Archive for the ‘Obstacles’ Category

GOD’S PURPOSES IN OUR LIFE

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Day 67

“For this cause I have allowed you to remain,
in order to show you My power, and in order
to proclaim My name through all the earth”
Exodus 9:16

There are times in our lives when we earnestly pray and ask God to remove the obstacles that are blocking our progress. Paul experienced such a time and asked God three times to free him from this obstacle he called a thorn. Obstacles can be people, circumstances, sickness or any number of things.

Moses encountered an obstacle in Pharaoh. He wanted to lead God’s people out of Egypt, but Pharaoh kept blocking him. In fact, Pharaoh took a position many others have taken over the years; when Moses said, “let my people go so they can worship God”, Pharaoh said, “sure, but not too far – not out of my sight.” Moses kept coming back, and four times Pharaoh obstructed him. “Very well, but … stay within the land … you shall not go very far … go now, the men (only) among you … and go but leave your flocks and herds behind.” This must have been frustrating to Moses, to say the least.

There was a reason for all this; the same reason that applied to Paul and us. Obstacles, as all other things in our lives ultimately will serve to the glory of the Lord. Pharaoh was permitted by God to be an obstacle so that God could demonstrate His power over Pharaoh, and have His name proclaimed throughout the earth. Paul was permitted to have an obstacle to keep him humble and find grace sufficient for his life. And we have obstacles for the same reasons. God’s purposes, His glory in our life.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for
Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,
hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For
in when I am weak, then I am strong”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

FRUITFULNESS

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Day 42

“Children, you haven’t anything to eat, do you?”
John 21:5

As a Christian, have you ever been in a place where it seems that there is no fruit in your life? Maybe you have labored in the Lord’s work and it seems to be going to nowhere. Peter started in the ministry with no fruit. He and the other disciples were at the Sea of Tiberias when Peter said he was going fishing. All the others joined him and they fished all night. But they caught no fish, even though they were skilled fishermen.

Peter had returned to the old and familiar. And this is what we often do as Christians – we feel ‘safe’ with the old. We feel ‘comfortable’ with the familiar. The disciples were fishermen; they went and did what was familiar to them, but they caught nothing. And when Jesus came to them, they did not recognize Him. He asked if they had any caught anything – whether they had any fruit. And they were empty handed.

They didn’t recognize Jesus or know His voice because they were laboring in the old and familiar. They had not waited on the Lord, they did not step out in faith. So when He came, they didn’t know Him, and they were empty handed. But in His mercy, Jesus had cooked breakfast for them, and provision was made. He broke bread with them, and then restored Peter to His calling.

“Follow Me”
John 21:19b

MOVING MOUNTAINS

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Day 3

“What are you, O mighty mountain?”
Zechariah 4:7

Have you ever faced a mountain? Chances are that you have faced many in your life. We are not immune to life’s problems. We face the same realities as others in personal matters, sickness, financial and marital problems, family tragedies and, ultimately, death.

These obstacles are often “mountains” on which we struggle with faith and believing that God will take care of the outcome. Some times these mountains seem impassable. Our reflex is to use our own strength and power to deal with the situation; overcome it with our own might. However, self-strength fails us in the end. We cannot order the events of our lives, although we like to believe we can.

Our hope is not in ourselves, but in Christ, the hope of our glory. God told Zerubbabel that the mountains would become level ground before him, and it was not might or power that would do the job, but God’s Spirit. It is the same for us today. God is responsible for the obstacles and mountains in our life. We are responsible for seeking Him first and His righteousness. If we do that, He will level your mountains.

“Not by might nor by power, but
by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty”
Zechariah 4:6