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4/15/17 at 01:02 PM 0 Comments

Removing Spiritual Roadblocks (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 55)

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Mark 9:43 (NLT)
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.

The story is told of a man who set out to sail around the world. Some time during his adventure, his sailboat hit a large rock that was invisible from the surface. For days, he wandered with his broken boat until he reached a small patch of land.

Once he reached land, with little food and clean water, he lay on the dirt for a nap. At some point during the night, a snake bit his foot to the point where he could not walk at all. The pain was excruciating; his attempt to apply what little medical knowledge he had only seemed to make it worse. After a while, he decided that in order to survive until help came, he had to cut his foot off.

So, he pulled out his small, compact pocket knife and without much thought, amputated his own foot. Do you think he died? No, he survived the self-amputation and eventually made it back to his hometown. He had decided that in order to save his life, he had to be willing to cut something off that was hindering him.

Just like this man, we, as followers of Jesus, must choose to willingly self-amputate the things that are causing us pain and hindering us from realizing our full potential in Christ. Sins that hurt our fellowship God, temptations that we yield to, negative thoughts and bad behavior that keep us back from experiencing the goodness of God in our lives must be extracted. When we cut off the things that kill us, we open our lives up to be delivered and genuinely effective in service to Christ.

In order to enter into life in God, the flesh must be humiliated. A humiliated flesh is brought under submission to the power of God. Either sin in our lives must die, or we will die in our sin. We must be ruled by God, or we will be ruined by sin. Whatever it is that is hindering your growth, take time to consider cutting that thing out of your life. The enemy of our souls wants us to live in bondage. But the Savior of our lives wants us to live in joy, freedom, and abundance of grace.

“Heart-suffering because of sin is the best proof that the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart.”
— Johann Arndt

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