30th June 2019

Hinder

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV UK)

Have you ever been hindered by something? To hinder means to slow down or make difficult the progress of something or someone—to hold someone or something back.
We can be hindered by many things. We can even be a hinderance to others as we get in the way of their promotion, or we drive too slowly in the fast lane causing someone to be late to an appointment. Sometimes it’s even a power-kick to hinder someone.

But what about God? Can anything hinder him? Can anyone or anything hinder God and keep Him from doing what he is going to do? Is it possible our attitude, stubbornness or sin could keep him from fulfilling His will? The answer is no, not at all.

In the book of Acts God gave Peter a vision, making it clear that his desire is to draw all people to himself—Jews and Gentiles, slave and free, male and female. Peter shares the revelation that through Jesus there is nothing that can hinder all people from being in relationship with God. This truth was revolutionary. In the cultural climate of the time it was not believed that Gentiles could be called in the same way.

Notice the account when Peter went to the Roman centurion’s home to proclaim this good news and share what God had given to him: “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God? When they (the other disciples) heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:15-18). It was and still is God’s intention to call all people to himself. Peter was among the first to realise that nothing can hinder God from what he desires and intends to do.

What hinders you? There’s probably a few things that come to mind immediately.
What hinders God? Nothing. And for that we may be thankful. Because nothing can hinder the love of Father, Son and Spirit towards us all. And that is good news, indeed!

Prayer
Merciful Father, thank you that nothing can hold back your purposes. Help us to reach the full potential that you have in mind for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Greg Williams
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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