THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Month Theme: Spiritual Warfare and the Jubilee
Topic: The Obstacles You Must Overcome
Scripture Reading: Acts 28:1-10
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
Obstacles are the evidence of a road that is leading somewhere. You cannot attain an objective without obstacles. As soon as you announce your purpose, the devil will throw all sorts of problems at you. People who fear challenges never achieve anything. You don’t have to create problems before they come. Jacob received the express Word of the Lord to return to Canaan (Genesis 31:3). Objectives and Obstacles are nextdoor neighbours. Purpose and Problems cannot be disconnected. Adventure and Adversity combine to create excitement.
Failure has its challenges but even success does not exclude us from challenges. When the apostle Paul escaped death on the high seas, he thought his troubles were over. However, a viper was about to test his survival instincts (Acts 28:1-6). Paul and his fellow sailors gathered wood to keep their fir burning to keep them warm, when they were washed ashore onto the Island of Melita. There was a cold viper lying inactive in Paul’s wood. When Paul was putting the wood into the fire, the warmth that was a blessing to him also warmed the viper (his enemy) and aroused it. The viper unleashed venom into his blood stream but he did not die because if God blesses a person, He will keep that person alive in spite of the enmity the success will attract.
Your blessings will always irritate your enemies and make them throw everything at you. The warmth of your prosperity often warms up your enemies and activates them. Enemies remain quiet until they see your breakthrough emerging. It is however gratifying to know that when the enemies place an obstacle in your way, God turns the obstacle into a springboard to catapult you to another level. Obstacles are not meant to obstruct you but to uplift you. You need them.
Prayer: Pray for the grace and wisdom to use the obstacles you face in life as your springboard.
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
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