
As we are continually frustrated by the mirror image that we view daily, the Lord perpetually reminds us to be patient and to trust His process. Take heed to the scriptures:
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Let the personal trainer do His job and let’s be obedient to His training plan. You may not see the results immediately, but over time your strength will be evident.
Lifting the Weight
Personal failures, habitual struggles, great transgressions, minor infractions, relationship mismanagement, financial crises, fears and insecurities, and other conditions all represent a form of weight for mankind.
A man without a “functional” Lord and Savior will categorically have a weight lifting problem. These issues will weigh down a man’s spirit so that if he is saved, he will soon be convinced that he is not.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…”
We must lift this weight off of us so that we can effectively run the race that is set before us. What we need to understand is that we must take action to “lift” or as the scripture says to “lay aside” the weight. This is something that you must do.
You must deal with your own sins — you must lift them to Jesus.
Acts 2:40 says, “…Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”
This does not mean that you have the power to save yourself – only God can do that — but your “lifting” mission deals with your responsibility to get yourself in a position where the Savior can save you.
God is our spiritual spotter. As we deal with the hard problems and the heaviness that these issues bring, He stands over us and is pleased at our effort to try to be better.
When we reach the point of almost giving up, He grabs the bar and ensures that the weight is lifted totally above us. Why doesn’t God just take the weight? Why doesn’t He just lift it Himself? He allows us to lift it because it is part of our strengthening process. God keeps us working through it as long as it continues to bring value to our faith and testimony. Working through issues is a good way to appreciate them when you are finally delivered. But as we continue to try — we must realize that the spotter is always near.
“…be content with such things as ye have: for he said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
The amazing thing is that after months or years of continuing in the process of “lifting,” you look back and see that you are much stronger than you were when you started.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”
— Mother Teresa
“Within every adversity lies a slumbering possibility.”
— Robert H. Schuller
“The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Psalm 121:8
Inner Courts Prayer
I want to thank you for being my personal trainer, coach and spotter. With all of the challenges that I have personally, I know that I need you on my side to be successful.
And I thank you also for making my “weights” work for me. I realize that I am better because of what I’ve been through. Please continue to work with me that I may be the man that you are “building” me to be!
In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
An excerpt from “In the Inner Courts With God for Men”
BY BISHOP LYLE DUKES