Memorise Hebrews 12:1
“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us.”
In Hebrews 12:1, Paul looks at the Christian journey in life as a race. Many godly and courageous men of faith have gone before us and they are our glorious examples of victory over sin.
What do you do to win a race? You remove everything that you do not need (“let us lay aside every weight”) and especially things that slows you down (“the sin which so easily beset us”), so you can run freely and win the race! These sins are our baggage that slows us down in the spiritual race of living for Christ. The word “beset” means literally “to place around or to stand around” – something that is placed around us so we can barely move! So, it is not something that pops up in front of you now and then, but it is always there – a habitual sin!
Do you have besetting sin? All of us are unique with our own weakness and struggles, and so we are faced with different types of besetting sins. Mine could be laziness, yours could be impatience. The danger is that it can be so much a part of us that we excuse it away by saying, “It’s just me, I was born with it, I can’t help it”. But if you say so, you are in practice blaspheming God. Remember Philippians 4:3 (“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”) or Matthew 19:26 (“… with God all things are possible”).
Dear teen, how do I deal with besetting sins? Look to Jesus, “the author (founder) and finisher of our faith”. Read His words, understand them, and obey them daily, pray to know Him better and to ask Him to help you in your walk with God, and grow. When you know God truly and love Him, sins becomes abhorrent. They will melt away, they will no longer “surround” you and slow you down in your race, and you can see God at the finishing line! This race also calls for endurance and discipline. As Jesus endured the pain and agony of the cross, we too need to despise the little ills and inconveniences of our life. Be strong to endure hardship and suffer pain if need be. Let us fight the good fight of faith and soon we will taste the victory.
Thought: As I learn to love God more and more, worldly sins would be less and less attractive to me.
Prayer: Lord, help me to glorify You daily by not sinning.