Cast Off The Weights That Impede Your Faith-Race

Isaiah 62:10 says, “Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples.”

As I read this verse several times I thought about the stones and what they represent. Hebrews 12:1 says, “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

When a farmer wants to sow a field, he makes sure that there are no stones to impede the seed when it sprouts. What might be ‘stones’ in our lives that would keep our faith from increasing?

Doubt, fear, unbelief; regret, shame, guilt; bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness; anger, malice, hate; worry, fretting, and impatience are a few that came to mind. Each of these would cause heart dis-ease.

Our heart is our belief center. Every thought comes from what we believe about our past, present, and future. Here is one constant that empowers us: God’s faithfulness. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

When we focus on Who the Lord is at all times, it grounds us so that our faith will not be shaken. Mark 11:22 is key. It says, “…Have faith in God.” Our circumstances change constantly, but the God of our circumstances remains steadfast. Our faith thrives when it is IN Him who never changes.

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