DID YOU KNOW? God Wants to Remove Your Road Blocks

Read: Hebrews 12

“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

I was jogging my normal route and suddenly I was stopped by a huge barrier in the road. I couldn’t see the way around it and started to become frustrated, until finally a construction man came to the rescue and signaled for me to take a little narrow path on the opposite side. I was relieved I could continue on my run.

Barriers often keep us from moving forward in our spiritual journey. Things like anger, unforgiveness, pride and self-sufficiency hinder us from staying on the path God has paved out for us. Or it could be more obvious behaviors like lying, stealing or sexual immorality. The Scripture verse today instructs us to “throw off everything that hinders” so we can continue to run our race to the best of our ability.

How do we “throw off” hindrances? Just as I had to look to the construction worker for guidance around the roadblock, we must look to Jesus. If we are willing, He will show us if there is anything that is hindering our ability to see and hear Him clearly. He will show us behaviors and attitudes that are entangling us and keeping us from walking out His plans for us. But we must be willing to do what it takes in order to remove the roadblocks once we know they are there.

Are you willing?

Dear Lord, please help me see any barriers that might be blocking my ability to see You and Your plans clearly. Give me the wisdom and strength to do what it takes to remove any road blocks so that I can continue on the straight path You have marked out for me. Help me to keep my eyes on You, trusting that You will show me what I need to do to keep running forward in this race of life. Amen.

*Take-away Treasure: Are there any roadblocks preventing you from experiencing the fullness of joy and peace in Christ? What are some hindrances you might need to “throw off” in order to be where God wants you to be?


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