No Longer Blocked

No Longer Blocked

One area our adversary, satan, might hinder us is by stopping us from going forward. We realize he blocks us when our heart’s desire is to pray, worship, and read our bible—but cannot do so. In those moments, there are no apparent reasons we cannot go forth; we just find ourselves incapable of doing so and question why.

We may look for reasons in our hearts wondering if there is anything wrong with us, sensing we are powerless and not seeing clearly what we are fighting. This is when we need to press through with our whole heart, mind, and strength. The Spirit of God helps us as we refuse to allow this hindering spirit to block us any longer, and we take a step by the spirit that we cannot take in our own strength.

This pressing through takes faith and a determination to go forth regardless of the block. As we submit to the Lord, we resist the enemy with every ounce of our being and take the first step. Once we step forth, we are loosed, free to go deeper and reach what the enemy was trying to stop us from reaching. We step forth by His power, from glory to glory! 

John 11:43-44 “Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’”

 

 

 

But Now!

But Now!

When we are born again, all things are new. We have a new life in Christ. Before, the law had us bound, but now we are delivered from the law. We were far from God, but now we are near. We were in darkness, but now we are in light. We walked in sin, but now we put off the works of darkness. The mystery of the Christ abiding in us was hidden, but now it is revealed.

Moment by moment, we walk in renewal, transforming into the image of Christ. We cannot focus on what still needs to be changed, in ourselves or others. We are not yet the way we will be, but surely, we are not the way we were. This and that might have been yesterday, but now we are in Christ, and we walk in the newness of life, day by day.

In our daily walk, the opposites of these truths confront us. We conquer all things that are contrary to our divine identity through the grace of the Lord. We pursue trusting the not yet. Before, when we were going through trials, we didn’t know how to stand; but now, trial by trial, we go from triumph to triumph and, from glory to glory! 

1 Peter 2:10 “… who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

 

 

 

Burdened?

Burdened?

When we commit our works to the Lord, we roll them off our shoulders and into His hands. We wonderfully visualized this rolling of our works unto God as we picture a camel burdened with a heavy load. To remove the load, the camel kneels, tilts far to one side, and the burden rolls off. Isn’t that what we do in prayer?

In our hearts, we kneel and lean towards God, loving and trusting His care. As we do, we surrender all into His hands. When we have rolled all over unto Him, we can rest in peace. We no longer lean on our own understanding. We patiently wait for His instructions, knowing that He will help us with what we have entrusted to Him. We are more apt to make this commitment with things that are worrisome or troubling, but we must give unto His care what feels right as well. We deliver our all into our Lord’s safekeeping.

God is willing, able, and faithful. He cares for us and desires to lead us into His best. This rolling over is one way we take thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. When we do, confusion dissipates instantly. Whatever is burdensome becomes light, from glory to glory! 

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.”

 

 

 

Give IT up!

Give IT up!

We don’t give up; we giveit up. As we give ourselves up to God’s care, we surrender all. From that place of surrender, we can resist controlling forces and wrong influences. We become quicker to set healthy boundaries. No longer do we back down and allow compromises to infiltrate our lives. When war strikes in our soul, we find we don’t surrender to despair but to hope; not to fear, but to faith; not to defeat, but to victory. Most of all, we do not surrender to the flesh, but to the Spirit. 

A woman was tempted to commit adultery, and it happened suddenly without her noticing. One conversation with someone escalated quickly into a hug, a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment, she saw herself giving in and surrendering to something that would ultimately destroy her. But in that same moment, she surrendered to God and could walk away from the situation. We might find ourselves in situations where we need to surrender to God moment by moment so that we don’t give into negative thoughts or succumb to outside influences.

Giving up is not an option. The only power able to keep us victorious is the power of God. We lift our hands, not in a gesture of defeat, but as a gesture of praise. We walk free, from glory to glory!

James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” 

Lies

Lies

Satan often twists the truth by changing, adding, or omitting one or two words. When he led Eve to disobey God, it wasn’t with obvious lies. His conniving ways are to lead people onto a wrong path. The wrong path may appear to be appealing to the flesh, the eyes, or the prideful ways of men.

The temptations of the enemy can be attractive and seem to lead to wide avenues. Wide ways can narrow future opportunities. Narrow ways can broaden our possibilities. Eve explained to the serpent that death was the consequence of eating of the tree which was in the middle of the garden. God’s instruction narrowed her possibilities and restricted her options. The serpent broadened her possibilities with the lie that she would be exactly like God, with no restrictions and no consequences for going against God’s instructions.

God’s word is a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path. Reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating upon the Word deepen our knowledge of the truth so we can recognize the lies. Praying for the Spirit of God to reveal truths to us keeps us humble and teachable, from glory to glory!  

Genesis 3:2-4 “And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.’”

 

 

 

Pray to Obey

Pray to Obey

Our willingness to obey the Lord, regardless of what He asked of us, matters on a moment-by-moment basis. We are to take heed of the leading of the Holy Spirit consistently and faithfully in our fulfillment of God’s perfect will. It could be after years of preparing something one way that God brings another approach.

Abraham obeyed God’s directive to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice. After many steps of obedience along the way, he was told by the Angel of the Lord not to lay his hand on the lad or do anything to harm him. After all the steps Abraham walked, to stop could have appeared questionable and inconceivable. As our father of faith, he shows how we follow God with a childlike blind faith wholeheartedly.

Sometimes God leads us to do something, only to ask us to do the opposite at a moment’s notice. Are we willing to do whatever God asks of us? Even when it means letting go of what we hold dear? What if it means moving to unknown territories or getting out of our comfort zone? When we are eager to do God’s will, He leads us to do the unexpected. We pray to obey, from glory to glory! 

Genesis 22:12 “And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”