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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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