Tearing Down Barriers

Tearing Down BarriersThere are times in our lives, when we look to people to affirm the message in our hearts that God has already spoken.  At these times, we have to realize that unless an individual has heard from God, they cannot affirm our call, our mission, or even the message that God has given.   The truth is that looking to people for affirmation can sometimes lead us to a place of hurt, frustration, and even doubt.  That’s when it’s most important to turn to God.  It is at these times that we have to look to the Word of God to tear down barriers in our lives.

That turning may feel difficult…

You may not want to or even feel like going to your Bible.

You may find so many other things to do that seem more important than turning to the Word of God for the moment, but let me assure you of one thing…there is nothing more encouraging and powerful than the Word of God.

So, when you feel that it is hard to get the Word, I encourage you to push…PUSH…PUSH…push your way to the Word and watch God speak into your situation.

He will give you boldness, clarity, and the affirmation that you were seeking…

You will find yourself with the same boldness that Paul had.  Read today’s word from 2 Corinthians 10 and be encouraged by the confidence of God.

And now a personal but most urgent matter; I write in the gentle but firm spirit of Christ. I hear that I’m being painted as cringing and wishy-washy when I’m with you, but harsh and demanding when at a safe distance writing letters. Please don’t force me to take a hard line when I’m present with you. Don’t think that I’ll hesitate a single minute to stand up to those who say I’m an unprincipled opportunist. Then they’ll have to eat their words.

3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

7-8 You stare and stare at the obvious, but you can’t see the forest for the trees. If you’re looking for a clear example of someone on Christ’s side, why do you so quickly cut me out? Believe me, I am quite sure of my standing with Christ. You may think I overstate the authority he gave me, but I’m not backing off. Every bit of my commitment is for the purpose of building you up, after all, not tearing you down.

9-11 And what’s this talk about me bullying you with my letters? “His letters are brawny and potent, but in person he’s a weakling and mumbles when he talks.” Such talk won’t survive scrutiny. What we write when away, we do when present. We’re the exact same people, absent or present, in letter or in person.

12 We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.

13-14 We aren’t making outrageous claims here. We’re sticking to the limits of what God has set for us. But there can be no question that those limits reach to and include you. We’re not moving into someone else’s “territory.” We were already there with you, weren’t we? We were the first ones to get there with the Message of Christ, right? So how can there be any question of overstepping our bounds by writing or visiting you?

15-18 We’re not barging in on the rightful work of others, interfering with their ministries, demanding a place in the sun with them. What we’re hoping for is that as your lives grow in faith, you’ll play a part within our expanding work. And we’ll all still be within the limits God sets as we proclaim the Message in countries beyond Corinth. But we have no intention of moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it. “If you want to claim credit, claim it for God.” What you say about yourself means nothing in God’s work. It’s what God says about you that makes the difference.

The Message (MSG)

By now you should be very confident in who God called you to be and what He has called you to do.  If you are not feeling this way, I encourage you to go back and read this passage out loud.  Listen to yourself say these words and feel the confidence of God as you speak His Word.

Leave us a comment below telling us the difference the Word of God has made in your life.

God Bless you and be CONFIDENT in who God has called You to be!

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