Hebrews 12.1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
When David was to fight Goliath, Saul clothed him with his armor, put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, but couldn’t because “he had not tested them”. David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So he took them off.
Some of you are carrying weights on you and you’re wondering why you’re not so effective, not making much progress, not moving as fast as you want, not receiving as much blessings from God as you should, why you’re not prospering as much as you desire: maybe it’s because of the weights you’re carrying! Have you ever stopped to consider that those habits, addictions, relationships, words, and actions of yours could be affecting you negatively? Sometimes we are pressurized to do what we don’t want to do, but like David, we should be courageous enough to say, no, I cannot walk with these; I cannot run with these; I cannot please God with these!
Yes, brothers and sisters, we’ve got to drop the weights affecting us spiritually, physically, financially and otherwise. Sometimes the weights seem okay on us; sometimes we try to manage with the weights; sometimes we’ve carried these weights for too long that they’ve become a part of us; I understand; but you must also understand how the damage that those weights are capable of causing; you must also understand the costs of continuing to carry those weights. May God give you the will and the courage to do what’s necessary.