All That Hinders

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“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”

Hebrews 12:1b NIV

There is a sense of joy heard in the invitation to throw off all that hinders and run. Like a child running in the field or the dog escaping out of the gate. To run free with faith unhindered and feet untangled in the mission God has created you for.

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews paints the faces and hearts of those who served God with great passion and unflinching faithfulness. Those who suffered, risked, obeyed and followed through in faith.

They are seated in the heavenly grandstands, cheering you on.

Telling you to throw off everything that hinders and run the race God has called you to run.

To hold nothing back.

To let go of fear and embrace the call of God on your life, trusting him to empower you to do it.

Running fast and free is not accomplished by focusing on what is holding you back but by focusing on where you are going.

Turn your face to the finish line and run free.

What is holding you back from running free?

What can you do today to drop it?

One Step

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God will complete what He started in you. The thing is that you decide how long it takes  for some things to be worked out.

God has begun a good work in you, but if you don’t step out in faith and obey what He has asked of you, the work will not be done…quickly.

If you choose to hold on to bitterness rather than forgive, you lengthen your journey.

If you allow fear to stop you from stepping up and doing what God has called you to do, Jesus won’t leave you. He will walk with you. He will continue to heal you, develop His grace in you. God will continue to bring it before you and put the choice(s) in your hand.

What you choose to do with it, is up to you.

Are there things that God has asked you to do?

Is your lack of obedience causing a holding pattern for His purpose in you?

Many times, God has already given us what we need to grow. He is waiting for us to take the step.

The Word says that God will work in you but He will not walk for you. That is up to you.

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6 NIV

Go for it!

Even if it is a small thing, obey.

Especially if it is a small thing, obey.

Just take one more step and trust God for each step after.