Friday, November 4, 2011

Decade Of Destiny, Week 5- How To Overcome The #1 Barrier To Your Dream

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The book of Genesis reminds us that God created the world 1 day at a time.  Each day was unique and each day was a masterpiece.  In the same way, your future is created 1 day at a time.  Today is the seed for tomorrow.  The Bible reminds us that, "Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven." 1 Peter 1:3–4 (MSG)  Even though our future is bright and our destiny is secure, it is easy to get stuck in life.  Often times our plans can go awry and our dreams seemingly come to a stand still.  We stop creating what God desires for our lives.  What do you do when you lose energy & focus for the future?  What do you do when the life plan you've been working on is written and ready but life seems no different?  Stop & consider Nehemiah 2:20, which says, “... The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall.”  (NLT)  You have the God of heaven & earth on your side, you WILL succeed!  Keep moving!


1.  Don't Drag The Past Into The Present.
“...Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!”  Nehemiah 2:17 (NLT)
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing... I am making a way...". Isaiah 43:18-19
 It's too late for yesterday.  Don't allow the past to dictate the present and the future.

2.  Don't Allow The Future To Discourage Today.
“Then the people of Judah said, “The work crews are worn out, and there is too much rubble. We can’t continue to rebuild the wall.” Nehemiah 4:10 (GWT)
Bring your life into focus today.  The Bible reminds us to, " first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Matthew 6:33  Everything starts and ends with God.  Pray and focus on today!  You can't depend on tomorrow but you can overestimate it.  Today is all that you have!

Key Thought-  Shake it off & step up-- Remember, Fatigue + Frustration + Failure + Fear = Discouragement.  shake it off & keep stepping up in faith!

3.  Keep Fighting For Your Future  
"Then as I looked over the situation...  and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight...”.  Nehemiah 4:14 (NLT)
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,  And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD... Says the LORD.”  Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)
"...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 30:41 (NIV)

4.  Make Today Your Masterpiece.  
“they were plotting to harm me, 3 so I replied... “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come... 9 They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination."  Nehemiah 6:3,9 (NLT)

Decide what the dominant goal is for today and determine to achieve it.  Little successes lead to bigger successes.  Every small victory will help you gain momentum toward your destiny.  You can't accomplish your dream today, but you can take a step towards it.  Remember, you are God's masterpiece & He is at work in your life today!

“For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10