Hidden Hindrances to God's Goodness
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." I John 5:21
"...make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth." Exodus 23:13
Old Testament history reveals idolatry was as endless weakness for God’s people. Idolatry is anything we give power to other than the one true God. Other gods (idols) distract us and keep us from a deeper relationship with God. Idolatry’s attractiveness comes from the god’s perceived ability to give us what we want: power, pleasure, control, escape, riches, gratification or popularity.
Even though we have all the benefits in Christ, we discover things that hinder the Holy Spirit. Without praying for revelation of the hindrances (idols), they can strengthen, control and dictate our lives. When we focus on hindrances, we stop believing in God’s goodness, deny His power and it keeps the old way alive. Focus on the provisions of Jesus Christ and be alive! Lord Jesus Christ, by Your Holy Spirit, bring to light all hidden things of darkness that hinder You in my life and hinder me from emotional or mental victory. Thank you. Amen.
Many idols are not recognized as idols and hinder us of a joyful life. Some examples are:
- Judging the faults of others, yourself, life or events. Judgmental thoughts and spoken words are hidden destroyers. When we focus our thoughts and conversations on the shortcomings of others, we are being deceived about our own conduct (Romans 2:1). Most people believe we have the right to judge, complain, be hurt, be offended or think our opinions are right. These attitudes are not scriptural. A critical judgment offends, creates seeds of return, blocks future provision, robs, steals, destroys and keep us from victory. If we don’t challenge our attitudes about others, ourselves, life or events, we could be sowing in the flesh; responding to things with lack or fear. Judgment is disobedience to the Lord. Disobedience is sin that results in the loss of personal power.
- Anger is a hindrance to the Holy Spirit. It does not work the righteousness of God (James 1:20). Anger wants to control, speak out, lash out, put down, and shut down emotions. Anger does not care what God says. When we practice anger, we distort our perception and thinking process. In whatever way anger is expressed (or not expressed), it is sowing in the flesh (Galatians 6:8).
- The real hindrance to the Spirit is not so much the anger itself, but in trying to get over it without repentance. Without repentance, the sowing and reaping law will silently destroy our future and health. Some people don’t think anger is a sin, but it is. It is not a sin to experience anger, but it is how we express anger that can be a sin: perfectionism, self-doubt/self-deception, violence, cynicism/criticism, promiscuity, judgment, control, retaliation, shame, self-inflection. Constantly giving into anger builds a demonic stronghold.
- Hidden pride. Pride attempts to improve ourselves, protect or fix ourselves or others. It makes us think we know everything and feel right about it. The need to be right is an open door to the graveyard, the old is dead. Be aware of self-pity when you do not get your way. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit as our excellency, we can say no to the urge to always be right.
- Grudges are disobedience to God’s Word. The holding power of a grudge is a deep need for revenge. It delights in causing others to suffer or seeing them suffer. Repent for revenge and verbalize forgiveness. Keep saying ‘I forgive’ until you can say the offense no longer matters. Bless and curse not.
- Unbelief based on past disappointments creates an evil heart of unbelief. It causes us to depart from the living God (Hebrews 3:12). Unbelief is an uncertain feeling with negative thoughts suggesting we are alone and God won’t do anything. We allow negative thoughts because we lack revelation of having power over disappointments and discouragement. For every no there is a bigger yes. When prayers are delayed, a better answer is on the way. Treat unbelief as sin and repent for it (John 16:9). Release the Holy Spirit to transform your beliefs into what God says in His Word.
God is our power source. He anointed Jesus to preach deliverance to the captives and bring good tidings to the poor and brokenhearted (Luke 4:18). Jesus was commissioned and sent of God, divinely qualified for His work. Jesus said by the act of practicing His sayings, we will become strong and solid. It is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, giving us courage, energy, strength and the ability to obey God’s Word. Learn to respond to all things with grace, faith and thanksgiving; the open door for God’s good to come forth.