Do you ever feel like there is something holding you back from being all God made you to be? I feel that way often. So, to gain perspective I read. One of my favorite "in your face" reads is from Perry Noble at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Below is an article I copied from his blog. I pray God will help us to stop being held back!
What Is Holding You Back? by Perry Noble
I don't think people fall short of what God has for them because He isn't revealing Himself…I think many do so because He does reveal Himself, but in Him doing so we are forced to face several things that MUST be overcame if we are going to achieve what He has for us…such as…
#1 – Fear
If you don't say "oh crap" when God reveals what He wants for your life…then you probably didn't hear from God!
We will never become who God has called us to be and do what He has called us to do if we do not face our fears.
- David faced his fear and stepped out to face Goliath.
- Moses faced his fear of not being able to speak and went before Pharoah.
- Noah faced his fear of not knowing how to build a boat
People that accomplish great things for God MUST fight through their fears because reality is than God has never asked anyone to do anything that was easy (other than receiving Christ!)
#2 – People
When you want to do something great for God there will always be LOTS of people who try to tell you why you can't do what HE said you can do! My advice…never listen to anyone who is not doing anything tell you that you cannot do anything. OR…in other words, NEVER take dance instructions from a person who just stands against the wall and does nothing but criticize those who are trying to stay in rhythm.
#3 – The Procrastination Lie
I know so many people who swear that "one day" they are going to do what they "know" God has called them to do…but…"one day" for most people NEVER comes…because in their minds "one day" is when everything is in place and doing what God has called them to do does not require any step of faith at all.
"I will do it one day" is a lie that we tell ourselves in order to justify our disobedience. God doesn't speak to hear Himself talk…His word is not to be considered but to be obeyed.
#4 – Underestimation of Him Working Through You!
If God has called you then He has also equipped you and will sustain you. Of course the task at hand is large and seems "impossible," that is why Zechariah 4:6 says it is by HIS Spirit and II Corinthians 12:9 says that HIS power is made perfect in our weakness!!! He didn't call us because we are "able," we are nothing more than common jars of clay (see II Corinthians 4:7) that He wants to use for HIS glory…and He has a history of taking ordinary people (Acts 4:13) and doing extraordinary things through them!
Taken from http://www.perrynoble.com/