Separating yourself from the ways of the world doesn’t always mean just leaving destructive activities behind. It often means simply getting rid of those things that don’t build you up spiritually. Hebrews 12:1 says as we run the race that is set before us, we are to lay aside weights. You may have weights in your life that are slowing you down spiritually. They may not be bad things in themselves, yet they are draining you of spiritual power. You may be so wrapped up in your occupation, for instance, that you spend all your time thinking and talking about it. Or you may have a hobby that has become the center of your attention. The problem with things like that is not that they are sinful, it’s that they’ve captured your affection. It’s time to check your affections. The Bible says in Colossians 3 that we’re to set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth. God wants you to set the affection of your heart on Him. Why? So that He can pour out His affection on you! You can’t give anything to God without His giving you much more in return. When you set your affection on Him, He will bless you, and bless you, and bless you!
: Hebrews 12:1-4
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