Overcoming Hindrances to Loving God Wholeheartedly
In the journey of faith, one of the most profound commands Jesus gives us is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Yet, as Christian women seeking to deepen our relationship with God, we often find ourselves grappling with hindrances that derail us from wholehearted devotion. These obstacles can subtly creep into our lives, hindering us from fully embracing the Greatest Commandment. Let’s explore four common obstacles and discover strategies for overcoming these hindrances to wholehearted devotion.
Perhaps the most obvious hindrance to loving God wholeheartedly is sin. Whether it’s pride, selfishness, or unconfessed wrongdoing, sin erects barriers in our relationship with God. Eye-opening to me, was the realization that NOT loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, sinning. Half-hearted devotion is not acceptable any more than stealing half an outfit from Target. Whole-hearted pursuit is required of every Believer, not simply for the few looking for extra spiritual points. Sin, my friend, is serious. Therefore, it’s essential for each of us to recognize it’s destructive nature of sin, repent of it, and seek forgiveness and restoration through Christ’s redeeming love. Embracing a posture of repentance opens the door to deeper communion with God.
Believing and Trusting God
Another obstacle we encounter is a lack of faith and trust in God’s character and promises. This has been the most crippling factor in my Christian life. When faced with challenges or uncertainties, I have struggled to believe God will be faithful to me, although I have full assurance, He will be faithful to you. Maybe you have, as well.
Doubt can overshadow our confidence in His sovereignty and goodness. However, cultivating a steadfast faith requires, first believing what the Bible teacher, and making intentional efforts and surrendering our worries and anxieties to God. As we meditate on His Word and recall His faithfulness in the past, our trust in Him grows, enabling us to us to live unhindered.
Forgetting who God is and what He can do
Sometimes, it’s not a belief issue, but a remembering one. We tend to have a sort of spiritual amnesia regarding God’s greatness and power. This forgetfulness can cause us to other helps to get us out of the jam we are in, or alternative places for solace and help. To combat this hindrance, you and I must remind ourselves of His faithfulness in the past, so that this record fuels our faith about the future. .
Of the hindrances we have mentioned so far, fear is probably the most effective for keeping us from loving God wholeheartedly. Fear often paralyzes us and inhibits our ability to trust. Whether it’s fear of failure, rejection, or the unknown, it can hold us back from fully surrendering to God’s will. However, God repeatedly assures us in His Word that He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Overcoming the fear to lean into God with everything we are requires risk. And the control-freaks we are, struggle to loosen our death grips on the management of, well, everything.
But living this way will never lead us to wholehearted devotion.
It’s time to let it go—whatever it is you are currently afraid of.
There is a better way. And I want to help get you on the right path.
Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment is an 8-week study, published by AMG Publishers, that delves into practical insights and timeless truths that will empower you to get rid of what hinders in order to embrace wholehearted devotion to God. It looks at Biblical examples of what it looks like to love God with all our hearts, all our minds, all our strength, and all our souls. Through engaging Scripture study, reflection questions, and application exercises, you’ll discover how to overcome the obstacles that are hindering you, and experience the abundant life found in loving God wholeheartedly. If you are ready to leave half-hearted pursuit or spotty devotion behind, this is the study for you.
May our lives be a testament to His unfailing love and glory as we pursue wholehearted devotion to Him.
For His glory,