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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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side!”

This is an old saying that basically reminds us to pay attention to the grass in our backyard, mind our own business and take care of our own grass.

Whenever I hear this saying, I think of a certain Bible character, Lot.

Lot was Abraham’s nephew and they were journeying through the land together. As they journeyed their flocks and their servants and their families grew. They became such a big company that their servants started arguing amongst one another and causing problems. Abraham came to Lot one day and told him to choose a direction. Whatever direction Lot choose, Abraham would choose the opposite direction.

This is the moment that would change their lives forever. There was a huge choice that would be made that would establish the direction of each man and it would determine their destiny.

“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.” Genesis‬ ‭13:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Lot made his choice by what he saw. He lifted his eyes and saw the well watered plains and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. From where he was, everything looked good! From where Lot stood and what he saw, it was the best choice of land that he could take.

What Lot didn’t know, what Lot didn’t see, was the wickedness that was in Sodom and Gomorrah. He didn’t see his future and what could happen, he only saw what was right in front of him and he saw “green grass!”

I noticed a couple things in this story that we need to remember when it comes to making decisions in life.

Just because it looks greener, doesn’t mean it is better.

This is the obvious statement from the story. I’m sure Lot saw how good it looked when he made his choice! The Bible says Lot pitched his tent towards Sodom. I wonder if Lot would have just stayed in the plains and enjoyed the fruitfulness of the ground, how different his story would have been. But he pitched his tent towards Sodom, he saw Sodom everyday, eventually he ended up where his focus was at! I imagine everything was going good in Sodom when he first moved in but soon enough, the green washed away and he had to see the depravity and wickedness of the city, yet he chose to live there. In the end, the well watered plains were not better for Lot!

When making a decision like the direction to go in life, let the Lord lead you!

The difference between the choice that Abraham made and the choice that Lot made was the Lord led Abraham in the direction he should go.

“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” Genesis‬ ‭13:14-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Just like Lot, Abraham looked and he saw all the land that God was going to give him. He not only saw the land, he was told how much God was going to bless him in this land. It is amazing what happens when you let the Lord guide you as you make decisions in your life. Yes, look at the options, but let God lead.

Your decisions affect those around you.

Lot made his decision and lost his family. He had family that were destroyed in the city when God rained down fire and brimstone. Lot lost his wife as they were running away and she looked back and became a pillar of salt! Then Lot’s daughters committed a wicked act with their father! And it all started with a look!

Abraham, on the other hand, was promised by God that his seed will numbered as the dust of the ground! We see Abraham’s story throughout the rest of the Bible and now in history!

Our decisions, whether big or small, will affect those around us!

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5 Verses I’m Thankful For

I’m thankful for every verse in the King James Bible. Each verse, each word is exactly what God wanted me to know.

Throughout the Bible, I have some favorite books, passages and verses. I love reading Proverbs and the epistles that Paul was used to write.

Today, I want to share five verses that I am thankful for. Some are well-known verses and a couple are just some of my favorite that I use to motivate myself in different areas of life.

  1. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Probably the most well-known verse in the Bible and for good reason! I am thankful for this because it shows God’s love and God’s grace and God’s mercy. Without the truth found in this verse, we wouldn’t have the opportunity of salvation.
  2. I Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;” This verse here is my life verse and also where I get the name for this website. I remember that moment when I decided to use this as my life verse. I was thinking about running, about giving up about going to do my own thing and leave everything I knew behind. This verse reminded me that God has given everything I needed to serve Him and that He has chosen me for a specific reason.
  3. Ecclesiastes 5:3 “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” I am thankful that God blesses hard work. Every time I read this verse, I am reminded to work hard and watch God bless. Too often we talk to much and work to less (I know that is improper English.) We need to talk less and work more and when we do, we will see our dreams become reality.
  4. Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Man, this verse gets me excited! To know that no matter the day or the hour, I can boldly approach the throne of grace, the throne of Jesus Christ, and get help when I need it, it doesn’t get much better than that! I am so thankful that I have a God who hears my prayers, and just doesn’t hear them but will answer them with exactly what I need!
  5. Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” I am thankful that everything I need, the Lord is. He is the light in my darkness, He the salvation in my despair and He is my strength when I am decrepit. I am thankful that the Lord is ALL I need in life!

What are your favorite verses in the Bible? Which verses mean something special to you? I would love to hear from you, share your verses in the comments below!

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