What is Holding You Back? Part 2

A quick study on the life of David will quickly show us that David sinned many,
many times. David committed some horrible sins that even today they would be
consider repulsive; however, David’s walk was never moved. David never changed
his heart towards God; he was in a constant pursuit of loving God above all
things. In Second Kings 22:1-2; hundreds of years after the death of David, the
Bible tells us…

“Josiah was
eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in
Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was
Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in
all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to
the left.”


            Did you read that? David’s sins or stumbles did not change his walk. David “turned not aside to the right hand or to the
So, we must learn that in this walk we must not allow the enemy to
mess-up our minds every time we sin. We must take a deeper look at our day-to-day
walk and continue to allow the Holy Spirit to allow us to grow in loving God
according to Romans 5:5


“Now hope does not
disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the
Holy Spirit who was given to us.”


            We must continue to allow the Holy
Spirit to pour out the love of God in our hearts; that is the daily challenge
and where our focus should be. The problem that we are having is that we allow
our sin to fill our hearts with condemnation as we declare and believe
ourselves to be declared guilty. That is because we don’t understand God’s love
and mercy. Little-by-little, we move away from God and His path and we find
ourselves in very dark places, running away from God’s righteousness into caves
of shame. As we do so, the enemy will do what he is called to do since Genesis


 “And I will put
enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall
bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”


            Recently, I injured my left heal
playing softball. My walk has been changed since. That is what the enemy does
with us when we allow him; the devil bruises our heel! Beloved, I know what it
is to sin with my pride, my attitude, the things I say and the things I do. I
know how quickly I recovered from those as I repented and continued my pursuit
of God. On the other hand, I also know the times when my walk was one of an
infidel, even as I was already a born again Christian. I know what it is to be
consumed with guilt and to find myself walking in some very dangerous paths.
See, there is no way around this; if we walk in the flesh, we walk in death,
but if we walk in the Spirit, we are granted life and peace. Romans 8:6 tells


“For to be carnally
minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”


            So the question is: What is holding
you back? It is not necessary sin, but the way you view and deal with sin! God’s
Way is, without a doubt, better than any drug, any alcohol, any sexual fantasy,
any woman or any man. God’s Way of doing things provides us with a life that is
filled with the peace of God, a peace so powerful that it overpasses all
understanding. When the focus of our walk is changed from the Spirit to the
flesh, we will then cut our own selves from the enjoyment of God’s peace. Have
you ever being there? No matter how much we try to camouflage our unholy walks
through life, they will always rob us from the beauty and power of God’s peace.
Philippians 8:7 helps us to close this series with the following words:


“And the peace of God, which passeth
all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”






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