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What Hinders Us

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

Because the heavenly Father has complete knowledge and wisdom, He knows exactly how each one of His children is to live. (See Rom. 11:33.) We, however, sometimes struggle in trying to figure it out.

Doubt can cause us to miss what God has planned for our life. We wonder whether He is really interested in our problems and question His solutions.

Feeling unworthy will also cause us to stumble. Look what happens when God reveals wonderful scenarios for our future. Thinking we are undeserving, we refuse to believe Him.

Busyness often leads to drifting from godly ways. Because we are too tied up in other things, we stop asking what God wants for us, and we make mistakes. In so doing, we miss His will for us.

Fear comes in two forms to trip us up. One is our anxiety that God might ask us to do something we don’t want to do. The other is our apprehension that we will fail at whatever He gives us to accomplish. Both kinds of disquiet cloud our judgment and hinder our ability to understand and follow His plan.

Willful sin—persisting in thoughts or actions even when we know they’re wrong by the Lord’s standards—prevents us from living in the center of God’s purposes. Our holy Father will not tolerate such sin.

Replace these five obstacles with the following truths. The cross of Christ reveals both God’s trustworthiness and our worth in His eyes. It establishes Jesus’ importance in our life, emphasizes the perfection of God’s plans, and points to our freedom from the bondage of sin.

Charles Stanley

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