Breaking barriers

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A teenager was telling a pensioner why the older generation doesn’t understand the younger. ‘You grew up in a primitive world,’ he said. ‘We’ve got space travel, nuclear energy and computers.’ Smiling, the old man replied, ‘You’re right, we didn’t have those things, that’s why we invented them!’ In other words, the reason we are where we are now is because someone went first and made it possible!

So, what are you doing to break the mould and do something new?

Sometimes we have to smash the barriers that are holding us back. To get beyond your mental barriers you must stop saying things like, ‘That’s just the way I am,’ or, ‘My family never amounted to much, so I won’t either.’ That way, you’re contradicting God! God said, ‘I will pour my Spirit into your descendants and my blessing on your children’ (Isaiah 44:3 TM)

When God rescued Israel from Egypt and they headed for the Promised Land, a journey that should have taken 11 days took 40 years. They ended up circling the same mountain repeatedly because they’d been oppressed so long that mentally they couldn’t grasp what God had prepared for them. Finally He told them, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain…take possession of the land…the Lord swore he would give to your…descendants.’ If your history (or even your family’s) is one of failure and despair, rise up and say, ‘Enough’s enough! I’m going to trust God for bigger and better things!’ It’s in such moments that your destiny is shaped. Think: the decisions you make today will affect not only you but future generations – so make sure they’re the right ones!

‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.’ Deuteronomy 1:6 NIV

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