Have you ever wondered why heavy trucks spend a great deal of time or days on the road while moving from one state to another? It’s because of the weight they are carrying. The weights slow them down and affect their speed. Let me ask you, “what is slowing you down?”

Friend, destiny is a race, not a game. You must pay attention to your future as well as your fitness. While direction is more important than speed, your pace is equally a very vital part of the journey. Your life’s journey is timed; there are things that God has earmarked for each phase of the journey. You need to keep in step and in sync with God.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Weights slow you down. This is why athletes run light, mountain climbers do not carry extra luggage. If you must move fast or climb higher, you need to lay aside weights that slow you down.

I have come to realize that if the devil cannot stop you, he would attempt to slow you down. If the devil cannot stop you, he would try to join you. He would introduce weights that slow you down. Like Ephraim, the devil would bring mixtures that would dilute your potency and change the trajectory of your life (Hosea 4:17, 7:8).

“Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, you are old and stricken in years, and there remains yet very much land to be possessed” (Joshua 13:1). This was Joshua’s report card with God. He was only counting years without making significant progress. He had been slowed down; he could not do as much as God would want him to do.

Let me ask you again, what is slowing you down? Weights are not necessarily sinful, they may not take you to hell but they would limit you in destiny. Fear, comparison, offences, complacency, wrong relationships etc. are weights that slow people down. You need to identify ‘your weights’ and strip them off you. You will succeed!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria