Lifting A Spiritual Embargo


Over the past few months, my students have learned about major trade barriers. They quickly learned that a barrier was something that was an obstacle, something that slows passage or something that limits or stops progress. When presented a graphic of a brick wall, all students understood the concept of a barrier. They could articulate how the way would slow or keep someone from reaching another place. Ultimately, we defined embargo as a complete ban or block on trade with another country.

We then talked about the trade embargo the USA placed on Cuba in conjunction with the Cuban Missile Crisis. We discussed some implications of the ban on trade with Cuba. Most Americans could no longer travel freely to Cuba. Products, such as cigars, were banned from being imported which caused a “black market”. We discussed how the decrease in trade would impact the people there who were living in Cuba. A student stated “Since the Cold War is over and there is no threat of Cuba launching nuclear missiles at us, why do we still have the embargo on Cuba.” He felt there was a need to lift the embargo. Almost on cue, President Obama began talks and actions to “normalize” relationships with Cuba. Congress has the authority/power to lift the embargo, but President Obama has the authority to loosen the effects of the embargo.

Like with Cuba, the rise of sin and the fall of man brought about a spiritual embargo. There was a ban or block on relating to God. Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Sin has separated man from God. Consequently, man cannot fully experience the love of God because of his sin. Man cannot be in complete fellowship with God. Because of sin, man cannot be one with God. Just as the Cuban embargo affected the lives of those living in Cuba, sin affected the lives of those who do not know God through Christ. If one has an embargo, that is a ban or block on relations with God, what hope does he have to ever relate to God, to know God?

There is only one hope. There is only one name in which salvation is found. That name is Jesus Christ. Listen to what 1 Peter 1 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” In our country, Congress is the only one who can lift an embargo. In the realm of God, Lifting A Spiritual Embargo is solely Christ’s domain. It is through Christ alone that the ban on relating or being one with God is absolved. Romans 5:10-12 tells us ”

10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

Chris it our hope. This is what 1 Peter 1shares with us. Peter is telling the believer even though Christ is the one responsible for Lifting A Spiritual Embargo, we still will have hardship, trials and problems, but for a divine purpose. Listen to the Word of God.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

It is because Christ lifts the embargo that we have hope of enduring the hardship, trials and problems of life. In Christ, God promises to never leave or forsake us. If that is not an assurance of Lifting A Spiritual Embargo, I am not sure what would be a greater indication of the assurance of His presence in our lives. In Dt 31:6, 8; Jos 1:5, God references His promise to the Israelites to deliver them unto the promised land. The promised land for us is God Himself and the kingdom He dwells. This is the promise we when Peter says, “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you

Lifting A Spiritual Embargo is Christ’s authority alone. If you have not Christ, you still have a spiritual ban or block in your life. The Word says that wrath of God remains on them without Christ and that they will not see life. Seek and surrender Jesus to experience the Lifting A Spiritual Embargo.

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