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7 Things You Must Do To Make Irreversible Movement Forward (Part 1)

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In life one can move backward. Even though you fix your gaze on yesterday, you can never live in the past again. Even though you’re captured by the events of the past, that is already gone.

Here are some types of backward movements:
Wandering – this is not going in circles but moving everywhere. You have movement with no sense of direction – not moving forward.
Stagnation – this is mark timing. You still wake up when other people wake up but there’s no progress forward.
Movement in cycles/circles – this is moving around what is familiar. Here, the devil sets you in patterns that you can’t break out from.

Important to note also is that there are people who make movement forward that is reversible. This movement forward is when you use your own effort or smarts without God.

God wants us to progress forward, irreversibly.
What can you do to have this irreversible progress?

#1. Put God first before your own goals. Anything you do without God will fall apart! Man makes plans but it is God’s purpose that stands. (Proverbs 19:21)

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:1-2KJV

In all your plans you must talk to God first. You must involve God in your plans for the New Year. You must write down your plans and lay them before God for correction. It is better to see red ink on your paper today than to be humiliated later.

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:5-7KJV

#2. You must have a clear mental picture of where you’re going. You must have an aim otherwise you’ll be aimlessly wondering. When you’re taking a road trip, turning on the GPS and entering the relevant details will show you the road to your destination. Your imagination is your God-given ability to focus on a goal and draw out a picture. 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish… – Proverbs 29: 18aKJV. We must live a victorious life here on earth. God told Abraham that he’ll be a father of many nations…like the stars. (Genesis 15:5). That is a mental picture!

You must have a prophetic vision bound in God because your vision is as closest as you can get to your future before you actually get there.

…Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. – Habakkuk 2:2-3KJV

Visions are for the future. If you see more then you need to write more, revise it and enlarge it. Write it down!

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. – Daniel 7:1KJV

#3. Schedule your purpose. Have dates and time frames for which you should accomplish them. Schedule your dream and it will become a goal.

We continue with this message here. Meanwhile remember to put God first in all you do.

You are blessed!
 

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7 Things You Must Do To Make Irreversible Movement Forward (Part 2)

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As promised, here is the other part of the previous message.

If you are to make irreversible progress forward…

#4. Forget what is in the past. Listen to the Word of God and bring it to the speed of life. If you have failed before, you should be able to rise again. If you started a business that failed, you just need to learn more about such a business and see what you missed. If the business did not take off as you thought it would, you need to apply yourself more to make it work. Sharpen your skills.

Instead of memorials of the past have pictures of the future. This what what the Apostle Paul says:

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12-14 NIV

In Philippians 4:8 is a layout of the only things that qualify for space in your mind. If it is not in verse 8 then it needs to be disqualified. You must move over dramatically into the new year! Remember God takes note of new years and gives instructions for it. (See Numbers 33:3)

#5. Strive towards your goals and go to work. Work is boring – it is not as exciting as planning, but a plan soon becomes work. It’s boring but rewarding.

#6. Have a goal for every area of your life; not just money, work or school. Remember family too. State your role and have goals for each.
We are told about preparation and planning in Proverbs 24:27 while Ecclesiastes chapter 3 reminds us that there is a time for everything. Therefore as you lay your plans you are supposed to ensure balance. You cannot move forward in one area of your life and be losing in another. Balance!

#7. Teach yourself to be grateful in everything.

Philippians 4:6NIV says, 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

When I was in school and we had athletics, the runners that were being groomed for competition would be given glucose to energize them in the races – I wasn’t one of them. So having gratitude is like glucose that energizes a runner; it energizes you for life. Important to note is this: Thanksgiving sometimes is a sacrifice.

In their journey, the Israelites reached Marah where there was bitter water but in Elim just five miles further, they came to 12 fountains of water. This is a refreshing point; like a gas station. When you have been traveling for a while you stop over at a gas station to refuel and refresh then you can proceed with your journey. It is vital to remember that Elim is not your destination. (Read Numbers 33:1-9)

We are entering a new year and every new year is like a starting point. What is true for Breakthrough Community Church as the corporate church should be true for you too! As BCC enjoys God’s favor, may that favor rest on you too!

I will stop there with this: Whatever you commit to will yield results for you. What are you committing to in 2014?

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Gaining And Maintaining Momentum (Part 1)

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What is momentum? Why do I need momentum? How do I get it?
God is good and I’m back with a new message – Gaining and Maintaining Momentum. I will hang it on three pegs:
1. What is momentum?
2. Why do I need momentum?
3. How do I get momentum?

Momentum is the power of the Holy Spirit working within a believer.
It is a measure of the quality a moving object has. It is the quality that makes you fear a heavy moving object.

A train moving at 65mph can go through a 5 foot thick wall because it has momentum.

Momentum is that force in a believer that keeps them going. It keeps them excited about life.

Think about it this way: That excitement you see starting to build when a weak team scores, is momentum.

6 Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’
10 “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. – Joshua 14:6-11 NIV

Caleb possessed spiritual momentum and was able to do what he was doing forty years ago at the age of 85! When you have momentum, you’re not stopped by small things. The problem is not the problem but lack of momentum.

Had the Children of Israel looked at their slavery situation, momentum would have ceased in their life. They came to Egypt only seventy but when they were delivered from bondage, they were over 1.5million!

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. – Exodus 1:1-7 NIV

When a believer has momentum – the power of God, the blessing of God so multiplies in their life that the enemy will not be able to keep up!

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” – Exodus 1:19 NIV

Acts 4:1-4 shows us the momentum of the early church while Acts 4:16-18 shows us a bid to crash that momentum but when you have momentum, you cannot be deterred. (Acts 4:19-20)

Next time, we shall look at: Momentum – Its importance and how to get it.

Until then, Go Hard After God!

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Gaining And Maintaining Momentum (Part 2)

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We are back again in our discussion of this message. In Part 1, we did an introduction and today is a good day to make some irreversible movement forward.

Why Is Momentum Important?
1. Without momentum you will not be able to finish well.

8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. – Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV

However the scoreboard looks today, Jesus has already told us we win in the end.

2. To be continuously productive you need momentum.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2Peter 1:5-8 NIV

3. To be able to accomplish your mission on the earth. To accomplish your dreams and visions you need momentum.
Demas lost momentum and deserted his ministry.

9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. – 2 Timothy 4:9 NIV

How do I get momentum?
Exodus 3:1-14 tells us the story of Moses and how he was called by God. God had the ability to start a fire right where Moses was but He chose a little distance farther. So, Moses had to decide to leave what he was doing to go and see the strange sight. God put momentum in Moses.

To get momentum we must look at what causes it and I have 3 major points listed. I will use terms that are more familiar in this age.

1. Facetime
Real fellowship, communion and interaction with God give you momentum. Prayer creates great momentum. It is like the oil that runs the engine.

2. Update
When God turns Moses’ rod into a snake and back, his hand leprous and back – Moses leaves that mountain completely updated. You must update your spiritual life. A stationary object has no momentum until a new force is applied. Update is similar to conversion.

3. Connect
Your connection with great people will create new momentum in your life. Moses on the run ended up in Jethro’s house. Jethro was a priest. Because of Jethro, Moses got a great wife; he was prepared for shepherding God’s people and was encouraged to pursue God’s call for him. Even when Moses was burning out in ministry, Jethro came and advised him. It is important to connect with great people.

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

Read also Proverbs 12:26, Proverbs 13:20, and Proverbs 27:17

While you are connecting, there are certain kinds of people to avoid and those to embrace.

Avoid these people
• Unreliable people
Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 18:24 and Proverbs 27:10
• Gossips
Proverbs 16:28 and Proverbs 17:9
• Angry people
Proverbs 22:24,25
• Mockers
Psalm 1:1-3

Embrace these people
• Wise people
Intelligence is not wisdom. I’m not talking about people with great IQs, find people who know answers to practical questions that you have in life.
Proverbs 13:20
• Those who fear the Lord
Proverbs 119:63
• Spiritual encouragers
Hebrews 3:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Finally, I urge you to set up emergency measures in place to drop some friends if they’re not going your way.

Until next time, Go Hard After God!

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Going Hard After God

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The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. – Exodus 12:1-2NIV

The New Year is here! It is always important to note the beginning because God will always give instructions which must be followed to make that period significant.

God is keen when a new year begins because He has given you a reset button to start afresh.

7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. – Exodus 12:7NIV

Do you have the blood of the Lamb? Begin the year with redemption on your mind. Renew your covenant with God. Reconnect to God.  crossing over into the new year is re-dedication time. It is a time to ask for forgiveness.

Although we ask for forgiveness, many of us do not forgive ourselves. we dwell on some former things which should be left alone. forget the things of the past and move forward. Leave the things of the past!

Although you have accomplished many things in the past, do not dwell there.

“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance. – 

Exodus 12:14NIV

Celebrate this new year with new hopes and a lot of faith in the heart. I declare to you that 2014 will be a different year!

God has spoken concerning 2014 and I bring you His command:

2014 is the year a command has been issued to Go Hard After God and He will manifest in ways that we have not known before!
Pursue after God everywhere and things will pursue after you!
As you pursue after God, doors will open to you of their own accord!
Use the gifts and talents that God has given you to serve Him and you will see favor like never before!
You are blessed and highly favored in 2014 as you Go Hard After God!

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