Losing Weight

The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls—never to rise again. Isaiah 24:20

Most of us would like to lose some weight. Members from Hempfield COB have done some recent teaching on the benefits of "wellness" and no such conversation would be complete without acknowledging that we would all be better off with...a little less of us.

Just as we all have our "problem areas," so weight has its own manifestations, too. Isaiah is prophesying about God's judgment of the earth, including such terrifying images as "the foundations of the earth shake...the earth is broken up (and) split asunder" (Isaiah 24:18-19). Then he paints the picture of the earth "reeling like a drunkard" and "swaying like a hut in the wind". Why? Because "the guilt of its rebellion" is so heavy. Picture a Donald Trump-sized mansion...in a tree. Its weight will surely spell its own destruction.

The next time you're in the kitchen or grocery store, pick up a 5-lb bag of flour. Then imagine it taped somewhere to your body. That would sure slow you down, wouldn't it? And so it is with our own rebellion against God. Instead of following His will and staying light on our feet, we swallow more and more sin and grow heavier with the burdens we won't ask Christ to share. We are, in effect, building additions to a shack that won't survive the coming storm.

How similar is the status of our spirits and our flesh! We know that the bowl of ice cream in front of us will cause us two minutes of pleasure but days of grief. And we also know that our selfish decisions will ensure that we continue carry a load so heavy that we can't even look up to see the cross on the top of the hill.

But not all weight is bad. Author John Eldredge writes that his friend gave him a piece of advice one day that changed his life: "Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it." In this respect--as servants to the One who literally carried the weight of all our sins on a cross--we need to be heavyweights. If not, your walk with God won't leave a footprint on the world. You'll be a tumbleweed, blowing around at the whim of the wind, lacking direction and making no impact.

The lie that our Enemy would have us believe is that we are all lightweights. Don't we even think that about Christ, sometimes--a carpenter who just went around holding lambs, smiling at children and telling people to be nice to each other? How about the scene from John 18 when the mob comes to arrest him? When Jesus says, "I am he" they "drew back and fell to the ground." (John 18:5). That's power--knocking a crowd over with a spoken word. And yet this heavyweight goes quietly...but not until after healing the guard's ear with his loving touch.

Ask yourself these questions:

"What burden of sin or unissued forgiveness is weighing me down today?"

"How can I start to become a person of such goodness, humility and spiritual strength that I begin to make an impact?"

Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 6:25


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"How can I start to become a person of such goodness, humility and spiritual strength that I begin to make an impact?"

Good Question...

October 01, 2009 - 12:44

I like the Eldredge quote. Provocative. Very provocative.

October 01, 2009 - 12:40

Pastor Kent wrote:

We know that the bowl of ice cream in front of us will cause us two minutes of pleasure but days of grief

Okay Pastor Kent, I liked your message, but I gotta tell you that if your bowl of ice cream only brings you 2 minutes of pleasure, then either

1 - your bowl of ice cream is way too small


2 - you are eating it way too fast!!

I recommend you either slow down buddy, or get a real ice cream bowl.


Smart Alex
October 01, 2009 - 12:23
Reply to Smart Alex

that is an ice cream bowl!

shawn smith
October 01, 2009 - 12:54
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Smart Alex,

I USUALLY wait for the brainfreeze to go away before I start writing. Usually!

Kent Rice
October 02, 2009 - 04:54
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October 02, 2009 - 07:27

How appropos! It figures that your very first devotional on the web would mention John Eldredge

But the quote was good, and the devotional was too!

Welcome to publishing on the WWW at Hempfield COB dot ORG!

Thanks for challenging us.

BTW, I'll never get the 5lb. bag thing out of my mind.

Shawn Smith
October 01, 2009 - 04:13
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