Sweat…it’s such a beautiful thing, when it’s on someone chiseled and gorgeous. Sweat on me…that’s something else entirely. Lately, I decided to add sweating to my diet. Did you know that you’re body bathes you in sweat when it gets overheated? But there’s a border-line. I can decide to sweat or hold off and walk a little slower so I won’t overheat. I can stop before I have that slimy, sticky feeling. All the trainers will tell you to burn the fat, lose the toxins and win over your body, you have to sweat.
There’s a border line like that in your walk with God too.
Instead of burning the fat, we have to burn the ballast. What is ballast? Ballast is the heavy substance, like gravel or sand or iron that weighs down and stabilizes jets, boats and other traveling machinery. It slows down down as well. The more ballast a cargo ship carries, the more fuel it needs. Growing with God requires that we get rid of our ballast. The ballast is the stuff that weighs us down in our walk.
What could be the ballast in our walk? Ballast is anything in the senses realm that stops us from fully operating our gift of Holy Spirit and or connecting with God. Why could Paul do and get the results he got with God? Because he traveled light. He had burned all the ballast off in his life.
“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
And all the men were about twelve.
And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” Acts 19: 1-12
Paul was a lean, mean believing machine!
He didn’t let anything get in the way of his walk with God and the power he knew he’d been promised. He was bold, he grew, he matched stride for stride in the race against the devil.
“And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.
So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” vs. 18-20
They believed and burned the ballast away in their lives. What things in our lives keep us from this kind of mighty growth? Are there books? Music? Television? Is there social media? Is there video games that suck the joy and truth from your life? Do you want to travel light with God? Then get rid of whatever it is get rid of it.
We can have emotional ballast as well. This can turn us from joy-filled, beautiful humans into bitter, hardened ones. Joy is an inside job. It comes no matter the circumstances. Happiness is from happy circumstances. But we don’t always have those here on this planet do we? Even in those times we can have God’s joy. So many think that we need to sit back and be content with what we have. Don’t make a ruckus. Don’t upset the apple cart. But sometimes we need to upend that cart and find the rotten apples underneath. Content can be mistaken for complacent. Complacent is more often than not mistaken for peace. Complacency is a dangerous state. Because the devil can pile on the ballast in our life and if we don’t do something about all that garbage, it will destroy us.
Those people brought together their curious art their books on black art, white art, and today we have much more than they had back then in the way of media. But after they burned it, they grew mightily and the Word of God prevailed. How many of us have the courage to do this? I even thought about doing a little burning ceremony of my own. Life is too short to be slowed down. Yes, we already get in to heaven. We know that but our rewards come from how much we stood on the Word of God. It comes from how much we steward our lives.
This teaching will change your life, I know because it did mine.
God bless you today!