“Let us throw off…the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance…” Hebrews
Yesterday we considered the things of the flesh that may hinder or be barriers in our walk, preventing the success of our call. Today we will look more intently at the word entangle. The New International Version speaks of this term as the experience of being surrounded by and attacked from every side. (Lazarus Awakening, p. 179)
During our earthly walk we unfortunately have a walking companion who is not one we would choose…our own fleshly mind. As we walk, we try to rehearse new thinking, new attitudes and new behaviors but our moral weak spots seem to surround and attack us from every side. We trip over the old fears that have been so prevalent in our lives. Our pride and judgment seem to forever be wrapped around our ankles making us sluggish in our faith.
We know the faith and hope in Christ for which we want as our race companion, but yet we only know it with our head instead of our heart. We recognize the faith in others that we want for ourselves, and act like it is out of reach. Three steps forward and two steps back is still faith moving forward. We cannot drop out of the race when perfecting our faith but must give respect to the progress we are making. Paul speaks of this in Romans 7:15, ‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.’
We all have been there and we will all be there again – allowing our past attitudes and behavior to entangle our thinking. But with each intentional casting off of the old thoughts, we will develop a faith that will stand fast.
‘…stand fast…in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.’ Gal. 5:1