Beyond the Barrier


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Week #7 of our “Barriers to Going Beyond” Series
 
Beyond the Barrier
 
Barriers continually pop up again and again, but we need to get beyond those barriers.
 
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
 
When we get beyond our barriers, we’re free to follow God’s will for our lives.
 
Romans 7:15-20 – “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”
 
Paul wanted to get beyond his barriers, but he struggled getting beyond them just like we do.
 
How many people remain lost because we’re not overcoming those barriers in our lives?
 
It’s comfortable living behind our barriers because we know how to handle things but if we go beyond those barriers it becomes uncomfortable because it’s the “unknown.”
 
Hebrews 5:11-14 – “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
 
Just because you “show up” doesn’t mean you’re learning, training and maturing.
 
What gets in the way of you going beyond your barriers?
 
How much do we desire to live on the other side of our barriers?
 
You have to desire to grow and mature and move past your barrier.
 
  1. In front of the barrier
 
When you find yourself in front of the barrier you have difficulty overcoming it.
 
Sometimes we don’t allow Jesus to change us so that we can move past that barrier.
 
It’s not our environment that is the problem, it’s our desire to grow towards maturity in Christ.
 
2 Timothy 3:1-5 – “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
 
We need to be a light into the darkness, but God wants us to avoid other people’s bad influences so we don’t end up like them.
 
  1. On the other side of the barrier
 
People stay behind their barrier because it’s comfortable and free of resistance.
 
You will encounter resistance moving beyond your barrier.
Once you break through, the other “unknown” side tends to not be so bad!
 
Satan wants to make you feel comfortable so that you stay where you’re at.
 
Philippians 3:1-11 – “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
 
Paul recognized God’s pursuit of him and God’s peace in him.