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Lay it Aside

Get rid of the noise. Lay aside those things that so easily beset and live the life God created you to live. What are these distractions, hindrances, and strongholds? I name only a few, just let the Holy Spirit reveal to you those areas that you are to let go and go on with Him. Anything worldly ties or crutches that we depend on to give us peace, pleasure, or purpose. Recreational choices that are not of God, what we watch on television, fantasies we dream up in our minds, elements we put into our bodies, things we do with our body.

What is consecration in our day today? It is offering our lives, our time, our hearts, and our minds to the Lord to do with as He pleases. There is such anxiety in our flesh before we fully let go. Such questions as, “What will I do without it?” “How will I fill my time?” may surface and send us into a panicky state of mind. This is evidence that we must let that go by repenting and renouncing the choice we may have made to participate in such – even if initially we did not know the magnitude of such a choice.

Let the blood of Jesus cleanse you from every wrong doing and the Holy Spirit lead you on. There is so much more to behold, do, think, feel, experience in God. The lie is that if we don’t partake of the world we will not find satisfaction and immediate gratification of our desires.

Oh beloved, on the other side of the letting go there are treasures at His right hand that we have yet to experience. There is a peace that passes all understanding. There is a joy that is incomparable to the highest pleasure the world offers. And most of all, there is experience of God’s presence and the satisfaction of His delight.

From this union there is an intimacy with the Almighty that the world can only mimic but pales in comparison. Out of this Holy communion comes the works of our hands that we do, not as a compelling from a heavy taskmaster, but as a gentle prompting moving us into His purpose for our lives. What satisfaction every effort we make provides as we have an assurance that all we do, we do as unto Him and life matters.

Hebrews 12:1-12

“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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,  and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’ Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined – and everyone undergoes discipline – then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.'”