Growing Beyond


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Week #6 in our “Barriers to Going Beyond” Series
 
Don’t forget to pray about who God wants you to bring with you on Easter
 
All kinds of barriers can get in our way but when you decide that you’re going Beyond, things get exciting.
 
Barriers also hit harder:
  • Disappointment
  • Doubt
  • Adversity
  • Looking at the Other Side
 
Four ways to Grow Beyond
 
1. Grow Quickly
 
When you work out physically, it’s good to have someone there to encourage you and for you to compete with.
 
Competition can be a good place to start because it can push you to grow quickly.
 
As we grow, we start to become rigid and unresponsive.
 
But in Scripture, it talks about growing by taking risks to move ahead.
 
Hebrews 4:12“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
 
If we believe this, then we understand that God’s Word needs to be lived out in order to become living and active in our lives.
 
When we wait to address barriers in our life, the bigger the barriers get.
 
We need to address our barriers quickly.
 
Numbers 13:25-33“At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.” But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.””
 
God wants to send us into the Promised Land and we “need to take it now.”
 
What would’ve happened if you handled your barriers “now” instead of waiting?
 
2. Grow True
 
This reveals our motivation.
 
Do you want to grow for God’s glory or your own?
 
Growing true means that you’re unselfish because you’re growing the way God wants you to, even if it’s difficult and uncomfortable.
 
Put your best effort forth.
 

3. Grow Simply

 
Sometimes we try to do so much that we can’t do anything.
 
Pick one thing, transform it, overcome it and move on.
 
Focus on less things at once.
 
1 Samuel 17:1-50 – (Story of David and Goliath)
 
Busyness interferes in our relationship with God.
 
4. Grow Significantly
 
Some questions that help us grow significantly:
  • How much time do we spend on things that don’t matter?
  • Who are you spending your time with?
  • What Biblical principals should inform my decisions?
  • Is the pressure of time forcing me to make hasty decisions?
  • How should my past experiences form my decisions?
  • Have I honestly considered the warning signs?
  • What are the long term results?
  • What’s my contingency plan?
  • Could this decision hinder my integrity or my witness for the Lord?
  • What is the glory that God will get?