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Insights for living by Lemuel Matutes

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Obstacles Don’t Stand A Chance

Psalm 78:53 (KJV) And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

We have seen the footages of the tsunami in Japan in the previous year as well as typhoons Sendong and Yolanda that devastated certain regions in the Philippines. It showed us the bitter truth that nothing can stop the force of mighty rushing water. Three or four feet of floods can pick up a car that weighs thousands of pounds and move it around. We have seen news reports where whole houses and even cities were simply swept away during a huge downpour or a tidal wave. And it wasn’t only properties that were greatly ruined but so many lives were lost. It seemed life was over for those regions and places that were affected. It appeared like all hope was lost.

But look at us now, look at Japan, we have learned to pick up the pieces of our lives and we have learned to start over.

I may have obstacles that look insurmountable, dreams that look unattainable, problems that seem unsolvable but He who causes the mighty winds and controls the rushing torrents can in a day or a moment say to it, “PEACE BE STILL!” By His power He led Israel to walk on dry ground. By His power He overthrew the chariots and mighty men of pharaoh and covered them with high waters of the Red Sea. The enemies of God’s people were washed dead and His nation saw them no more. It is God who releases the floods and it is Him who calls and holds them back. Nobody could question Him because He owns this world and everything in it. The same way that nothing will be able to stop the deliverance and favor of the Lord anytime He desires it.

People who oppose me may be stronger, better financed and better equipped but when God opens up the floodgates, they’ll be no match. I may not have the connections or resources I need, but when God lets an overflow of His favor, people will come out of the woodwork to help me out. When God’s kind and gracious hand is on your life, good breaks, opportunities, the right people will search you out. That trouble may look big, but when God releases a surge of answers, it doesn’t stand a chance. So, never stop doing what God would bless regardless of who and what gets in your way, regardless of how you feel and how difficult your circumstances are. God knows how to bless every act of faith and every deed done in love and in the spirit of wholehearted obedience. Then, get yourself ready not for a trickle, not a stream, not a river, but a flood of God’s favor, a tidal wave of God’s goodness, a tsunami of His increase that might just be coming your way!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your mighty power at work in my life. I believe that as I trust you and obey, Your floodgates of blessings are open for me, and a flood of Your goodness is wiping out my enemies and clearing the way for Your glory and Your victory in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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(randomly shared by Ms. Mel Bliss of Mt. Riverview, Australia)

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