Walking with God is about creating new habits and routines. But a number of obstacles can stand in the way of forming these new habits or staying at it long enough to produce the desired change. When it comes to habits, we do not stick to it long enough for it to become entrenched.
The decision to start a new habit is not so hard, it is sticking to the habit that is a problem. In pursuing intimacy with God, there are a number of obstacles that can stand in the way.
Here are four obstacles that come to mind easily:
- The flesh: Jesus asked His disciples to watch with Him for one hour – guess what, they slept off. Jesus then told them that the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. In the book of Galatians, Apostle Paul tells us that the flesh and the Spirit are contrary to one another [Gal 5:17], the implication for us is that whenever we want to go after anything that would allow the life of God be expressed fully in us, our flesh rises up in protest. One way we can overcome this obstacle is through the practice of spiritual discipines which I will talk on later.
- Distractions: When the sower cast his seed, some fell among thorns and Jesus said the Word was choked to death by worries and cares of this world. Life happens to everyone but your response determines how it affects you. The truth is that there are more enjoyable things you could do instead of praying or studying the Bible but are they as profitable or of eternal value. Determine within you what is most important and let your schedule reflect them.
- Opinions of close friends and family: Recently, a very close family member told me that I am carrying this “Jesus thing” on my head (using the exact phrase). I smiled and said All I have is my God, he looked at me like I had two heads and changed the topic. It was Apostle Peter that stood and rebuked Jesus strongly for talking about his death and what did Jesus say “Get thee behind me Satan”. Although I would not recommend that to someone (depends on the kind of relationship though) but you need to recognize that the person is not an enemy rather the accuser (the devil) planted those thoughts about you in that person’s heart. Be sensitive.
- You don’t see immediate results: It takes time for anything worthwhile to come to fruition. It is the same when it comes to having a vibrant relationship with God. We have to persevere in cultivating this precious relationship. It has been said that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and He won’t interfere unless He is invited. God did not design life to be lived by willpower, that’s why He has chosen to work in us and through us. The ability to persevere is a work of the Holy Spirit in us. The fact that you forgot over a period of time does not disqualify you.
Have you ever had to deal with obstacles in your walk with God?
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