annie's Devotionals

I Want to Lay Aside the Thing That Besets Me

Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us… Hebrews 12:1

The word besets means:

  • to attack from all sides,

  • to trouble persistently; harass;

  • to hem in; surround.
One thing I’ve learned is that I seem unable to lay aside the weight, or sin that besets me. I’ve tried so many times, I can’t even count them. For me, it is food. I eat the things I shouldn’t eat, and don’t eat the things I should…I can identify with Paul who said something similar:
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate….
…For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out.For I don't do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don't want to do
Romans 7:15; 18-19
Then today I read this scripture:
I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side [a] in heaven. There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well. Ephesians 1:19-21
If I truly believe that the power that raised Christ from the dead is available to me, wouldn't that change me? His power has done many things in my life…why not this? Am I missing some key element? Is it that I’m scared because I know that when I stop doing what I don’t want to do (eating sugar, carbs which is my ‘drug of choice’) then feelings I’ve held back for so many years will surface…and then what? Do I not trust Him enough to get me through it? Why has this been the hardest struggle of my life? God miraculously delivered me from stealing when I asked him for help at 7 or 8 years old. And He did it that very day. I had tried many times to quit because I was scared of getting caught. Then I did get caught at one store, so I just went to the other one. And He’s brought me through so much, I don’t understand why I seem to do this. Am I still trying in my own strength? How would it look to simply rely on His strength, His power?

In the above Ehpesians verses, “Paul gives us a peek at the dynamic source of our authority in Christ. He explains that the authority at our disposal flows from the reservoir of power which raised Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him at the Father's right hand. That power source is so dynamic that Paul used four different Greek words in verse 19 to describe it: power (dunameos), working (energeian), strength (kratous), and might (ischuos) . Behind the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ lies the mightiest work of power recorded in the Word of God. And the same power which raised Christ from the dead and defeated Satan is the power available to us to overcome the works of Satan in our daily lives.” From Daily in Christ

I continue my quest to finally have the answer to my dilemma and be able to overcome this “weight” (pun intended) that does so easily beset me. Is there an area in your life that you need to lay aside, also translated as “throw off”? Is there an area in your life where you need His power to get you through? We are to be overcomers, and He said we can be because He overcame the world. Will you join me in this quest to be an overcomer? And please share with me those things you have overcome or if you want to share your similar struggle. please feel free to do so. annie

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