Obstacles

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17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:17-19

I know that I have been appealed to by people with their own appetites and what they want. Many times I have been smooth talked into something that I originally didn’t intend to do out of my own human fault. After this I would feel like such a fool for letting these obstacles get in the way of my faith.

It is so often that things like this happen to all of us but we can overcome such divisions and obstacles in our life. We must remember all of the obstacles Jesus faced. Even He became tempted by the devil in the desert. He overcame all of His obstacles for all of us sinners. Jesus even died on the cross for everyone! If it wasn’t for Him and everything that He has overcome, we would still be dead in our trespasses and sin. We have life through Him and His death and resurrection. This is something to never lose sight of.

We must be wise and keep sight of the cross. Through life there will be many people who try to divide and provide obstacles in our lives. We can do our best to be aware of what is going on and may even need to help each other see when things happen when we may give into smooth talk and the flattery. During these times it is important to not lose sight on Jesus and His eternal message and hope. He is with us through this time and we must continue to pray and have faith in Him and His message. Let’s all share and spread the Good News together and help each other out.

Prayer: Almighty Father, You have provided us with the ability to share the Gospel with all of our neighbors. Be with us so that we may protect one another from the smooth talk of the earthly kingdom when we must keep our eyes set on the eternal heavenly kingdom that Christ has provided us. Amen.

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