Hinderance: “A thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone.”
In 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Paul stated that people hindered him from speaking to the Gentiles about Jesus that they might be saved. And then, in 2:18, Paul relayed that he wanted to get back to see the Thessalonians, but Satan hindered them.
Do you ever have those dreams where you’re trying to get someplace, but everything and everyone is in the way? You leave the house, only to suddenly realize you’re in your underwear. You try to drive down the road and a tire falls off or you’re driving through quicksand…Paul must have had those dreams a lot.
I usually figure out my hinderances way after the fact, like after something I’ve attempted has bombed. Or, I get so frustrated with a particular person that is always subverting or annoying that I can’t stand it. They’re like the one wheel on the shopping cart that goes in the opposite direction. Can you picture your one wheel?
Sometimes those people are very well meaning, like Peter was in Matthew 16:22-23. Jesus was trying to prepare the disciples for His death and Peter pulled Jesus aside and said “This shall never happen to You!” Jesus turned and answered, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hinderance to Me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” His own close friend. Notice Jesus addressed Satan, not Peter.
Picturing how that would play out took me to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 where it says that the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world, but are divinely powerful to pull down strongholds and to destroy things that stand in our/God’s way. Those weapons include prayer, Scripture, fasting, the name of Jesus and perhaps flat out rebuking. We have authority through Jesus and we need to learn how to use it.
As I pondered this, I pictured my shopping cart wheel and prayed that God would take care of this hinderance. I prayed through the things that troubled my spirit about this person to see the rub destroyed. Since then I have not been so stirred negatively as this person comes to mind as I used to be, in fact not at all. This is a work of God!
Do you have something or someone standing in your way that needs to get brought before God’s throne of grace? Are you getting road blocked and prevented from moving ahead and fighting it in your flesh? How and what can you pray to see this change in Jesus’ name?