Getting married and fulfilling destiny is Gods will for us.
Are you mature in age and have found yourselves waiting for years without seeing this fulfilled in your life? I want to encourage you that a swift and complete turn around is always possible with God. However, we must be in full cooperation with him to have His power make things happen for us.
God is our guarantee that His blessings are available and accessible:
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised,
he confirmed it with an oath.
The Giver is Faithful, but the receiver needs help! God is a Good God who gives good gifts, when we don’t receive the manifestation of his promises we can be rest assured that the fault is not with the giver, it is with us, the receiver.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Lets examine some reasons why we experience delays in experiencing God’s promises.
Why do we experience delays? There are reasons why we have experienced the frustration of delays. Many times it has to do with different types of barriers (mostly within our power to remove), as explored in the blog “Breaking the Stronghold of delay“.
If you don’t recognise those barriers and deal with them, you may inadvertently prolong the season of waiting…
God’s Word is God’s Will and God’s Way!
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make
thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
God made plain to Joshua how he must say, ponder upon and observe to do ALL that God has Commanded to have what he calls Good success.
This is the kind of success we should desire in life. Good success is experiencing the fulfillment of our divine purpose. Bad success is being successful in anything else asides from this.
It is God’s good pleasure to grant you the desires of your heart (that align with his will), he wants to get himself glory through your life, unfortunately without our cooperation with him there is little he can do in our lives
Four types of barriers keep us from God’s best:
1. Barriers of Thoughts
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.
Our lives are a product of our thought patterns. God designed us this way, which is why He wants to give us His thoughts so that we can experience His life. However, we always want to hold onto our own thoughts and still want to enjoy His life. Our own selfish thoughts often resist God’s thoughts and this creates a barrier to us receiving His promises.
What thoughts are you holding on to about yourself? Are they thoughts of God or thoughts of man? Consider the following areas:
- your preferences,
- your experiences,
- your desires,
- your identity,
- your prospects,
- your life.
If a believer can guard his heart well, he will be immune to all other destiny destroying forces. Unfortunately for many of us, we have adopted the world’s thoughts as our own and its ways as our path. You need to break free from every thought that challenges God’s thoughts and agree with yourself to replace every thought, idea and preference with His. The barrier of thoughts is the most common and actually makes a believer vulnerable to other barriers.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2. Barriers of Culture
1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
The people around us and the prevailing conversations around us can create a wall of resistance to God’s will for us.
Some of our friends, family, society and even church community represent an external barrier of culture set against what the Lord wants to do in our lives. As such, we may need to take the hard decision like Abraham to let Lot go! Some of us need to consider changing our relational environment to experience a breakthrough. Even Jesus could not do any mighty work in his own home town because he was surrounded by those who didn’t believe in Him.
3. Barrier of Circumstances
Some have found themselves victims of circumstances, like bad decisions, social, economic and life situations that challenges the possibility of experiencing the fulfillment of God’s promises to us.
This doesn’t merely require the programming of the mind and relational adjustment as the first two barriers, but Godly and practical wisdom to understand the situation we have found ourselves in and to find the most effective way to work around the challenges it poses.
4. Demonic Barriers
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes,
came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Whilst examining all of the above, it is important to realise that in certain cases, other worldly agencies’ mischief may be involved in the delay. Our thinking, history, practices, relationships, mistakes, lineage, fears, words and a few other things can give the accuser of the brethren room to affect the outcomes of our lives.
We should not be ignorant of his device but as Peter said in 1 Peter 5:9:
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world.
We should ensure that we are not allowing him to oppress us by manipulating our circumstances.
In summary, I am admonishing you to take responsibility to ensure that the delay you may be experiencing is not being prolonged by your own thoughts, the culture you identify with, lack of wisdom to mitigate circumstantial barriers and failure to resist the devil.
What barriers to the fulfilment of God’s promises are you experiencing?
How are you learning to address these?
Please comment below…
Authored by Pastor Eugene A Ajayi