Barriers are unwanted components in our life that needs to be removed. Our barrier breaker is the Lord God Almighty. Yes He is, indeed! The Lord God said in Isaiah 45:2, ‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron’.
Is 40:4 says, ‘…the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth’
The great prophet Micah said in Micah 2:13, ‘The one who breaks all barriers is walking before them…The Lord will walk ahead of them’.
The presence of the Lord went before the children of Israel all the time. In the nighttime, there was a pillar of fire and in the daytime there was a pillar of cloud. The Lord was walking with the them as the breaker of their barriers. There were so many hurdles they had to cross before they could step into their promised land.
There were four major barriers for them. Each one is a symbolic of the obstacles, the devil brings in our life. God wanted them to go from a land of bondage to a land of abundance. God wants to do the same thing to you too.
The barrier of Pharoah:
God sent Moses to the king Pharaoh that he might bring forth God’s people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt (Exodus 3:6-10). But Pharaoh was a very hard-hearted man. He would not let the Israelites go. In Ex 5:2 Pharaoh said, ‘who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go’
Pharaoh is symbolic of Satan. He does not want you to do what God wants you to do. He does not want you to be delivered from the bondage. Therefore, he works through different people, in various ways and tries so hard to stop us in our tracks.
The barrier of the Red sea:
Exodus 14:16 God said to Moses, ‘ lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea’.
Exodus 14: 27 says, ‘And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea’.
There was a time when Jesus got into a boat and suddenly a tempest arose on the sea and the disciples were so scared. But Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea. The winds and the sea could be compared to the difficulties we face in life. If Jesus is there in your boat, you can be rest assured that He calm down the sea for you!
The barrier of the river Jordan:
Joshua 3:15 says, ‘Jordan overflows all his banks during the whole time of harvest’. Moses and Aaron were gone. Now Joshua their new leader took up the challenge of getting to the ‘Promised Land’. The name Jordan means ‘flowing down’. River Jordan is the largest river in all of Israel. The drop in level is more than three thousand feet and it is a couple of hundred miles long. The water current is so strong!
Joshua 3:13 says, ‘as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark if the Lord the Lord of all the earth shall rest in the water of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap’.
Notice that, only after the soles of the feet of the priests touched the water, the miracle happened. God fights for His servants. Our God is a God who will honor His servants.
Jordan also means reproach and dishonor. Dear child of God, are there people who bad- mouth you with all kinds of words. There may be false accusations against you. But cheer up! The God who cut off the waters of Jordan is with you. He will talk for you.
Is 54:17 says, ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn, This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me” says the Lord.
The barrier of the walls of Jericho:
In Joshua 6:2-5 we read, that God gave this city of Jericho in the hand of Joshua. Jericho was a cursed city in the Bible. Finally the walls of Jericho fell down. God gave them the victory. The great shout is the shout of Praise! That is the weapon that is so powerful to break the walls. When we praise God, His presence descends and shatters the wall in your life. The Psalmist says in Psalm 18: 29; ‘For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall’.
What is that breakthrough that you are expecting? Are you desperate for something? Begin to ask God. The moment you begin to pray, the evil one will tell you reasons it cannot happen. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Begin to loose the things of God and bind the things of the devil. (Matt 16:19) Begin to praise God for the answers right away. Do not wait till you see the physical manifestation. In other words, even if the circumstances look just the opposite of what you have asked for, start praising! That is the key to victory.
May the Lord give you a breakthrough in Jesus’ name. Amen.