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~Breaking Barriers~ By Belinda
The Israelites had been slaves for over 400 years in the land of Egypt. In a supernatural way, God delivered them from their captors and directed them to a wonderful place that He described as a bountiful land, flowing with milk and honey. The promised land was a land of great beauty and freedom. Their journey should only have taken eleven days, but for some bizarre reason, it took them over 40 years to reach the promised land. Now why in the world would they wander around the desert for so long? Why would they travel in circles without making any forward progress?
We are much like the children of Israel. Instead of moving forward into God’s blessings with an attitude of faith and expectancy, we insist on going around in circles of defeat. “Why haven’t I received that raise I need?” “What are we going to do about all these bills?” “Nobody in my family has ever amounted to much. I guess I won’t either.” We tend to focus on our problems, complain about our circumstances, worry about the obstacles and refuse to keep our eyes (and minds) fixed on the goodness of God and His promises.
The bottom line is this: You will never go beyond the barriers of your own mind. The word “barrier” means an obstruction, a blockade, a boundary, a road block, a hindrance or an obstacle. If you feel that you cannot do something, then you never will. Plain and simple! Think about it, if you are defeated in your mind, you have already lost the battle! Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” So when did we start believing the world rather than God’s promises?
That was part of the Israelite’s problem! They had been oppressed by the Egyptians for so long, they couldn’t conceive of such wonderful promises from God. God wanted to do something better for them, but they could not envision this type of goodness.
God does not want us to live wallowing around in the mistakes of the past. He wants us to let go of the hurts, pains and failures that have a stronghold on our lives. He does not want you to let your past determine your future. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in Jeremiah 29:11-13. It reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” God does have great plans for you, but you will inhibit the awesome future God has for you by dwelling on the mistakes and pains of your past!
If you will change your thinking, God will change your life! You can’t go around thinking thoughts of failure and defeat and then expect God to fill you with love, joy, peace, power and victory. Don’t set your standards too low! Don’t associate with those who set their standards low either! As I was growing up, my mother warned me many times, “one bad apple, spoils the whole bunch!” It’s true! You will become just like what or who you associate with. So it’s time to quit dwelling in mediocrity! Get up and put an end to your defeatist attitude. Set a new standard, be positive, and get ready for God’s blessings!
The words of Jabez can help us change our thinking, we just have to believe in the promises of God and open our hearts and minds to Him. 1 Chronicles 4:10 says, “and Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.”
You were reborn for greatness when you became a child of the King! God created you to be a champion for Him! Break the barriers that have a stronghold on your life. Set your mind on Christ so that you won’t wander around the wilderness for the next season of your life.
Belinda Jane is a musicianary, writer, speaker, teacher, coach and all around renaissance woman, who tackles life creatively, wanders down a road less traveled, and leaps beyond the ordinary to share the love of Christ with others. Find more about Belinda Jane, her music and ministry at http://www.belindajanemusic.com.