“The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.”- Isaiah 46:1
Fourteen years ago when I turned from my sin and confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life a great burden was lifted from me. I felt like a new woman as the weight of sin was lifted from my shoulders, through the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
I wish I could tell you since that point that I have run freely with Christ, not weighed down by any burdens or distracted by any hindrances. However, I cannot say that. In fact, I am ashamed to admit that more often than not it seems I am easily weighed down by a heavy burden, because if our lives are free from sin through Jesus Christ, Satan has lost that battle over our lives, but then he’ll try to fill us with a weight similar to the one before. Although the weight of sin has been removed from us forever thanks to Jesus, the burden of storing up idols in our hearts has not.
I wish I could say I’ve never set up an idol in my heart before God since becoming a follower of Jesus, but I have, time and time again allowed their control to fill my life with the weight of anxiety, fear, doubt and pride.
If Satan can convince God’s followers that something is greater than the love of the Father, then God’s people won’t run freely the race marked out for them. Instead, their lives will be filled with distraction from their addictions they hold so dear. We have to stop giving Satan victory over our lives as we stand in agreement with his lies, and set up idols in our hearts, weighing us down as we carry them about.
Maybe this devotional isn’t for you this morning, but I very much feel like it’s for me. Pray I would run away from those idols I have held so dear for so long. Pray I would throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Pray I would find more delight in Jesus then I would in meeting the needs my idols speak into my heart. I will pray the same for you.
Father, forgive me, I have set up foolish idols in my heart that have brought about great burdens in my heart and mind. They keep me distracted from you, they wage war against your freedom for me and I don’t want to keep giving them victory, so today, through your power I choose to walk in freedom, in Jesus name.