Five Obstacles That Can Hinder You From Moving Forward in 2013

By on January 2, 2013
young woman outside kneeling down by flowers

What is your projected image of the New Year ahead of you?

What do you see?

How many times in your life do you just accept what comes figuring that is all that God has for you?

fall scents for your home

Are you fearful for your future?

Do you think God is done with you?

Do you try to find answers for the senseless things that are happening in our country?

Do you join with the throngs of the fearful trying to find answers to alleviate your own fears?

Because if we have an answer as to why something happens then we can protect ourselves and loved ones better…rather than seeing the evil that has penetrated our society; And knowing that our only hope is in God. We are in a battle. The evil one wants nothing better than for us to live a defeated life. You have to refuse it. Refuse to agree with your enemy and agree with what His word says about you. Remember, where 2 or 3 agree…..we can agree on fear or we can agree on faith.

One of the obstacles of our faith is unbelief.

Unbelief comes out of us not really knowing Jesus in the most intimate way. For if we knew Him as He really is we would know our confidence in Him will get us through whatever comes.

We must have a vision of broader places in our lives. Jesus has come to give us abundant life. Sure with salvation comes the assurance of our eternity spent with Him. But beyond that have you really immersed yourself in Him to the point of feeling His presence every waking moment. In this day and age we cannot afford to be without His constancy in our lives.

See it!!

What do you desire?

Do you delight in Him?

Pull off the spiritual blinders and look!!

Another obstacle is our words.

We must speak the words of faith for our coming year and not words of doubt and unbelief. No matter how we feel. The power of life and death are in the tongue…we believe what we say…faith comes by hearing, but so does doubt come by hearing. What are you saying about your new year?

The last few days I have been feeling as if I am moving underwater….longing for a release, but not sure what that release would look like. The temptation to just escape within my mind has been brooding over me. I decided to ignore my feelings and go by what He says is there for me. I act like it regardless of how I feel. I figured as Mary sat at the feet of Jesus so shall I in the midst of a blurry future. The more I sit in His presence and lean into Him the more the assurances from Him come. Awww sweet peace and rest in His plan for me!

The obstacle of spiritual blindness.

I am convinced that He has a plan for every one of us. We so often miss that plan because we get too bogged down in our own fears and doubt and unbelief. But not so within Him!! Immersed in Him I see new things ahead. Without Him we are blind to the spirit world, whether it is good or evil.

New experiences.

New depths of desire for more of Him.

New doors opening.

Lord open our eyes to You.

The obstacle of lack of intimacy with Jesus.

All of our tests and trials are not going unnoticed…..He is watching and will not let us down. It is about growing up into Him. It never stops. I have been a believer for 40 years and I am still feeling like I am learning more about Him in a deeper way than I ever walked before. It is a constant. It is our only hope for the future. The world is so unstable and led by so many who don’t have a clue of the evil that is operating in the heavenlies and leading them into even more darkness. We are under attack from the enemies armies!!

But we are more than conquerors!! He is all we need to move forward. He is the secret!! He is the escape. His word says He will provide the way of escape for us when the heat is turned up. I used to look for an escape and finally realized the escape is in a person. He is our escape. We run into Him and are safe. In Him we find that rest in the midst of darkness surrounding us.

The skies are swirling with dark clouds

My spirit’s eyes see beyond the turmoil

Sweet comfort


Leaning on Your breast

Feeling Your arms

Resting in sincere hope and vision

You are all that matters

With sincere excitement and joy I pray for your New Year to be His very best as you reach new heights in Him!!

Originally posted on Reflections of Grace.

About Dixie Diamanti

Dixie is a wife, mom, and nana to a large and wonderful family. She has discovered that God had actually been preparing her, through many years of adversity, for stepping into a new and exciting adventure with Him. As a Certified Life Coach, author, speaker, and teacher she believes that every child of God has a distinct calling, and through her work, she assists and coaches women and men in finding their unique purpose in life. Dixie’s passion is to see people discover how precious and valuable they are to God, and loves to encourage and challenge them in uncovering and making use of God’s hidden treasures within themselves. You will find her at: Web site:


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Five Obstacles That Can Hinder You From Moving Forward in 2013