Could the barriers in our life be a test of our character? How we react to the barriers in our life will reflect the the fruit of the Spirit within our heart.
Often times we might get offended by the barriers that have been put into place by others in our lives. We might stick around and continue to pound in the doors waiting for them to open or for the other person to invite us in. I think when a barrier is put into place we need to be willing to move on and be careful not to put up barriers of our own.
We need to brush the dust off our sandal and move on to the next door, opportunity, or relationship that God has set before us. God has given everyone a free will and whether or not barriers are in place is up to other people.
So what do we do with barriers that WE have NOT set in place?
We respond by moving forward and brushing off the offense. Responding means moving forward and it may even look like you are setting up barriers yourself. But truly if we continue to invest in a relationship or opportunity that will never produce any fruit, then why stand there waiting?
Barriers often lead us down a path that does produce more fruit than if we just stood there waiting for something to happen. But often we never know this because we are afraid and unwilling to let go. Maybe we are afraid that God doesn’t have something else in store for us.
I have found in my personal life that I have based my worth on the relationships in my life, therefore I find I’m afraid to move forward because if I don’t have this relationship then that means I am worthless. Maybe you can relate? But even God tells us to not value relationships even over HIM, this is idolatry.
If someone has placed a barrier between you and them then I think it’s safe to say you don’t want what’s behind that wall anyways. It is probably one filled with fear, distrust, and jealousy.
One thing my husband recently brought up is that he is NOT the one who determines whether or not he is trustworthy. There is SO much truth in that statement. Maybe the barrier is there because the person doesn’t trust you, and that’s understandable, we can’t tell the person to trust us. Trust is a choice, they will either choose to trust you or not. The only thing you can do is move forward, living a life of integrity and one guided by the Holy Spirit in your life.
Just because a barrier is up now doesn’t mean it won’t fall down later. God is in the business of tearing down walls and filling in the gaps. All we need to do is learn obedience and listen to the direction God is leading us. Then we will see miracles and doors open. It takes trust, a lot of trust, in God. We will have to overcome our fear and be willing to fail. We will need to learn submission and obedience. But it will be worth it.
One thing God has been speaking to my heart for the past month:
Obedience like Esther will bring you favor like Esther.
Esther was an amazing women of obedience. She simply obeyed those around her. The leaders in her life weren’t perfect, I’m sure, but she obeyed because she chose to trust in God’s voice and the role He played in the life of her leaders. I think Esther’s obedience was a reflection of how much she trusted God, not how much she trusted people.
You see barriers definitely build your faith, in GOD. They may cause your faith in other people to waiver, but we are not called to have faith in other people, we are called to have faith in JESUS and we are called to follow the promptings of the HOLY SPIRIT. We are called to hear the voice and submit to the leadership in our life.
It’s really not that complicated, yet fear complicates the truth. Fear complicates a lot of things and keeps us from so much, including obedience to God. Sometimes we just need to take the time to listen and respond immediately with an obedient heart. Maybe that should be our goal for awhile, nothing else, just listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit and obey. It’s so simple, yet complicated in our fearful hearts…
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