Ezekiel 3:20 (NLT) If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.

We will all be faced with obstacles and opposing forces in our lives.

It’s time to look at your obstacles as character builders. I have discovered we must learn to find a way to grow through them and pray our way through them.

In fact, we must also learn the lessons that are to be learned in our times of challenges and obstacles.

I’ve been faced with obstacles and opposing forces all my life, and I have developed an unstoppable resolve because of these forces.

Whether we like it or not, overcoming obstacles, impediments, and obstructions are part of life. Working our way through obstacles will probably be one of the biggest hurdles we face in our life’s journey.

As Havelock Ellis wrote, “Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.” Obstacles, large and small, present themselves to us throughout our whole existence.

Regardless of how connected, smart, or financially secure we are, we will encounter struggle, challenges, opposing forces and at times, heart-wrenching moments.

I have learned to thank God for these obstacle forces because it added a personal resolve dimension to my life.

Learning to deal with and overcoming obstacles is what builds character and resolve.

Every challenge and every obstacle we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence, and ability to conquer future obstacles.

As Moliere, the French playwright, actor, and poet widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature wrote, “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

I believe in my heart of hearts that obstacles have the character-building effect and drawing out the character and resolve qualities in each of us that would’ve been dormant otherwise (Romans 8:28).

When you respond in resolve and constructively to your biggest challenges the qualities of strength, confidence, character, and power for living your life will emerge from deep inside of you (I John 4:4).

Of course, since we are human, it is very easy to get caught up in the self-pity, unfairness of life, or ‘why me? traps.

When we do, we fail to recognize the opportunities for wisdom and growth that accompany obstacles of any kind.

However, as soon we allow ourselves to get to that place of resolve meaning to think more clearly.

We can let go of self-defeating and unproductive thoughts and get down to the business of dealing with what’s before us.

Resolve definition, to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something): I have resolved that I shall live to the fullest extent.

Quote – Great things come out of times when we are faced with our greatest obstacles. James Baker

Point to ponder

In addition, we should not be afraid to ask for help. People can be surprisingly generous with sharing and caring, especially in times of challenges and crisis.

It’s amazing the people the Lord will place in your path in times of obstacles. You can possibly meet a mentor or colleague who’ll encourage and support you for years to come.

  • Do you resist or complain about the obstacles in your life?
  • How do you respond to obstacles in your life?
  • Is time to develop the discipline of Resolve in your life?
  • Do you need a mentor in your life?
  • Who do you have in your life for Resolve support?

Special thanks!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of April 2019 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. David Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Mrs. Barbara Mason, Ms. Cynthia Waiters-Artis, Mother Betty Denson, Ms. Darlene Simmons, Mrs. Denise Johnson,  Mr. and Mrs. Carl and Marguerite Williams, Mr. William Jones, Ms. Evonne Bazemore, Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Itholear Abbott, Mrs. Angela Harrison and Ms. Gertrude Scott.

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Kingdom Blessings,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.


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