Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obstacles and Limitations

"God is our refuge and our strength" (Psalm 46:1).

Obstacles and Limitations -- these two things will eventually require that you find another way to do what you are doing to get where you are going. An obstacle blocks you from moving forward, while a limitation holds you back. But neither define who you are. They merely represent an opportunity for you to move beyond what you thought was possible.

We are in a time where we will be faced with increasing obstacles and limitations. The natural tendency will be to moan and complain, and then try to force things to change. This will not work.

If we hold to the belief that Jesus is Lord, then these obstacles and limitations are to be viewed within the perspective of His love and power. Rather than throw a fit and try to force the situation, we must instead accept the fact that Jesus knows better than we do what is best for us, and He is at work in the ever tightening circumstances of our lives.

Chuck Swindoll said, "We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." The Lord can turn these blockades into stepping-stones that take us to something even greater than we ever imagined.

Chip Ingram, President of Walk Thru the Bible, said, "Our limitations are not prohibiters to God using our lives, but are the very platform on which He chooses to display His grace." So instead of reacting to obstacles and limitations in the same way as those who do not know the Lord -- we must regard this unsettling season of stress as the greatest opportunity for us to actually experience what we've been trying to convince others that we really believe.

Jesus is Lord, and He is in control!

So for starters, give some serious reflection to this age old Psalm, and watch how the Holy Spirit penetrates your soul with a calm confidence and a resilient faith. Are you ready?

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early." Psalm 46:1-5, King James

Yep, these fitful days are exactly what we've been designed to handle; so come on dear brother and sister, forsake the world's ways of dealing with difficulties, and instead step under the loving Lordship of Jesus. He will carry you over any obstacle that prevents you from moving forward, and take you miles beyond every limitation that attempts to hold you back!


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