WHAT HAS YOU CLOGGED UP?
Hebrews 12:1King James Version (KJV) 12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us 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,
The sink in my bathroom was clogged up for some time. The water had been draining slowly, and it was getting on my nerves! I repeatedly forgot to go to the store to pick up some Liquid Plummer. But finally this Wednesday, I purchased some from CVS. I have no idea what was clogging up the sink, but this would be the second time I had to use Liquid Plummer to unclog it. The directions said to use half of the bottle and then wait 15 minutes. After fifteen minutes you are supposed to run hot water for five minutes or so. Well, I did that, and then I checked to see if the drain was flowing freely when the water pressure was turned up. Unfortunately, the water was still piling up and not going down quickly. I reached under the cabinet door and pulled the bottle out and emptied it. I proceeded to follow the same steps. The second time was the charm. The water emptied out speedily.
I say all that to say this: Sometimes a little dab won't do. Sometimes you have to apply a second coat, a second touch, and or a second application. In this case, I had to empty the whole bottle!
It is time out for playing around with our anointing, health, finances, relationships, and addictions. We must go all out. Whatever we need to do to receive our healing, or delivered, we must do it. We live in a society that wants everything done in a Nano second. We have a microwave mentality. We want to click on an app and have it search the answer. We go to YouTube to find out how to do this thing or that thing.
I had a Pac-n-play play yard for my granddaughters, but I did not know how to fold it down. I went to YouTube, and it talked me through all the directions. That's what we want; we want others to do the work for us because we don't want to read anymore. We don't want to pray, fast, tarry, and wait for the answers to our problems.
Now, I am not knocking YouTube or any of the social media programs; I use them all the time! What I am saying is that there is not always an "App," that can solve your issues. I am finding out that once you get to these apps, there is still something more that you need before you can be fully operational.
The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Ghost. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We will stumble if we look away from him to stare at ourselves or the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep him in sight.
Whatever is clogging up your drain/soul, spirit, you must eradicate it. Put your whole mind, body, soul, and spirit, into the process of cleaning out your heart. We need patience and endurance because we have a race to run. We must let go of everything that slows us down. You have never seen a 300-pound sprinter running the 100-meter race. You have never seen an Olympic sprinter running in winter outerwear, boots, hats, scarves, etc. They strip down to their shorts and a tee shirt; even their running shoes are lightweight.
The Christian life is not a bed of roses; neither did our Lord say it would be. Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free, no there's a cross for everyone, and there's a cross for me. So if there are circumstances that are keeping you full of the devil instead of full of God, take a Holy Ghost enema. Our mothers and grandmothers knew what to give us whenever we got constipated. They knew the potions, herbs, medicines that would clean out our insides. After taking that medication, we felt a lot better. Things flowed more freely. You didn't get a stomach ache; get a cold, earaches, sore throat, etc.
Of course taking a pill, herbs, potions and other old fashion methods cannot help you with your relationship with God. You are going to have to be intentional in seeking to become more like Christ. Reading the Bible, studying the word, praying, fellowshipping with other believers, applying faith and changing your friends are all ways to help you to grow into the man or woman of God has designed you to be.
Determine to go all the way so that you do not keep slipping back into sin. Half measures do not work. You cannot do the Hokey Pokey with God's business. You either obey God or you don't. There is no middle ground. We are not called to a gospel of comfort and ease! It will cost you to be in the army of the Lord, but it will be worth it. If you read verse one of Hebrews 12, you will see that there is a whole crowd of witnesses cheering you and me on. They are members of the household of faith. They are members of the Hall of Fame, the patriarchs of faith. But wait, we have members of our own families; Moms and Dads, Big Mama, Aunties and Uncles who are encouraging us to run this Christian race until we reach the goal line. Suffering is the training ground for Christian maturity. It develops our patience and makes our final victory so sweet.
Be blessed and don't forget to say your prayers.