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The army of Alexander the Great was advancing on Persia. At one critical point, it appeared that his troops might be defeated. The soldiers had taken so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted down and were losing their effectiveness in combat.

Alexander commanded that all the spoils be thrown into a heap and burned. The men complained bitterly but soon saw the wisdom of the order. Someone wrote, "It was as if wings had been given to them. They walked lightly again." Victory was assured.

Let go of anything that slows your walk with Jesus Christ.

(SOURCE: From a sermon by Eric Ferguson, "Lay Down Your Load and Head Down the Road" 7/17/08)

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