DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
As we go through life from day today, we face many obstacles, barriers, hurdles and snags along the way that hinder our progress or make the journey difficult. These hindrances vary in size and degrees and can be very destructive to our path. We face obstacles in our marital relationship, with family members, on the job, with our career, preparing for ministry or with finances. We always ask the questions, why life cannot be without roadblocks? Why our journey cannot be without rough patches? And Why we cannot go through life without any storm?
No one likes to face challenges, hardship or trials. We express the thought about how great life would be if we can easily obtain a car, a nice house, a nice family and be wealthy without going through any struggle. But the reality is, as long as we have life, we have some hurdles to overcome. How we chose to overcome these obstacles will determine how successful in life we will be. We can choose to be pessimistic and let the obstacle overcome us, or we can be optimistic and triumph over our situation. The best of us have to go through the fire, the flood waters and the storm which impedes our progress, but at the end of it all, trials come to strengthen us and to make us fit for the task ahead, if we can only endure a bit longer.
The Prophet Daniel (Daniel Chapter 6) overcame his obstacles by praying on his knees three times a day to God after his haters- the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against him in his conduct of government affairs. Daniel was placed in the Lion’s den with a stone placed over the mouth of the den. Thank God that in the worst of times, He still comes through for us. God shut the mouth of the lions and they did not harm him.
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13that no temptation has overtaken us that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let us be tempted beyond our ability, but with the temptation He promises to provide the way of escape, that we may be able to endure it.
I encourage us to fear not, for the Lord our God is always with us. He is our present help in times of need and He works everything out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We can overcome by remaining faithful to God as we constantly renew our minds by reading God’s Word daily and by praying daily. When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us to bring us out victoriously. When Apostle Paul was facing his many trials, he said in 2 Corinthians 12: 8-9, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Family obstacles can prove a great challenge for many of us. The Book of Genesis Chapter 37 tells us that Joseph was loved by his father Jacob more than any of his other sons, because he has been born to Jacob in his old age and he made Joseph an ornate robe. When the brothers saw that the father loved Joseph more than any of them, they hated Joseph and could not speak a kind word to him. They threw him into a cistern in the wilderness and stripped him of his robe. They later sold him to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt.
Joseph faced obstacles after obstacles. He was placed in prison for many years. But while he was in prison, the Lord was with him; He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. The warden put him in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. Joseph remained humble and faithful to God, worshiping God in the prison. Having faced his many barriers, he was sold to Pharaoh and was placed in charge of Egypt.
The Word of God declares in Genesis Chapter 39 verses 41-46: So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
When some things are placed before us to do us harm, God turns it around for our good.Our obstacles are oftentimes to take us to a higher calling. God will give us double blessings for our troubles. He promises “to restore to us everything the locust has eaten, the canker-worm and the caterpillar and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”
As we seek to overcome our various obstacles, I encourage us to remain steadfast in Christ. Let us saturate ourselves with the presence of God by reading God’s Word daily, praying daily, and speaking with those who will encourage us along the way. Do not give up! Nothing lasts forever. There is a season for everything under the sun. God’s grace will bring us through our circumstances and we will overcome one day if we press on in Christ, for He promises to never leave us or forsake us. Through it all, Let us learn to trust Jesus and to trust in His love for us.