You’re In The Way

Sometimes you’re biggest obstacle to achieving opportunities is yourself!

As I was talking to a friend the other day about life and what I believed the Lord had in store for myself and my family, I was telling him how I felt about a couple things. During this conversation, he just looked at me and said “you’re in the way.”

That phrase has stuck in my head for some time now and I have realized how much truth was in the statement.

You see, he made that statement in reference to why I believe I’m not in God’s perfect will for my life. I’m in the way of being where I should be, doing what I should do.

“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As I was thinking about the phrase “you’re in the way, I thought about the verse above, Galatians 5:7. Paul is asking the church of Galatia who hindered them from obeying the truth. Paul was asking who slowed you down? Who held you back? Who made it difficult for you to obey the truth?

When I read this verse, I think of many different things, many different people who have slowed myself and others down in the Christian life? So much work for Christ has been left undone and unfinished because Christians have been hindered from obeying the truth and following after Christ.

When I read that word “who” in Galatians 5:7, almost always, the first “who” I think about is myself. The person who hinders me from obeying the truth and doing what I should and need to be doing is myself! I’m in my own way!!

When I start to think of how I hinder myself, I think of three things. These three things, I think are a common problem among many Christians. If we are all honest with ourselves, we can all probably say that we hinder ourselves in some way.

The first thing that I get in my own way is my lack of trust in Christ. Yes, I trusted Christ as my Saviour and I trust that I’m always saved through Him. Yes, I trust Him with different aspects in life…but that’s the problem, I need to trust Him in ALL things! When I try to figure out life and do it my own way, I’m just proving that I lack trust in Christ to lead me and guide me where I should go.

The second way I see how I get in my own way is through the time that I waste on a regular basis. When I think of all the time I waste doing things that have no impact on eternity makes me sick! Playing games, sleeping, watching tv, just generally being lazy has put me in a spot where it’s time to kick it in to high gear if I’m ever going to accomplish anything for Christ!

Lastly, one of the main areas I see where I hinder myself, is that of living in the past. I always think about what I used to do for Christ and the success and blessings I’ve seen. I also think about the times where I have failed my Heavenly Father and have let Him down. If I’m always focused on the past, I’ll never be able to see what the Lord has for me in the future!

Here are a few verses I have been using to encourage myself in each one of these areas.

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Redeeming the time

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Looking ahead to the future

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Although I wrote this from a spiritual aspect in fulfilling God’s will for your life. You can take these points and use them in your life to achieve whatever goals and dreams you have.

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Falling Is Not Failing

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” Proverbs 24:16

This verse is a pretty well-known verse from the book of Proverbs. I have been thinking about it a lot today.

The definition of the word ‘just’ is based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair. While the definition of the word ‘wicked’ is just the opposite, evil or morally wrong.

Every person falls into one of these two categories. We are either trying to live a just life or we are living a wicked life. We know which one we are living, God knows which life we are living and those around us have an idea of what kind of life we are living.

Everyone in life will fall at some point in their life. We even see it illustrated throughout the Bible. Probably the two most famous Bible characters that fell at some point in their life were David and Peter. Both of them had some serious mishaps and mistakes in life. David committed adultery and Peter denied Christ. They fell. They were down in life.

These two men, most would classify them as just men. I can sit here and tell you what David did, does not fall under the definition of ‘just.’ I can also sit here and give my opinion on when Peter denied Christ and how that doesn’t fall under the definition of ‘just.’ Although they committed acts that were physically immoral and in Peter’s case spiritually immoral, I still consider them to be just men. David and Peter were too of the greatest men in the Bible, yet they fell at points in their life.

David wasn’t great because he killed Goliath. Peter wasn’t great because he preached the day of Pentecost. These two men were great because they had learned what it was to fall and get back up again. I don’t think anyone out there would consider these two men failures in their life because they fell.

Wicked men fall the same as just men fall. But there is a difference, the wicked stay down while the just man will keep getting up time and time again.

When you fall, you are going to get hurt. If you take a bad fall, you more than likely will hurt yourself in some way. When you fall in life, you hurt yourself in some way. You may get hurt physically, you may get hurt emotionally, you may get hurt mentally, and you may get hurt spiritually. Find a Christian you look up to and ask if they have any regrets in life, I can almost guarantee that everyone has some regrets because at some point they fell and they were hurt and now they live with the scars and the memories of their fall. No matter how hard you try in life to not fall, it is bound to happen. No one is perfect, no one is going to live life without falling. We all will fall and get hurt at some point in our life.

When you fall, you will need help. The easiest way to get up when you fall is to have someone help you up. If you are the one who fell, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. You are in a pivotal point in your life, you need help! You need someone there beside you to help you up and help you back on your way. If you see someone fall, be willing to help them up. At some point, you will fall and will want someone to help you.

When you fall, there is still hope! Falling is not failing. Staying down is failing. When you fall, there is still hope for you. Get back up! You will be hurt and have regrets. You will need help. But in spite of all that, there is still hope for you. In the Christian life, if you fall, remember God can and still wants to use you.

We all will fall in life. The reason some of us fail is because we stay down. We are hurt, we don’t want any help and we think there is no hope. We need to get up and keep on going for Christ. The Bible says a just man falls, but gets up again. Then the verse ends by saying a wicked man falls. Everyone falls, but whether you get up or not classifies you into one of two categories. It is your choice and your choice alone whether you fall and get back up or you fall and stay down and fail.

Falling is not failing! Get up! Keep on moving forward for Christ!

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Benefits of Having Peace

Peace: freedom from disturbance; tranquility.

I believe everyone wants to have peace in some form or fashion. There is nothing like enjoying peace and quiet, especially when you have a chance to get away from everything in your daily life.

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No matter what is going on, we can have peace. We can have peace if we know where true peace comes from, and that is God. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 This is Jesus speaking in this verse, and we see see that peace is through Him. Christ so clearly states that in Him is peace and in the world is tribulation.

Have you ever wondered why you are going through rough times. It seems that life is just full of storms, maybe you have too much world in your life and not enough Christ in your life. Christ will bring peace to your life if you let Him!

How do we gain peace through Christ. Simple, have a relationship with Him. Read His Word. Talk to Him daily. Serve Him with your life.

The true peace that comes from Christ has some benefits to it.

Peace through Christ will give protection to your mental and spiritual well-being. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 We see here that the peace of God will keep our heart and our mind through Christ Jesus. We are weak, we are defenseless in this world if we don’t have Christ. If we are a saved, child of Christ, having a close relationship with Him, we can have the peace that will protect us from the attacks of Satan and the world. In the following verses of Philippians 4, we see that we are given instruction on how to think and what to think on. We are given instruction on being content. Then we also see that we should have confidence in Christ as He will help us in all things.

Peace through Christ will give a passive spirit when wronged. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165 I don’t read this verse as a verse that says that we should never get offended, I read it as a verse that says that when we are wronged by family or friends or whoever, we won’t be offended. I believe that we should be offended when the world pushes sin and evil and wickedness down our throats, but when someone says something bad about us or gossips about us or hurts our feelings, we shouldn’t get offended. We should be passive when it comes to petty things in life. We let the littlest things offend us and get us off track of serving God! We need get in the Word of God and love His Word and we will learn how to forgive and forget like He does, and we won’t be offended over every little thing that comes our way!

We need peace through Christ if we are going to live a life for Him. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 Our thoughts, our actions, our talk, everything we do should be based off of the Bible, we need to be spiritually minded if we are ever going to have peace. If we let the world, the flesh and the devil rule our minds, we will be confused, we will have trouble, and ultimately death…whether it be physical death or spiritual death!

You can have peace! Live your life following Christ and His Word and you will find peace!

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