What is limiting you from living a courageous life

2019-04-07
Preacher:

 

WHAT IS LIMITING YOU FROM LIVING A COURAGEOUS LIFE?

 

(Your only limit is sitting right there on your seat)

  • It is not your wife, it is not your husband, it is not the kids, it is not your parents - not your work, or anything or anyone else you may want to blame - it is you.
  • "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow, is ours to win or lose"

 

  • Deuteronomy 31:6 - "Be strong, courageous [dapper] and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you."

 

  • Isaiah 2:2-3 (Amp) – 2Now it will come to pass that in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains, and will be exalted above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. 3And many people shall come and say, “Come, let us go up the mountain of the Lord, to the house (temple) of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go out from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
  • More, increase, greater, better, is clearly God's direction and pattern for every child.
    • As you and I begin to go up to the next level of growth that God has called us too.
    • People will see it and be drawn to Jesus - as a result of our obedience
  • 3 Kinds of People
    • 1)        Those who will press on and excel [uitblink]
      • Raising the standard is exciting and very rewarding
      • This is a Momentum Maker kind of person
      • Accepts the challenge willingly and does what he says.
    • 2)        Those who choose average
      • I'm happy just to stay the way I am and do life like I've always done it.
      • But, staying the same may be more than less but it so much less than more
      • They don't really believe raising the bar is possible (Example of a High jumper) - just happy to leave it where it is. (Far too many Christians retreat instead of advancing)
    • 3)        Then there are those who just plod along
      • Low life - going through the motions - but their lives have no effect - make no difference
      • They want the bar to be lowered so that they can also meet their low standard (They want to compromise and have Jesus)
  • It is very clear
    • A committed life is one that raises the bar - desires a higher level - more of a Jesus life (John 3:30 life)
    • Our usefulness to God is determined by our commitment to Him (God won’t use a lazy Christian)
    • The higher you are willing to set the bar of God’s standards for your life - the greater the fire - the more effective you will be for God
  • You and I need to be constantly challenging our lives
    • To change - to go higher - to excel
    • To raise the standard - Isaiah 59:19 (KJV) – So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.  – (We don’t retreat – we advance)
    • This is one area you cannot fake it till you make it
  • The truth is
    • If you want to continue to live in the low life or the average life, there are
      • things from God you will never have
      • things you won't hear
      • things you won't experience
      • There are far too many poor weak defeated Christians because of the limits in their life.
  • If you don't decide to go higher to raise the standard - there are things God will never be able to accomplish in your life
  • On the other side
    • Raising the Standard - going higher - excelling - attempting more
      • Will take effort
      • It is not always going to be fun
      • It is going to take hard work
      • It will mean sacrifice
      • It will mean giving up things
  • Daniel chose – Character over comfort / Discipline over disorder
  • But it is when you begin to raise the Standard of your life - you will suddenly begin to
    • Hear things
    • To see things
    • Experience things as never before
    • The vision will get clearer and better
    • You will see the path open to your real purpose
    • Your life will begin to make sense
    • You will begin to understand your real value in God's Kingdom
  • Sadly, so many Christians never experience this deep, powerful, effective, profound [diepgaande] relationship with FATHER God
  • Let us do as John Wesley said -
    • Do all the good you can
    • By all the means you can
    • In all the ways you can
    • In all the places you can
    • At all the times you can
    • To all the people you can
    • As long as ever you can
  • Just remember this - life is not a rehearsal -
    • This is it
    • You get one life
    • Live it to the max
  • Promise - Isaiah 42:9 (Amp) – “Indeed, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”

 

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