IN SPITE OF ALL OBSTACLES

at 07:51 PM, 19/07/2009 (9 years ago)
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Dearly Beloved,

IN SPITE OF ALL OBSTACLES

“A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession’” (Matthew 15:22 NIV).

Ideally, a mother can do anything to get something for her children. She can go any length to see that she gets the desired result for her children. This message is about a woman who sought help for her daughter that was demon-possessed. In spite of the obstacles she encountered, she did not give up until she got what she wanted.

Jesus Christ withdrew from the land of the Jews, and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon, possibly to have some rest from the teeming Jewish crowd. A woman from that region came to Him and begged Him. The content of her cry was that Jesus should have mercy on her and heal her daughter who was terribly suffering from demon possession. Her prayer was short. She prayed with humility. She was fervent and modest. She showed respect. Although she was not a believer, she demonstrated total reliance on the mercy of Jesus. What a good example for us today in our prayers to God!

Jesus did not answer her initially. It does not mean that He did not hear her plea or that He wanted to ignore her. He might be testing her faith and persistency. He might even want to teach His disciples a lesson from the event. This was the first seeming obstacle—a psychological obstacle. In spite of the inaction of Jesus, it was apparent that the woman did not give up. She continued to plead for mercy. The reaction of the disciples showed this. They wanted Jesus to send the woman away so that she would no longer disturb them with her supplication. Their words might also suggest that they wanted Jesus to do something tangible for the woman. This was the second seeming obstacle—a social obstacle.

Jesus’ answer was like adding insult to injury for the woman – she was not qualified to receive His mercy! Jesus was sent first to the Jews, then to other people. He came as their expected Messiah. He came to preach the gospel Himself to the Jews only. Afterward the gospel was preached to the Gentiles, but the ministry of Jesus was confined almost entirely to the Jews. He confirmed this in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. This was the third seeming obstacle—another social or religious obstacle.

What kind of obstacles are you facing as this year is gradually running to an end? How are you reacting to these obstacles? No matter the obstacle, “if you believe, you would see the glory of God” (John 11:40 NIV). The conclusion of this story next week will attest to this.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

biamblinks at 08:55 PM, 19/07/2009 (9 years ago)
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Pastor Thanks But I guess it toon long for me to understand
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rbest at 10:26 AM, 11/08/2009 (8 years ago)
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yes dear, no matter the obstacle, perseverance matters as far as heavenly race is concerned, and i pray that God will give us the enablement to make heaven at last in Jesus name
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goddy2 at 02:33 PM, 17/08/2009 (8 years ago)
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Pastor,

Calvary greetings in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen! Infact it has come to the points whereby my wife say a lot of things to me because of obstacles, in this case what do u advise me to do.

Thanks,
 Godwin Obot. Huh?
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rbest at 06:49 PM, 17/08/2009 (8 years ago)
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Though am not the one u asked but i want to contribute since its a forum, hope u wouldnt mind.

It depends on how u started from the day one, most of u men does not tell ur wife the truth from the begining, some claim to be what their are not, thereby, their wife  think all is well. so wen things are not coming the way she expects, she will start nagging and complaining.

I suggest u sit her down n talk senses into her head, not with querrels, if u are a civil servant, show her ur pay slip or ur bank account so that she will face the reality, with dis i think she will understand with u.

God luck
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Temmysam at 12:36 PM, 12/10/2009 (8 years ago)
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hmm thanks
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ezecyyyy at 08:34 PM, 8/11/2009 (8 years ago)
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O'HELP US GOD
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emma4love3 at 10:22 AM, 19/03/2016 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: Mohammed Bima  link=topic=17767.msg655228#msg655228 date=1248033305
Pastor Thanks But I guess it toon long for me to understand
....e tire me too...
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morgrawl231 at 06:14 AM, 5/04/2016 (2 years ago)
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Stay blessed...
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