The Reason for the Hindrance
6th JUNE, 2021
Dear brothers, after we left you and had been away from you but a very little while (though our hearts never left you), we tried hard to come back to see you once more. We wanted very much to come, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan stopped us. (1 Thessalonians 2:17, 18 TLB).
We cannot be ignorant of this truth; there will always be some form of resistance whenever we move. Resistance may take diverse forms such as political systems, cultural practices or educational background. Sometimes, men and women of great social standing become a hindrance to the advancement of God’s kingdom, when they oppose those undertaking His purposes.
The apostle Paul and his compatriots had desired to visit some believers in Thessalonica, but all attempts to do so proved futile. Paul, being a man led by the Spirit of God, discerned that such resistance was not ordinary but a work of satan. It is important to note that it is the same satan who opposes us in this 21st century. Our Christian walk is spiritual, hence every form of resistance we face has spiritual antecedents.
Paul had a custom of entering the synagogues of Jews wherever He found himself. This he did to debate with the Jews from the law (Old Testament) and show them how everything points to Jesus, the man they killed. Paul and Silas did the same in Thessalonica and won a great number of people to believe in Jesus. At this point, we are certain you can perceive why the devil got involved and hindered subsequent visits as Paul talks about in our verse for today. (Kindly read Acts 17:1–9 for Paul’s first visit to Thessalonica)
Anytime we move, people are delivered; the light of the gospel shines in dark places; hell is depopulated. That is why the devil resists our movements. He will use any and everything in his power to make sure that we are unable to propagate the gospel. He does not want to have us influencing our communities and serving as a catalyst for change in our nation.
In Ephesians 6:18, the word of God reveals prayer as one of the ways of overcoming any resistance that comes our way as we seek to do the will of God. As we pray, we lay hold on the strength of God to overturn every spiritual barricade erected against our progress. This is our confidence; the presence of God in us is greater than the adversary out there. Hallelujah!
Father in heaven, through Christ Jesus I overcome every resistance in my way even as I move by the might of Your Holy Spirit, Amen.
Further Reading: Luke 18:1–7, James 4:7
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