How to Remove the Obstacles in Your Life

Saturday, June 24, 2006

John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”

There is a powerful message in these verses of scripture that needs to sink deep down into my spirit. The two keys in these scriptures is to (1) believe, and (2) ask. That really doesn’t sound all that complicated to me, but I have been an on again, off again Christian for a long time, and have gotten myself into quite a pickle because I have staggered through my Christian walk like a drunk man three sheets in the wind.

Presently, I am in a financial bind and I feel like the Israelites must have felt in the Book of Exodus when they came to the Red Sea and found themselves hemmed in on both sides by mountains, behind by the Egyptian Army who was closing on them quickly, and the Red Sea in front of them. Isn’t this the same type of situation we often find ourselves in when we make a decision we are going to serve the Lord? The devil doesn’t like losing a slave anymore than the Egyptians wanted to lose the Israelites. The only problem for the Israelites was the land God promised them lay on the other side of the sea and they didn’t have a clue how they were going to get there before the Egyptians caught up to them and killed them all. This is the same situation we find ourselves in when we make a decision to break Satan’s hold on our life. We know what God has promised us, but reaching our destination and cashing in on God’s promises lies on the other side of our battle with the enemy that will destroy his hold on our life forever. As it was for the Israelites, so it will be for us; the very thing that would provide protection for them once they cross it, was at present the very thing that is preventing them from escaping the hand of their enemy. Our personal Red Sea experience could be illness, finances, or relational problems or any number of things that has the potential to take our life from us. It is not really important what that problems might be; but it is important for us to know that no matter what is chasing us or confronting us; God is in this battle with us and He always has an escape route for His children to follow if we do not fear or faint.

Moses sought God for a solution to the problem of the Israelites and God told him what to do. He could have thought the simple plan God gave him to deliver the Israelites was silly, and he and all the Israelites would have died right there on the shores of their escape route at the hand of the Egyptian Army. Thankfully, Moses obeyed God and the Israelites received their miracle deliverance and crossed the Red Sea on dry ground without so much as getting their feet wet. God tells us in His Word, “He is not a respecter of persons.” What He did for the Israelites, He will do for any of us who dare to believe His Word and ask for His guidance. It is and has always been God’s desire that all of His children reach the promise land safely, and that will happen, if we, like Moses, ask Him what His plan is, believe and act on it once it is given to us, and allow Him to lead us through the obstacles that are blocking our way.  DThrash

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