1 Thessalonians 2:18… “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us” (KJV). Since the creation, as seen in the beginning of the book of Genesis, the devil has never ceased to hinder. From the dawn of the morning to the midnight hour, he stands ready to hinder. He hinders your spiritual walk with God, he hinders your character development, he hinders your vision and your goals, and he challenges your integrity. The devil will challenge every virtue that you have. He will attack your faith, your conversion, and your call to serve God. He will tempt you to retaliate when someone maligns you. He is like the bird that pokes holes in ripe fruit, or like the rhinoceros who will gash you with its horn if you get in his way. He will hinder you when you pray and when you study. He wants you to miss God’s blessing. He will obstruct your ministry. If you are in the midst of a revival, he will have his own revival of opposition.
Don’t be alarmed because the devil wants to hinder. Remember, you are on God’s side, doing God’s work. Paul writes in Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” and in verses 33-35, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” The word “hinder” means “to cut in, to impede, to detain.” The devil may hinder you, but he cannot stop God. If the answer to your prayer has been delayed, it does not mean that God has denied your request. 1 John 5:4 reads, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 reads, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Isaiah 63:1 says that Christ is “mighty to save.” Does your case trouble you? Jesus is mighty to save. Your life is a series of miracles wrought by the hand of God.
Pastor George Belobaba
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