Open Enrollment: Medi-Share is your family's answer to rising health care costs. Learn More.
<< Daily Hope with Rick Warren

If You Want to Grow, Sometimes You Have to Say ‘No’ - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - June 20, 2019

  • 2019 Jun 20

If You Want to Grow, Sometimes You Have to Say ‘No’

By Rick Warren

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us”(Hebrews 12:1 NLT).

The most important word to remember for your spiritual journey may be a surprising one: “no.”

Your faith journey is a long one. Too many people start off well in their spiritual journey but putter out before the end.God wants you to go the distance.

You’ve got a marathon ahead of you, and you can’t run the marathon with a barbell in your hands. Often people quit their faith journey early because everything they’re carrying wears them out.

We need to de-clutter.

A cruise liner can get pretty fast in the middle of the water.  If you add a hundred lifeboats to it, it’ll slow down.

Plug a battery into one lightbulb, and it’ll go a long way. Plug it into 15, and it drains quickly. Plug it into 100, and it’ll drain even more quickly.

That’s what happens to us when we try to do too much. We need to learn to say “no” to some things that are good because they keep us from doing our best.

Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down” (NLT).

Weights aren’t bad. They’re not sinful. They’re just unnecessary. It could be a job, a relationship, or a hobby. It’s something that slows you down from what God wants from your life. And it’s not worth it.

PLAY todays audio teaching from Pastor Rick >>

For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!


$50,000 Matching Grant DOUBLES your gift!

Too many people are running on empty — overwhelmed with worries and burdens.

That’s why we want to send you Pastor Rick’s Re-Energize Your Life interactive guide and journal to help you reconnect with God to be renewed and refreshed. It’s our thank-you for your support today.

And a $50,000 Matching Grant will DOUBLE your donation to help more people connect with Jesus — and re-energize their life!

Re-Energize Your Life will help you . . .

• Lighten your load and re-activate your passion
• Make space for what matters most
• Take 5 steps so you can be used by God

Get yours today when you support Daily Hope and your donation will be DOUBLED by the $50,000 Matching Grant!

*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.

This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.




More Daily Hope with Rick Warren Articles

Follow Crosswalk.com