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What is a Barrier:
- A fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access.
- A circumstance or obstacle that keeps people or things apart or prevents communication or progress.
- The starting gate of a racecourse! (Let’s focus on this one!)
Barriers are what keep us from running our race it’s what will hold us back from our God-given destiny if we don’t bust through it and run!
You may feel like you have barriers that are holding you back but what if they are your starting gate? What if what you are going through and struggling with now is what catapults you into God’s purpose and Destiny for your life? But we can’t stay behind the barrier and just look at the course. We were designed and commanded to “run the race”!
You may be in pain right now, thinking, Why am I going through this?, but don’t let those things keep you from your destiny allow them to sharpen, smooth, refine and humble you so that you can break through and be ready for your purpose.
Let’s face it, growth hurts! Has anyone ever taken care of a teething baby? It’s no fun! But if we want them to grow and develop and be able to eat steak one day, they have to go through that momentary affliction!
It’s the same spiritually! Jesus was still drying off after being baptized and hearing “this is my son in whom I am well pleased” when God led Him into the desert to be tempted! Let me tell you, the desert is a barrier! It’s not designed to be life-giving, but it will determine who you are and whose you are!
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Notice the first two temptations were about who Jesus was. If you really are the Son of God…Do YOU know who you are? When you are in the desert and temptations are coming at you, what is your response? Is it “woe is me” or is it “Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world”? It’s time we stand up and declare who and whose we are in the face of the enemy!
When Jesus was in the desert, hungry, and being tempted He was IN THE WILL OF GOD! He was led there, but that’s not where He stayed! Just because you are going through something or fighting a battle doesn’t mean you have to stay there! God may be leading you there to refine you, show you things you need to lay down, get you to the point of humbleness to where you have no other choice but to lay down your earthly efforts and rely on Jesus and Him alone.
The most humble thing you can do is rely on Jesus and quit striving to do it in your own strength. We tell God you don’t need His help when we do our own thing or rely on our own strength and efforts and then when things don’t go our way we turn around and pray, “God where are you?!”
When all along He’s standing there saying, you have tied my hands, I can’t help you. There is no change without humility!
Jesus could have done every miracle that Satan propositioned Him to do, but Jesus knew that His identity was not in what He did, it was in WHO HE WAS! That’s not pride; in fact, that’s the greatest form of humbleness.
The same is true for you and me! Your identity is not what you do it’s who you are! Humility is knowing who you are in Christ Jesus and that you can’t do it without Him!
Some barriers WE put up and bring on ourselves, or we think they are barriers so we allow them to hold us back when really God wants to use what we have to show Himself strong through us and take us to places we never dreamed we could go.
Let’s look at Abraham, when God gave him the promise of Isaac, what did he say? BUT! But I’m old, but Sarah’s old, but we’ve never had kids before…Do you think God forgot about that stuff? NO!
Then what happened, he got impatient and decided that he was going to fulfill God’s promise through His own doing! That is how Ishmael was born! It causes all sorts of trouble when we try and do it on our own!
Moses said, but I stutter. Did God say, oh that’s right, I forgot about that, never mind, I’ll use someone else. NO!!
If we are going to live fearlessly, we have to be like Mary!
The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace.
(There is always Grace for what God calls us to do!)
You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor. He will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I am a virgin?”
The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. For this reason, the baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God. God can do anything!”
Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!”
We need to understand, as Mary did, that God’s promises are not bound by natural limitations! A change happened in Mary’s body when she humbled herself and said let it be AS YOU SAY! Despite my circumstances, despite what people are going to say, I TRUST YOU. We need to break past the natural barriers we put up, and let God do the supernatural in us!
Another Fearless woman full of tenacity was Esther. (Esther 4)
A decree had been made that all the Jews were going to be put to death, Mordecai told Esther that she needs to go before the king and ask for Mercy for her people.
She says in Esther 4:11, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives.”
Notice, she didn’t say she couldn’t, but she did count the cost! People want the promise without the process, but the pain has a purpose! If you have ever had a baby, you know this to be true! We try to change our circumstances rather than letting our circumstances change us to get us to the promise!
Mordecai replies to her saying, Esther 4:14-16
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Esther sought God’s will, and acted on God’s promise! The difference between God’s will and God’s promise is that you DO God’s will, and you RECEIVE God’s promise!
God has promised victory. He’s promised peace. He’s promised wholeness. Let’s lay ourselves down and take hold of those promises! It’s God’s promises that inspire us to do His will!
Let’s lay our lives at His feet and surrender everything we are holding onto nothing so He can take it and create something beautiful. So we can run our race, and finish strong and fearless! Turn your barriers into breakthroughs!
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