Remove The ObstaclesSeptember 14, 2009
Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12
Preparation precedes opportunity (Matthew 3:3). God is telling us to get our hearts ready for what is up ahead. We need to remove every obstacle in our path in preparation for a greater level of spiritual growth.
So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way . . . in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:17-24
Ask God to help you identify anything that is dulling your spiritual appetite, and then humble your heart and ask Him to help you remove it. “And it will be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people’” (Isaiah 57:14). Step up and prepare for what God has called you to do. This generation needs a touch from God and we must be ready to step through the door and reach a hurting world.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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