March 12, 2021 Mountain Of Fire Devotional : Topic – Remove The Stumbling Block (I)
TOPIC: Remove The Stumbling Block (I)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 3-4
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 23:1-13 (KJV)
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
MEMORY VERSE: “And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.” – Isaiah 57:14
We should be breaking down barriers, not building walls.
PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
I DECREE DIVINE ACCELERATION INTO ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
God is called the Way Maker. The Bible tells us that He made a way in the wilderness for the children of Israel. One of the names of Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. One of the essential things involved in making a way is the removal of stumbling blocks, obstacles and impediments.
Stumbling blocks are also things that stand in the way of men to hinder them from moving forward into the Promised Land or moving upward to their next level. The Red Sea constituted a stumbling block to the children of Israel in their journey to Canaan (the Promised Land). Also, the highly fortified walls of Jericho stood as a stumbling block to Joshua and the children of Israel. Though they had got close to the Promised Land, they could not enter to possess it because of the seemingly impregnable walls. It took the intervention of God to part the Red Sea and to demolish the walls of Jericho. God still specialises in removing stumbling blocks today. He will remove any power standing in your way or putting stumbling blocks in your way, in the name of Jesus.
Sometimes, the enemy turns himself into a stumbling block and hinders people from moving forward. At other times, he puts stumbling blocks (spiritual and physical barriers or impediments) in people’s ways to prevent them from reaching their goals or their next level. Stumbling blocks are evil instruments of delay and denial. They hinder people’s desired freedom, change and breakthrough. They make people to live below God’s standard. God detests stumbling block; He loves liberty for His people. In Isaiah 57:14, He commanded, “…cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.”
The cry “cast ye up, cast ye up, remove the stones (obstacles); level the hills; take up any obstruction out of the way” is often heard before the coming of a king and priest unto God. Henceforth, angels and men will go before you to remove stumbling blocks (obstacles) from your way. Your journey to greatness and fulfilment will no longer be hindered, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, remove obstacles from my way, in the name of Jesus.
- Any strong man denying me of progress, die, in the name of Jesus.
- Powers assigned to thwart God’s purpose for my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
- Spirits of delay, denial and decay, I am not your candidate, die, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, You are the Ocean Divider, open my way to greatness, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, You are the Ocean Divider, open my way to promotion, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, You are the Ocean Divider, open my way to all-round fulfilment, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)