Recently, I’ve started running. This in and of itself is a miracle. I’m not a runner. Just the thought of running made me tired. After starting to run I’ve come to enjoy it. Look forward to it even. It is refreshing. I suppose part of this process is the accomplishment I feel once I’ve completed a run. It is encouraging and keeps me going; knowing that I can accomplish something that I never thought was possible. Since I’ve started working out, I’ve paid particular attention to my posture. I’ve always hung my shoulders, curved my back forward, and let my mid-section fall loose. It looks like I’m carrying a heavy backpack. Standing as if it’s all I can to hold this weight. The way I carry myself conveys a message that I’m not very confident in myself. One day the Lord very clearly asked me, “Tehia, why are you walking around with all this weight? Don’t you know I lifted this off of you?” All I could muster to say was, “You’re right.” I, then, immediately shifted my shoulders back, chest and head up; feeling everything just fall off. The chains of discouragement and disappointment, the pile of regrets and fears, came cascading down, crashing like the waves of the waterfall. Then I received a flood of confidence in just the slight shift in my posture.
My husband shared an inspirational word with me the other day. Not sure where he found it. Twitter? Pinterest? Anyways, it talked about when we hold an object, like books, at first the weight doesn’t bother us; we might not even notice it. After awhile the object becomes heavy, even though the object’s weight did not change. Our body just gets tired of holding or carrying this object. This goes the same for when we carry our own hurts, shame, anger, regret, fear, and disappointments. They might not bother us at first, but at some point they begin to weight us down. The more we carry around, the more we begin to feel weighed down. We can only handle so much weight before we crumble.
As the Lord is revealing to me the weight I’ve been carrying, I asked Him to clarify this revelation through His Word. He gave me this scripture:
Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Did you catch that? Jesus allows us to approach the King anytime we want! We don’t have to be ashamed when we enter into His presence. Jesus gives us the right to be bold. Jesus wiped away our shame, fear, hurts and regrets with His blood. Purifying us, cleansing us, and giving us life! This is what it means to have confident posture. No longer do we have to carry this weight. Jesus, being the gentleman that He is, offers to carry our baggage for us. He is far stronger than we could ever be and will not crumble under the load. What is weighing you down? What will you allow Jesus to do for you? Experience the freedom of a weight-free life.