BREAKING BARRIERS

BREAKING BARRIERS

By SOUGHTOUT E. MATTHEW

INTRODUCTION:

Barriers are limitations. They are resistance. They pose to stop advancement or progress. They pose to give one limit he/she cannot pass except they are broken. They are hindrances against movement. They pose to stop one from moving to his/her next level.

The three letters that started the word BARRIER is BAR. A Bar is anything built to serve as passage blockade. It is anything that is built to restrains or obstructs progress, access, etc.

Barriers are obstacles. They are limits or boundaries setters.

SYMBOLS OF BARRIER

There are things that represents barrier in the Bible. These things are:
1. Gates:
2. Doors
3. Walls
4. Mountains
5. Hills
6. Etc.

HOW TO BREAK SPIRITUAL BARRIERS

The following are required for breaking spiritual barriers:

1. WISDOM:

The Bible says that:

“A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof”. Proverbs 21:22

The city of the mighty is not easy to penetrate. This is because; it is heavily fortified. And this fortification is the strength of their confidence. But it takes wisdom in a man to get scale the city of the mighty and bring down the strength of their confidence.

2. DIVINE INTERVENTION:

“For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall”. Psalm 18:29

If not through divine intervention, Peter would have not come out from imprisonment and death. Peter thought his escape from prison was dream until the angel that enforced his release disappeared.

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews”. Acts 12:1-11

3. GRACE:

Breaking barriers is a function of grace. When grace steps in, the result is no more of physical power or might.

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it”. Zechariah 4:6-7

We need to invoke grace to have barriers leveled before us. Engaging strength to break it will make it un-prevailing.

The Bible says that:

“…for by strength shall no man prevail”. 1 Samuel 2:9

4. PRAYER:

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” Luke 18:1-7

Peter was locked up in prison by Herod, waiting to execute him after Easter. When the church prayed, God intervened through an angel caused chains on his hands to fall and prison barriers to open as he walked Peter out of those barriers.

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him”. Acts 12:1-10

5. SACRIFICE:

Human strength, power or might is not required in the school of spiritual barrier breaking. The King of Moab tried strength and it failed him; but when he tried sacrifice, the barrier he couldn’t break, even with the support of others gave way immediately.

“And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country. And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it. And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not. Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land”. 2 Kings 3:24-27

Anytime you tried to do something and you are experiencing restraint, it is time to stop employing the service of human strength and apply sacrifice.

David said that he won’t offer to God what that didn’t cost him some fortune. Sacrifice is something that will cost you a valuable. It is time to give it to the Lord. Give to the Lord’s work and watch those barriers give way before you.

Looking forward to your question(s) and comments.

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