DECLUSTER – Tochukwu Baldwin

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1 NKJV)

I remember very lucidly the exegesis of Rev. Canon Edison Mgbeokwere on Mark 10:46-52 over 20 years ago while delivering a sermon at matins in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu. This Bible passage is on the story of Blind Bartimaeus. What struck and stuck with me over these years was his exegesis on Verse 50, “And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.”
The cleric explained that Blind Bartimaeus had to remove or lay aside whatever or anything that could pose as a burden or hinderance to receiving his miracle.

The garment that he laid aside could be literally interpreted to be a metaphor for every weight, bitterness, distraction, sin or even past success. Whoever or whatever that has the capacity to impede your speed or taking faith steps to your glorious destiny must be set aside. They are clusters that close up destiny.

In this new year, you must purpose to decluster your mind of anything that can impede your speed to greatness. A clustered mind can lead to the elasticity reduction of the mind’s competitiveness for newer and grandiose feats. It blindfolds you to the burgeoning opportunities for progress.

Something very remarkable happened to me when I decided to decluster my mind from every form of bitterness or pain. I felt betrayed by a trusted business ally of which the devil tried to use to occupy my mind. However, I knew holding on to it will only garage my destiny. So, I decided to let it go. My wife invited me to an annual special service of a fellowship which she belonged. In that service, I intentionally asked the Holy Spirit to heal me of the pain and help me to forgive. The good news is that every form of bitterness or pain just died instantly. Following my deliverance and new lease of life, I decided to humiliate the devil by putting across a phone call to this my former ally to apologize and even invited him to our family house in my home town to apologize again. Although, I was the person being cheated and betrayed. Friend, this singular act of declustering, opened up my destiny to my global ministry and unusual grace of God that my family and I, enjoy daily.

You may ask, “How do I go about declustering?” Please see hereunder, few tips that can help:

1. You must take a decision and take deliberate faith actions. Luke 15:17-20

2. You must change your perspective. Look forward from henceforth! Prov.4:25

3. Deal with past failures, hurts and successes. An autopsy of seeming failures and successes will help your learning curve. Isaiah 42:9; 43:18-19

4. Realize it’s a personal responsibility. Heb.12:1

5. Be self-aware. It takes self-awareness to know that you have a weight to deal with. Luke 15:17

6. Be mindful of the fact that you have both visible and invisible influencers and influences that are either cheering or learning from you. Heb.12:1

7. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. He’s our Ever-Present Help. Ps.46:1; 1 Sam.30:6-8

Friend, it’s not enough to catalogue the goals you want to achieve in the new year. It is wisdom to clear every weed that could choke the new seeds from germinating and growing to full maturity. Hence, the need to do a thorough heart cleaning or declustering. I see you making mighty progress in life!

To a beautiful future,

+Tochukwu.


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