FAITH CAPSULE: Multitude/crowd answers as the agent of hindrance in life.

Luke 19:1-27

The multitude/crowd in one’s life, as an agent for hinderance, should be denied in one’s life.
What role is the multitude/crowd doing in your life? 
Multitude could be a hindrance.
If a multitude is allowed in one’s life, it will deny one from getting to where the LORD has destined for one to be.              
The multitude will ridicule you; it will discourage you, delay you and deny you from moving forward or rising above challenges of life.
One that fails to recognize the representative of a multitude in one’s life will become stagnated and one’s miracle will set to become a mockery.
Taking the life of Zacchaeus and Bartimaeus into consideration, much will learn from breaking hindrances of the multitude that frequently denies one.
Zacchaeus’ case with multitude as hinderance
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He was short in stature, a physical limitation of his was in place to deny him from inviting Jesus into his home. Zacchaeus recognized his limitation but rejected it from being an excuse not to seek Jesus diligently for his desire.
Zacchaeus ran ahead of the crowd because he wanted to see Jesus. 
He was not attempting to join the crowd in knowing about Jesus. 
He wanted to know Jesus, to see Jesus because to see is to receive Jesus into his house. 
Zacchaeus recognized that there was a need for him to do more than running to see Jesus but to also climb a tree to see and receive Jesus. 
What are your efforts to see and able to receive Jesus? 
Your pastor knowing you and going to church once a week or sleeping in the church is not enough to overcome the crowd in the world of today. 
Luke 19:4-6 records the effort of Zacchaeus to deny the multitude’s hindrance for him not to see and receive Jesus into his house, “So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So, he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.” 
By running ahead with efforts to see and receive, the hindrance will device other means to deny one’s victory.
Despite Zacchaeus running and effort to overcome the hindrance of the multitude, a complaint was lodged against him and Jesus saying, “…He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (Luke 19:7)
Can you imagine a man of short stature climbing a tree to see and receive Jesus into his house?
The multitude (crowd) could not hinder Zacchaeus from seeing and to receive Jesus into his life.

Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you not to become a victim of a hindrance.

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