Laying Aside Every Encumbrance

This week I’ve been in prayer about exactly what the Lord wants me to share tomorrow as I lead our ladies bible study on the book of Jonah. The topic He’s shown me fits in quite well with this blog series on stewarding the heart, so I thought I’d share it with you today.

The topic is Laying Aside every Encumbrance. Encumbrances are things that get in our way by literally weighing us down from the freedom to move forward in victory towards any goal the Lord is leading us to co accomplish with Him.  The sky is the limit as to what these things can be.  Some examples that come to mind are such things as the fear on man, self-centeredness, addictions, busyness, and the focus on riches.

In Hebrews 12:1 it says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Encumbrances in this case are all things that entangles us, because once we give way to those things~we are hindered from freely running our race of faith.

Personally, I know I can become entangled in the encumbrance of unbelief. When the Lord has given me a promise and I truly believe it with all  my heart, and choose to follow, trust and obey the leading of His Spirit to do my part, but when complete, I don’t see the fruit of the promise, I can fall into this entanglement. 

In God’s Word, Jesus spoke the following powerful words to the Jews in John chapter 8, If you hold to My teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.   He says, If you HOLD to My teaching. To HOLD means not to merely study the Scriptures, but to embrace them, to act upon them, and to obey them.  When we do these things, the truth that is imparted through them will set us free.

In the Scriptures there are truths and promises for everything that would try to encumber us. As we make and take the time to become familiar with them, the Holy Spirit will impart to us the specific truths that will do just that; individually set us free.  But as I’ve said before, unless we put them into practice, by first believing and then acting upon them, the fruit of freedom will not be ours.

Regarding the encumbrance I shared about above; unbelief; the Lord has personally shown me recently that FAITH is what pleases Him and when I act upon His promptings; even when I don’t see the  immediate fruit, it is imperative I remember that He is pleased with my faith~ and that is enough.  That is the fruit He is looking for and that I need to focus on as success.  All the rest I can leave to Him, His grace, and His timing.

Just because we don’t see the results when and how we think we will, doesn’t mean there are not fruitful results. Choose with me today to steward your heart to listen, obey and never give us believing.  When you do, hope will be the byproduct and the blessing of the Lord as He whispers in your ear, Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master………….

-The Quilted Poetess

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