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Lay Aside Every Weight. (Heb.12:1). Weight = Hindrance Not necessarily sinful, but not helpful (1Co.6:12) If desire is to finish - shed the weight ! Key is DESIRE / VALUE (Mt.6:21). “Therefore…let us lay aside every weight…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”.

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Lay Aside Every Weight

(Heb.12:1)

  • Weight = Hindrance

    • Not necessarily sinful, but not helpful (1Co.6:12)

  • If desire is to finish - shed the weight!

  • Key is DESIRE / VALUE(Mt.6:21)

“Therefore…let us lay aside every weight…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Worldly Success

  • Great in God’s mind or in man’s eyes?

    • (Mk.10:43-45)(Jo.12:42-43)(Jo.5:44)

  • Why is this a “WEIGHT”?

    • Because you may have to lose “worldly success” in order to remain faithful to God (Mt.10:22-25) (1Co.4:11-13,16)

“Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant”


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Worldly Success

  • Women pressured to follow the world’s standards for success

    • God’s priority for the woman - “home keeper” or “home manager”(Tit.2:5) (1Ti.5:14)

    • Women were created for this purpose(Ge.2:18)(1Co.11:9) (1Pe.3:1-6) (Pr.31)

    • “Older women” should be “teaching” this!(Tit.2:3-5)

“She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Pr.31:27)


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Worldly Success

  • Women pressured to follow the world’s standards for success

    • Priority is determined by the time and effort devoted to a task

    • Women are being “weighed down” and torn apart at the seams trying to be “super-mom” and pursue things that are not their responsibility

“lay aside every weight… and … run with endurance the race that is set...”


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Worldly Success

  • Pursue job at cost of God? (Jas.4:14)

    • Does job regularly cause missed assemblies? (He.10:25)

    • “Ox in the ditch”? (Lk.14:5) Get another ox!

    • Most believe that there will be “a time” in the future when they will fully devote their lives (Js.4:14) (Lk.12:16-21, 42-47)

“No one can serve two masters… he will be loyal to the one and despise the other” (Mt.6:24)


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Worldly Friends

  • The insatiable desire for people of the world to approve of us and befriend us

  • Friend of the world / Enemy of God (Js.4:4)

    • Dating a non-Christian (2Co.6:14)(1Co.15:33)

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”


Non-Christians

149 Total

106 Left the Lord

43 Faithful

44 Divorced

26 Converted Mate

Christians

112 Total

8 Left the Lord

104 Faithful

4 Divorced

Weights Which Hinder Us...

Marriage of Christians To…

“Nor shall you make marriages with them… For they will turn your sons away from following Me” (De.7:3-4)


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Worldly Friends

  • The insatiable desire for people of the world to approve of us and befriend us

  • Friend of the world / Enemy of God (Js.4:4)

    • Dating a non-Christian (2Co.6:14) (1Co.15:33)

  • Trying to become like the world (2 Co.6:17)

    • We should beseparate from the world so we can reach the world! (1Pe.3:15)

    • Church should change world, not be changed by the world (Tit. 2:11-14)

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Pleasure Or Fun

  • Pleasure is deceitful and can bring one under bondage (2Ti.3:1-5) (1Ti.5:6)

    • Keep kids too busy to learn godliness?

  • Self-indulgence of Samson (Jud. 14:3)

  • Esau (Heb. 12:16) vs. Moses (Heb. 11:24-26)

“lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”


Weights Which Hinder Us...

Desire For Wealth

  • Wealth is not evil - but the desire for wealth is a tremendous weight

    • (Pr.23:4) (1Ti.6:9-10) (Lk. 12:15-21)

    • Abraham (Ge.24:35) Job (Job 1:21) - rich and faithful

    • May restrict path to Heaven (Mt. 19:24)

    • May choke out the word (Mk. 4:19)

“Labour not to be rich…for riches certainly make themselves wings.”


Why Lay Aside These Weights?

  • In order to RUN(He.12:1)

    • Like our examples (He.11:25-38)

    • With endurance (He.12:1)

    • Prepared for persecution (2Ti.2:4)

  • In order to FINISH

“Therefore…let us lay aside every weight…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”


How Do We Lay Aside These Weights?

  • Look to the AUTHOR and FINISHER

    • His example (He.12:2)

      • For the joy that was set before Him

      • Endured the cross

      • Despised the shame

      • Sat down at the right hand of God

    • His teaching (Mt.18:8-9; 10:37-39)

    • His zeal (Mk.3:21)

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”


Do You REALLY Want To Finish?

  • Weight = Hindrance

    • Not necessarily sinful, but not helpful (1Co.6:12)

  • If desire is to finish - shed the weight!

  • Key is DESIRE / VALUE(Mt.6:21)

“For the joy set before Him”


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