By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Obstacles in life need to be removed; surmounted or circumvented. Such brings opposition, hinders progress, or an 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 in America came into focus because of differences of opinions fueling opposition; ending with a devastating war due to the inability to resolve those differences. America, as a nation is again faced such opposition; in many areas, dividing its inhabitants rather than being one unified people.
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 was 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 that Paul was conveying to them (Acts 17:32-34).
It is no different in the hour in which we live; there are still many false gods being promoted in the world. Had all, in Paul's day, 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 what is the truth.
One cannot necessarily identify truth by the mainstream news media; social media; or individuals who are promoting a particular agenda. One can no longer identify sound advice unless it is first scrutinized before its acceptance.
David faced obstacles in his life and overcame them through the help of the Lord. However, there was one 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 devises of our day. When enslaved; unless deliverance comes, one will seek it again (Proverbs 23:25).
Obstacles in one's life can cause enslavement verse freedom. Man has made it easy to walk into such entrapment though the ungodliness being promoted. Many nations have allowed the ungodly to rule the day rather than the Word of God. They have darkened the godliness of man through evil deeds being promoted that far surpass 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.
Scripture reveals that 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 in America, and other once godly nations, is in allowing the ungodly to set the pace of the nation; 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 those obstacles. 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).
Return of prodigal son is a testimonal and dedicated to my Dad. And put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet - why those words are so important to me!
Love of pleasure is an entrapment that has befallen many. Scripture reveals a time that there would be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4).