By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Many obstacles in life need to be removed; surmounted or circumvented. Such brings opposition, hinders progress, or impediment towards a desired goal. We are living in times in which freedom of speech is being pushed to the hilt circumventing its original intent; helping create some of the obstacles faced.
The civil war came into focus because of differences of opinions fueling opposition ending with a devastating war due to the inability to resolve those differences. Many nations are facing such opposition dividing its inhabitants rather than being a unified people. (Comment)
The apostle Paul stated: God who gives to all life, and breath, and all things; has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth. For in him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:25-28).
Those Paul were addressing had been nurtured into believing in many gods. Paul was attempting to open their eyes to the one and only true God. Some mocked, and others said, we will hear again of this matter; however, some believed the truth (Acts 17:32-34).
It is no different in the hour in which we live; there are many false gods being promoted in the world. Had all those Paul addressed came to believe the words he spoke, belief in the one and only true God would have prevailed rather than belief in many gods.
Obstacles in life can be a deterrent in one's walk; if one adheres to the wrong advice. We are living in a time of an instructive nature; through modern conveyances, of both truth and error. Sometimes it is difficult to decipher the difference.
One cannot identify truth by the mainstream news and social media, or individuals who are promoting a particular agenda. One can no longer identify what is considered sound advice unless it is first scrutinized before acceptance.
David faced obstacles in his life and overcame them through the help of the Lord. However, there was a time in David's life that an obstacle came into focus in which he was not victorious. Her name was Bathsheba. David saw her from the roof of the king's house; washing herself; and that she was beautiful to look upon.
He inquired who she was; was told that she was the wife of Uriah, but took her anyway (2 Samuel 11:2-5). She later conceived David's child; he attempted to cover up the sin, and added murder to the sin of adultery. Obstacles in life can be overcome; but can also be succumbed too.
Lust can have a fatal grip on one's life; if not overcome. Many, in our modern day culture, have become enslaved to pornography and other ungodly influences through electronic devices. When enslaved, unless deliverance comes, one will seek it again (Proverbs 23:25).
Obstacles in life can cause enslavement versus freedom. Man has made it easy to walk into such entrapment though ungodliness being promoted. Many nations have allowed the ungodly to rule the day. They have attempted to dwarf the godliness of man through evil deeds being promoted that far surpasses Sodom and Gomorrah of old.
Obstacles in life came to a man known for his great wisdom; his name was King Solomon (1 Kings 10:23-24). Scripture reveals that he loved many strange wives; who would later become obstacles in life to deter his faith.
When Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect before the Lord. He had been forewarned twice not to do so but continued anyway. God then informed Solomon:
Inasmuch as this is done of you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will take away the kingdom from you, and will give to your servant (1 Kings 11:9-11).
Obstacles in life can become an affront to God; if allowed to rule over one in an ungodly manner. Obstacles placed in one's life are meant to be overcome; not yielded too. One such obstacle is allowing the ungodly to set the pace; rather than adhere to God's Word.
The apostle Paul had many obstacles placed before him; after coming to the knowledge of Jesus as Lord and Savior. He stated: Most gladly will I rather glory in my infirmities (or weaknesses), that the power of Christ may rest upon me, for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 13:9-10).
Obstacles in life will come; but the believers in Christ knows where their source of strength lies to overcome! Scripture reveals:
The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds; casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
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Voices of dissension are becoming more vocal in nature; outrageous in demands, with little forethought of the results as long as one's selfish ambitions are met.
Youth of today without Bible knowledge, or conviction, can readily be influenced by an immoral society of ungodly content.
Destitute of the truth is referenced in God's Word; as well as an astounding number of references to reasons for one's speaking the truth.
Fragile morality is a result of consumption of ungodliness in once godly societies. In the late 19th century the concept of morality warned due to secularization.