WHAT ARE YOU HOLDING ON TO
What are you holding on to that is holding you back from God’s best? It may seem insignificant to you, for you have held onto it for so long it has become a natural every day thing to you. It may be a little thing that has never been an issue or problem and so there has been no reason for you to deal with it, but God sees it in a totally different way.
2 Cor. 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. The appearance of the insignificant can lead to the greatest deception leading us away from our purity of devotion to Christ. What are you holding on to that is keeping you from following Christ fully? By earthly standards there may be nothing unethical or immoral to the things you are holding on to, but they are hindering you from the simplicity and purity of devotion. Heb. 12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
We are to lay aside “every” encumbrance and sin which so “easily” entangles us. The great deception concerning the question, what are you holding on to can be found in our inability to define those insignificant things in our life as encumbrances or see them as entangling us in any way? They bring us enough pleasure that we are willing to compromise intimacy with our Heavenly Father.
When God commanded the people of Israel not to take anything under the ban, Achan convinced himself that it was an insignificant thing for him to keep just a few things for himself. His choice cost the lives of his fellow soldiers at the battle of Ai. Joshua basically asked Achan, what are you holding on to that has brought this tragedy upon God’s people? Josh 7:19-21 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” 20 So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”
What we hold on to will eventually bring suffering and shame not only to us, but to those around us. We hold on to those things in our life because we believe we own them. We have been bought with a price and we are not our own, therefore what we hold on to is no longer ours to hold on to. We must renounce (disown) those things before they bring further shame and suffering. 2 Cor. 4:2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. Like Achan, what you hold on to is hidden within the dwelling place of your heart and must for the glory of God be renounced that we may be salt and light to a dead and dark world.
What are you holding on to today?