Monday, May 25, 2015

memorial day

This is a great nation even in the midst of struggle, economic strain and rampant decay, physical and spiritual.  People continue to see God do miracle in and around their lives their, and I believe and challenge us today to take risks, to live by faith and to trust God along the journey.

Our church’s 2015 theme of LIMITLESS.  Our God is limitless, and His intentions, kindness and plan for each of us really is LIMITLESS.

Yet Life is full of limits or limitations.  In fact around us there are people who have tried to help us stay in one place.  They do that the way they think is best or for our good.  Yet God has more plans for us.  His desire is for us to grow, get stronger and to move forward.

John 7:38  NASB
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

Moving forward often means taking risk.  Let me give you a warning and tell you that God desires more, more for you and more from you.  Stop holding the fort or being stagnant or waiting to another day.  Start setting your sights higher and move on!

It is time to press on and not hold back.  Far too many people are looking for the easy way out.  They are settling for just surviving.  You are more than just getting by.  God made you to succeed.  He made each of us in His image. 

Don’t settle.  Strive for more.  Our God really is limitless.  He is able to do more.  He is able to create and to sustain.  He is ready to give us more and take us to places we cannot go on our own.  His desire is for us to become like Christ, more every day.

Romans 8:29  NASB
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

He made you and me to become like Jesus.  The way we live and our focus should make us, and others, more and more like Jesus.  But have we chosen to limit our future or to tie God’s hands?  It is time to stop allowing anyone to limit our future.

This reminds me of the story of Benaiah comes to mind.  We know very little about Him, but he became one of David’s mighty men.  He was one of David’s bodyguards.

Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.

Benaiah took risks that paid off.  He lived by faith.  I want to challenge you and I to live by a different code, to strive to a higher place and to grow even more with Jesus.  He risked his life, and we can do the same.

Acts 15:26  NASB
men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are we those kind of people?  God has more for you and for me.  Very much like the people of Hebrews 11 in the “faith hall of fame”.  The world needs people who take risk, who live by faith and who go to the next level.

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