KEEP GROWING FORWARD

6/6/2021 PART 1:

I can’t tell you how many people say these similar words, “I thought my life would be so much more than it is today.” “How did I end up like this?” “I really don’t know how I get so lost.” “I have nothing to show for all of my life and living.” “I really didn’t accomplish much.”


So many people are like waking up and realizing where did their lives and time go. Wow, life just flew right past me and I am still in the lobby at the airport and I missed my plane again.


COVID-19 and lockdown gave a lot of people time to see themselves and to see things they just were not aware of.

People were speaking regret. People realized how many things they have taken for granted. For many people when the government said no church gatherings now many people wanted to go to church. People started to see where they have neglected their lives, families, children, dreams, God. Work, stay home, eat, sleep, go to work, stay home.


So many people say the same thing, “I am not happy with my life.”

All of these feelings show where we are at in life. Many of the feelings and negative emotions show we are doing life from your direction. I have found out that I can never create happiness, fulfillment, success from doing life where I rule.


1. STOP:

Isaiah 55:8-9 NCV. “The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”


A. Before you get to the DON’T STOP PLACE, YOU HAVE TO STOP AND SEE WHERE ARE YOU GOING? People go years doing life in the wrong direction, complaining, whining, even praying but without any changes. I think for many they feel it is easier to just accept your life the way it is and just make the best of it.


BUT IT IS NOT THE BEST LIFE. GOD WANTS YOU BLESSED. GOD WANTS YOU TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. GOD WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED. GOD WANTS YOU TO LIVE ON PURPOSE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.


GOD SAYS HIS WAYS, THOUGHTS ARE HIGHER THAN OURS. YOU HAVE TO WANT THE LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU. NOT THE LIFE YOU JUST PUT UP WITH.


If The life God wants and has for me is higher than me, then I will never reach it without some help. More than me and my willpower.

I need a ladder. To climb higher. To reach something that is not within my reach.


THE LADDER IS YOUR OBEDIENCE TO WHAT GOD SAYS TO DO TO GET TO HIS HIGHER LIFE FOR YOU. CHRISTIANS, CRY, PRY, ASK FOR PRAYER, WHINE, COMPLAIN, BUT UNTIL YOU OBEY AND DO YOUR LIFE LIKE HE SAYS YOU STAY IN YOUR WAYS, YOUR THOUGHTS.


GOD'S LIFE AND BEST IS AT THE TOP OF HIS MOUNTAIN. WE JUST KEEP WALKING AROUND AND AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN. WE LOOK AT THE TOP, POINT TO IT, BUT YOU WILL NEVER GET THERE TILL YOU DECIDE TO CLIMB, OBEY GOD.


REGRET, DISAPPOINTMENT, DISCOURAGED DISSATISFIED, DISSATISFACTION, ANGRY, BITTERNESS, JEALOUSY, ENVIOUS, ETC ARE THE FEELINGS AND NEGATIVE EMOTIONS THE WE FEEL WHEN WE ARE NOT USING THE LADDER TO REACH OUR GOD LIFE.

GOD LOVES YOU ENOUGH TO LEAVE YOU IN YOUR ME LIFE BUT YOU MUST OBEY HIS WORDS AND WAYS TO GET HIS LIFE FOR YOU.


Luke 11:28 NCV. “But Jesus said, “No, blessed are those who hear the teaching of God and obey it.”


2. DON’T STOP:

Once you decided that God's Life is the life you desire DON’T STOP OBEYING HIM, SEEKING HIS WAYS, HIS LIFE FOR YOU. YOU HAVE TO PROGRAM YOUR HOLY SPIRIT GPS FOR DESTINATION, “OBEY AND PLEASE GOD.”


When you choose this direction, it’s not easy. Family and friends will think you are crazy. Stop and look at the quality of life of those who are messing with you, or those who seek to please.

ARE THEY LIVING THE GOOD LIFE YOU DESIRE?


When your God GPS IS SET HE WILL TELL YOU, YOUR OFF COURSE. RE-ROUTING, RE-ROUTING.


Philippians 3:13 NCV. “Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead,”


DON’T STOP THIS ONE THING: Paul says ONE THING I DO. PAUL DID NOT SAY ONE THING I DID. HE SAYS THE ONE THING I DO. DO, WHEN YOU DO IT MEANS CONTINUING TO DO DAILY.


A. THE GOAL IS JESUS, HIS LIFE FOR ME.

B. DO ONE THING——DO

C. FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND


You have to do this daily, forever. Jesus and His life for me I must DO THIS ONE THING EVERY MOMENT OF MY LIFE. FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND.


WHERE IS YOUR PAST? IT IS BEHIND YOU. YOUR PAST IS NOT IN FRONT OF YOU. YOUR GOAL, JESUS, GOD LIFE IS YOUR GOAL IS IN FRONT OF YOU. YOUR PAST IS BEHIND YOU.


WHY DO WE STAY STUCK IN OUR PAST? WHY DO WE DRAG OUR PAST INTO OUR FUTURES? YOUR PAST HAS NO POWER OVER YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE IT BEHIND YOU. YOU MUST STOP GROWING FORWARD AND TURN BACKWARDS TO SEE AND HANG OUT WITH YOUR PAST.


QUOTE: MISERY LOVES COMPANY. THIS IS YOUR PAST.


D. STRAINING FOR WHAT IS AHEAD:


JESUS'S LIFE IS MY GOAL. DO THE ONE THING DAILY. FORGETTING THE PAST BEHIND ME.


FOR SOME YOUR PAST GOOD OF BEEN GREAT. STAY THERE STAY STUCK TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS. PAST IS PAST GOOD OR BAD.


STRAINING FOR WHAT IS AHEAD: VERY FEW PEOPLE WILL EVER GET TO THIS PLACE IN THEIR JOURNEY. WHY?


WHAT IS AHEAD IS UNKNOWN. THE UNKNOWN IS SCARY. GODS PEOPLE ISREAL CRIED FOR MANY YEARS BECAUSE THEY WERE IN BONDAGE TO THE EGYPTIANS. THE EGYPTIANS DID NOT ENSLAVE THEM. THE EGYPTIANS WERE AFRAID THE ISRAELITES WOULD REALIZE WHOLE BIG AND POWERFUL THEY WERE AND ENSLAVE THE EGYPTIANS. THEY DID NOT BECAUSE THEY CHOSE FEAR AND SECURITY EVEN WITH SLAVERY. THE WEAKER AND SMALLER NATION BECAME THE POWERFUL BECAUSE THEY CHOSE FEAR, SECURITY INSTEAD OF BELIEVE AND TRUST GOD.


MOSES LEADS THEM TO FREEDOM. EVERY PROBLEM, EVERY OBSTACLE, EVERY TRIAL CAUSED THEM TO WANT TO GO BACK TO SLAVERY. SLAVERY THEY WERE MENTALLY CONDITIONED FOR. FREEDOM WAS UNKNOWN TO THEM.


FREEDOM WAS UNCOMFORTABLE, AND UNKNOWN TO THEM.


Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Anonymous


“When was the last time you did something for the first

time.” Anonymous


“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.” Anonymous


“Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.” Anonymous

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” Anonymous


“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” Anonymous


Straining, reaching, press on to are the words to describe our actions and effort to get what is ahead of us. There is no staring, reaching, or pressing on to your past. This is what people do to get WHAT GOD HAS FOR THEM. IT IS UNKNOWN. IT IS SCARY. THIS IS WHY TO REACH WHAT IS AHEAD OF YOU, YOU MUST DO LIFE IN FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD. FAITH AND TRUST THAT WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN WHAT IS BEHIND YOU.


IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE, PLAY IT SAFE, GOOD WITH STUCK YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IN GOD.


Philippians 3:14 NCV. “I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.”


A. I KEEP TRYING. FALL GET BACK UP. REMEMBER THE GOAL. GOD LIFE

B. GET THE PRIZE.

C. TO THE LIFE ABOVE. REMEMBER THE LADDER


3. GROW FORWARD:


Luke 9:62AMP. “But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things left behind]”

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