You know what it feels like. You feel like you’re in the dark. You sort of know how things should be, and WHERE you ought to be in life, but something keeps holding you back.
Even when you see a speck of light in your darkness, it seems like there’s always a hindrance, a blockade that hinders you from stepping out and going forward.
You need extra special help and you KNOW it. This week, release the Spirit of God to roll away the stone that seems to be sealing your life and future.
You and I don’t have to solve our problems by ourselves. We have the problem solver living on the inside of us, if we’re Believers. When you prayed and asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, He brought along with Him all of His problem solving abilities and strength.
The person who DOESN’T have Jesus in his life or her life is upset by every bump in the road and every crack in the sidewalk. The person without Jesus freaks out as soon as he or she finds something wrong with another person, or on the job, or in their church or in a relationship. So, they cop out. Jump ship. Beat feet. Bail out. Call it quits.
If you’re walking by your carnal mindset, when troubles and problems come, you enter into a real danger zone. Doubt and unbelief will cause you to become a part OF the problem. Fear will cause you to become self-sabotaging. You’ll talk and act in ways that are self-defeating. Then, you go into an emotional tailspin and go crashing to the earth…shot down in flames!
On the other hand, when you’re walking by faith, you realize that EVERY person, job, church and relationship has a problem or two. So, instead of focusing on the problem, the person walking by faith starts seeking (and finding) solutions.
When you’re being challenged by obstacles and opposition, the FIRST thing to do is to remember Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord…”
If there’s a problem or challenge in your life, you can be sure that there is something good in it somewhere. That’s a guarantee! It’s a matter of looking for it.
Once you’ve decided to believe God, that there’s some GOOD somewhere in your situation, you’re ready to divide and conquer your problem.
Let me tell you something: That stone, that hard situation holding you back ISN’T a MOUNTAIN! It’s simply a stone…a PIECE of a mountain. A LITTLE mountain, if you please. Well, Jesus gives you the power to release FAITH that MOVES those mountains! Even the LITTLE ones!
Did you realize that there might even be some GOOD in that rock, that piece of mountain that you’re experiencing as a obstruction? Odds are, that there is GOLD in that rock, in that problem.
You can ask the Holy Spirit to help dig for gold. There is DEFINITELY gold, definitely some good, in the mountains in your life. God says so, and when you’re walking by faith, you find that you literally LIVE by believing what God says, and then ACTING on it.
If you’ll keep on hammering that rock with the hammer of the Word of God, you’ll become enriched by what’s INSIDE of that problem. Even through to the natural eye, it looks like a massive obstacle…like a mountain blocking your way.
When we look at things as they appear in the natural, we become our own source of mental, emotional and spiritual poverty. The darkness and hopelessness can invade and fill up the treasure room of our hearts. It’s in those careless moments when we surrender to our doubts and fears that we open ourselves up to be robbed and spoiled by the enemy.
See, the Word says for us to GUARD, or keep our heart with all diligence, because that’s where the issues of our lives are shaped. God gives YOU the power to CHOOSE what you welcome into your heart and what you DON’T allow to enter in.
That means that YOU and ONLY you can decide what you let in, welcome, or receive into your heart.
God says, “Stay alert! Pay attention! Whatever you allow to come INTO your heart will flow OUT of it, affecting your life!”
God gives you the power to CHOOSE to allow good things, good dreams, nourishing empowering and calming things into your heart. Or you can let all those strangling, hopeless and loser-type thoughts rush into your heart and mind. Whatever you let in will direct your thinking, your efforts and your relationships.
God has put on the inside of you tremendous power. Power to dream, power to believe and power to bring those dreams into reality by inspired speaking and acting. You have the power to infuse tremendous energy from God into your thinking, speaking and acting. There’s almost no limit to the good that you can accomplish in life, if you don’t let your problems and troubles hold you back.
The Bible says that Jesus is the minister of GOOD THINGS. Good things from God to be activated in the earth. Jesus wants to accomplish the will of God in your life as it is in Heaven.
Did you ever think about what it means when Jesus was resurrected and the stone was rolled away from His tomb?
It means that, when you have the resurrection power of Jesus moving on the inside of you, that the stones begin to be rolled away from the situations that are trying to entomb, or imprison you! That He rolls away the stones in life that keep you from rising up and moving forth in power!
One of these stones is the Fear of Failure. This stone keeps you back when you are just afraid that you won’t be able to do that thing that you NEED to do. Fear of failure blocks you in by telling you that you’ll be ridiculed and laughed at if you don’t succeed. So, you decide to just hold back and play it safe and do nothing.
Jesus rolls away the stone of Fear of Failure by filling you with the faith you need and the KNOWING that you can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens you! You CAN DO IT! You CAN MAKE IT! BELIEVE in the vision God put in your heart, and act on it!
Remember this: IT ISN’T A SIN TO TRY AND FAIL! Trying to hit the target but missing isn’t a sin. Not even TRYING…well, that’s a different story! You never know if you’ve done your best until you try and find out just what you CAN do!
Another stone that needs to be rolled away is the stone of Past Hurts and Failures. If you find that, every time you start to move forward you’re blocked by a painful memory from the past, you need to get Jesus to roll away your stone of Past Pain and Failure.
Listen: YOU CAN’T GO BACK AND CHANGE THE PAST! BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE BY INSPIRED ACTIONS OF FAITH! Never repeat, NEVER allow past failures to tell you what you can and can’t do! That was THEN, and THIS is NOW! DON’T LET PROBLEMS DIRECT YOUR PATH!
Then, there’s the stone of Other Peoples’ Opinions. That’s one of the biggest stones that can keep us living with one foot in the grave. The fear of criticism and rejection by other people who don’t really understand us. They might mean well (and then again, they might NOT truly have our best interests at heart!), but they seem to have a power over us by their threatening to reject us or disapprove of us.