Wherefore seeing (since) we also are compassed (surrounded by) about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset (ensnare) us, and let us run with patience (perseverance) the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12-1.
Weights are something you use to strengthen your muscles, according to what type of weight you use, it can be either helpful or harmful. Too much of anything can get you off balance and cause an adverse reaction. Weight is a heaviness that will keep a person from moving forward whether its naturally or spiritually. Spiritually speaking, Christians must be careful who and what they allow in their lives that would become a weight. Too many times, Christians are looking at the big “No, No’s such as lying, stealing, fornication, and adultery not realizing sin is not categorized by God, anything that rebels against the written Word of God is a sin.
If we become to busy to pray, whatever we’re doing can become a weight. If we spend more time talking on the phone or watching television and on the computer rather than taking time to read and study the Word of God for twenty or thirty minutes, it will become a weight. Some Christians spend more time on what they will wear to work or church than the time they will take to pray and read the Bible. Weights are not a sin, but it can become sin if we continue to stay in that state of mindset. Weights can hinder our spiritual growth, this is why the Bible has instructed the Christian to set their affections on things above and not the things on the earth because if we don’t; we will allow weights to become apart of our life.
Satan influences Christians with actions that appear harmless just as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. There’s nothing wrong with watching tv programs, but what type of program are you watching and are you more faithful to watching the program than you are with praying? As Christians, we need to get back to basics, if we pray like we should as Christians, our spirit will let us know when we’re going against the will of God. Our spirit is either going to be in tune with God spirit or Satan and if it’s in tune with Satan, he’s not going to let you know you’re against the Word of God; he will influence you that there is nothing wrong with what you’re doing.
He will tell you other Christians are doing it or it doesn’t take all that to be a Christian. God has written instructions He wants us to adhere to; God hasn’t instructed us to do something that He has not enable us to do. Read and study the Bible, take time to pray so that you can be sensitive to the Spirit of God and His leading. Weights come in different forms, shapes, and sizes, they need to be dealt with if you want to have a close relationship with the Father and be a citizen of heaven.
If we continue to allow weights to flourish in our behavior eventually we will begin to have a carnal mind. A carnal mind is enmity against God (Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God – Romans 8:7-8). Enmity is a bitter attitude or feelings of an enemy or enemies, hostililty. If this is in us towards God we have became His enemy and not His people. This can kind of attitude is manifested in those that hate God, those that says there is no God! What are you saying to God in your behavior?