Day 4 – Thursday 1/10 – Fix the leaks


Day 4 – Thursday 1/10 – Fix the leaks

        – Now seek out and repair the places which are stealing God’s presence from you

As mentioned yesterday, more about spiritual leaks in your Spirit house.

For a time I made a living working as a roofer. It is hot, difficult work but a very necessary for every homeowner. One of the things which I found very interesting is that a water leak in the roof may not always show up in the ceiling directly under the hole. Many times water will find a passageway from the outside world and run along a rafter or ceiling joist and manifest in the sheetrock several feet away from where it initially came into your home. That fact make it difficult to always tell exactly where repair is needed. At those times diligent searching and careful examination is needed to see just where your attention needs to be focused.

As we turn this analogy to the things of the Spirit, you will find that many times the problems or difficulties you see manifesting in your life are really just an indicator of other problems which need spiritual repair. 

I love these two verses from Hebrews. The first one will really serve as our focus but I have included the second verse in hopes you will find strength to chase after the prize you are seeking based on how much God really loves you. Read the verses below and then I will provide a short explanation for today. 

Hebrews 12:1-2

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, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In verse one the writer instructs us (you) to, “lay aside every weight…” This concept is uncomplicated yet very difficult. My first observation is, there may be, or most likely are, entanglements in your life right now which are causing you spiritual problems, some are easy to see, some not so easy. These weights slow you down and can cause catastrophic harm to your spiritual journey. They can, and do, steal your strength and cause you to lose spiritual energy or strength. The second observation follows closely behind – you are the one responsible to free yourself from those things which are slowing you down.

Several years ago I was very much into riding a road bicycle. sensing the need for a better pedal system I went into a bike shop in search of a better set up. The salesman, who was the picture of a serious bike rider, not a novice enthusiast as was I, was explaining to me the virtue of one particular pedal set over another. The weight difference was around 6 ounces – the cost difference was about $50.00. The reality occurred to me, which I quickly shared with him, was that if i wanted to spare about 6 ounces on the bike I would not have stopped at Burger King on the way over! I am not sure he understood or appreciated my humor on the subject, but the point i make is that we are the ones who must bear the responsibility of getting rid of the things in our lives which are getting in the way. 

Take your prayer time today and ask Holy Spirit to guide you in stopping up and repairing those pesky spiritual leaks in your life which are causing your relationship with God to become slow or sluggish. Grab the tools He has given you and get to work!  


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