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THE
vercoming
The ‘I-Knew-You-When’ Crew!
SERIES
‘ONLY IN HIS HOMETOWN AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE IS A
PROPHET WITHOUT HONOUR.’ MATTHEW 13:57.
Realise that some of the people who knew you ‘way back when’, don’t know you
now. They’ve pigeon-holed you and they won’t be happy when you move out of that
pigeonhole.
Listen: ‘Coming to His hometown, He began teaching…and they were amazed…
Lord I press on ”Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?”…they took offence at Him…He did not do many
toward the mark of miracles there, because of their lack of faith’ (Matthew 13:54-58 NIV). So what
the high calling of
did Jesus do? He left! What else could He do? If you allow them, the ‘I-knew-you-
God in my life. I put
when’ crew will keep you stuck at a stage in your life that’s past and gone. You’ve
You fi rst Lord,
got to move beyond the good old days! If you allow people to keep taking you down
thanking You for
memory lane, you’ll eventually set up house, stay longer than you should and miss
all the experiences
your destiny. Don’t stay where you’re tolerated; go where you’re appreciated!
in life you have
Before David slew Goliath, he had to stand up to his oldest brother, Eliab, one of
brought me
Saul’s generals. David’s boldness magnifi ed his brother’s cowardice. Had David
through. Help me
given in, he’d never have slain the giant and gone on to become king. It’s a gift
to continue to
to have people in your life who know where you’ve been, and can relate to where
change for the rest
of my life, so I can
you’re going. But if you have to choose between ‘then’ and ‘now’, sacrifi ce ‘then’,
be an example
for it can’t be rewritten, only replayed over and over again. Stop rehearsing your
of someone
beginnings and write the rest of your story! The future is yours, grab it while you
who served
can!
well, through
the decades of a
Change Is An Uphill Climb
changing world.
Amen.
‘I PRESS TOWARD THE GOAL FOR THE PRIZE OF THE UPWARD CALL
OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS’ PHILIPPIANS 3:14.
Near the top of Mount Everest is a memorial which reads: ‘He died climbing.’ What
a way to be remembered! In an old Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown says to Linus:
‘What would you do if you felt that no one liked you?’ Linus replies, ‘I’d see what I
You say
could do to improve.’ To which Charlie Brown replies, ‘I hate that answer!’
There are a number of reasons why many of us, like Charlie Brown, hate that
you’re answer and want to freeze life where it’s at.
growing.
1) When it took everything we had to get to where we are now, ‘Let’s go’ is not what
we especially want to hear.
But - how?
2) We’re creatures of habit. We form our habits, then our habits form us.
3) Change makes us feel insecure. We fear that maybe we don’t have what it takes.
Solomon writes, ‘The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and
more unto the perfect day’ (Proverbs 4:18). In Teaching To Change Lives, Howard
Hendrix asks every potential leader these searching questions: ‘How have you
changed lately? In the last week, let’s say? Or the last month? Can you be very
specifi c? Or must your answer always be incredibly vague? You say you’re growing.
But - how? ‘Well,’ you say, ‘In all kinds of ways.’ Great; name one! You see, effective
teaching comes only through a changed person. When you stop changing, you stop
leading.’ Today, ask God to show you the areas in which you need to change.
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