Growth...of our our walk with all things to worship HIM!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Obstacles in Obedience

Those of you who have been walking with the Lord for any length of time can relate...the best path is usually not the easy path.  It comes with much adversity and obstacles to overcome.  The enemy of our soul wants to rob and destroy.  But our heavenly father encourages us to walk in faith, and be refined in the fire so we can be transformed into His image.  

So, when we walk in obedience, there will be obstacles.  It may come in the form of sickness, defiance of a child, hurtful words, job loss, or just our own selfishness showing it's ugly head.  The list of potential obstacles is endless.  Expect it, then turn to Christ for the strength to walk through it.  

I know we are on the right path.  Daily we are being humbled, refined, waging war in the spiritual realm.  

As I have mentioned in a previous post, the lyrics from Courageous are so very powerful...

The only way that we can stand is on our knees with lifted hands!!

Are you ready for the battle?  Do you truly seek to be useable by God?  It is not an easy road BUT God's grace is sufficient, HIS peace surpasses all understanding!  

I want God's BEST for my life and that of our family.  I have prayed for God to strip me of my selfishness and break my heart for what breaks His.  I have humbly prayed that HE would mess me up and make me like Him.  

Friends...I can tell is a painful process.  We say less of me and more of HIM.  But we need to realize that God does not just wave a little wand over our head and we become selfless, loving, and kind.  God gives us the tools and places opportunities in front of us so we can CHOOSE to live out the fruit of the spirit.  

The awesome thing is that we are not left to our own devices.  When we spend time in God's presence we become more like Him.  The more we seek HIM the more we find HIM.  When we ask for wisdom and knowledge...HE gives it and clears the fog from the path.  

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

When we are walking in God's will there is no need to fear the obstacles.  They will grow us but not crush us.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Dear friends...may our knees become callused as we stand for Christ!

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