Breaking the Limit


I what to talk with you today about breaking the limit.

2Kings 7: 3 …Why sit we here until we die?

These unfortunate lepers were left with three options.   (1) Go back (2) Stay stuck or (3) Move out.

Collectively and personally.     Do you plan on staying where you are or are you determined to GO to the place God has prepared for you?

The trouble is most of us have become comfortable and complacent.  We have all our ducks in a row.  Life has become an interstate highway and we are running on cruise control.   Most of what we do is cookie cutter stuff.

It is time for a game changer.   CHANGE.  Not the same.  Not like it used to be.  Not like it is.  But like it is GOING TO BE.  It’s time to break the Limit.

Actually, Life has no limits.  Any legitimate Gospel ministry has no limits.  Opportunity does not have an expiration date.    Every door is open and every light is green.  The time is right and God is waiting on you to seize the moment.

The time to break the Limit is NOW.  Bust out of the status quo.  Get out of your box.  Surge off the page.  Rise to a new level.  Go where you have not gone.  Be who you have never been.  IT’S TIME.

NOW is the accepted time.

Did you know it is never the “right time” as far as the devil is concerned?

If you are only focused staying where you are, you will miss all the excitement of living life with the volume turned wide open.    God designed life and ministry to be exciting.  He is not the Author of dull.  “I’m waiting on God” is nothing more than an excuse for staying stuck where you are.

Here’s how to have an exciting life, here’s how to squeeze the best out of your life:

  • Dream impossible dreams
  • Stay up a creek in a leaking boat without a paddle
  • Climb out on a limb so far you can’t see the tree
  • Stay at the end of you rope and hang on for dear life
  • Live between a rock and a hard place
  • Bust the lid off and break out of your box
  • Be radical for God
  • Stay on the very edge of total disaster
  • Refuse to go with the flow (lest you end up in the septic tank)
  • Resist the temptation to be normal
  • Never give up and never quit never back down
  • Shout.  Dance.  Run.  Yell and scream at the devil.

Where does that put us? We are either sitting at the gate waiting to die (remember the lepers?) or we are up invading the enemies camp and taking back what the devil has stolen.  We are settled in and hunkered down in the doldrums and dullness of a mundane life or we are on the prowl for better stuff.  We are either at rest or on the attack.  We are stuck or we are moving with God.

Here are some things to consider when you want to break the Limit:

Want to…

What is your passion?  What drives you?  What is your dream? Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to be?

Are you tired of the same old same old?    How desperate are you for a change of direction in your life and ministry?   Are you going to be sedate and satisfied with your do-nothing, go-nowhere, same-old-stuff life?  Are you going to fold up and be content to live in your comfort zone?  Are you going to stay locked in, fenced in, shut up, stuck and limited the rest of your life?

God has a bright and exciting future for every one of us.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (The Message)  Jer 29:11 

That’s what God has planned it for us.

Now… What kind of future are you hoping for?  Surely you must have a dream… a goal… a purpose.

Want to, then 

Decide to…  (Every action begins with a decision)

You have already made hundreds of decisions today.  You make them all the time.  You made some today.  You will make some in this meeting.

When the devil begins to lie to me and tell me what I can’t do and where I can’t go and how it’s impossible for me…. I determine to do something RADICAL…   So, when the devil faced off with me and challenged me a while back:

I hopped on my Harley and rode all the way to Key West Florida with my little dog in the passenger seat.   After an exciting, exhilarating 2000-mile road trip came back home.

I go out and hop in my open-cockpit experimental airplane (with no parachute) and soar among the clouds, reach out and touch the Face of God and experience deep worship at 3000 feet as I behold the awesome beauty and expanse of His Creation.

Every day I refuse to act like an old man.

I won’t Talk like an old man

Act  like an old man

Dress like an old man

Do  what old men do

Go  where old men go

Walk  like old men walk

Expect what old men expect

Believe  what old men believe

Why?

There are places to go

Things to do

Messages to be preached

Books to be written

Nations to be changed

A church to be revived

Standards to be set

A God to be honored

A Nation to be awakened

A Calling to be completed

I’m all in… ready to go…  locked and loaded… How about you?

he quality of the life you are living right now is the result of decisions you have made in the past.  Your decisions have defined your life and your ministry.    Where you are going in the future will be determined by decisions you will make today in this service.

Right now you have a challenge facing you.  You have a decision to make.  And you will make it one way or the other.  You can decide to stay like you are and where you are or you can decide to kick it up a notch, pick up your stuff and forge ahead.

Breaking the Limits comes out of a personal decision you and you alone can and will make.    And not deciding is really deciding.  No decision is really a decision.   No response is a response.

Decide to, then

Do it…

When you really want to, and then when you decide to, the only thing left is to just do it.  It will never happen unless you start.  And if you wait until you “have what you need” to start you will stay stuck where you are.

God is a NOW God.  The Word is a NOW Word.  The moment is a NOW moment.  Today is NOW.  The time is NOW.  This meeting is a NOW meeting.

2Co 6:2 ….The day you needed me, I was there to help. Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.  (The Message)

The devil is the great delayer.  he wants you to stay right where you are and do nothing.  He wants you to “think about it.”  he wants you to just pray about it.  he will tell you that today is not the right time nor is it the best time.  Just wait.

You may ask, “How do I know that NOW is the time and that TODAY is the day for me to do it?”

You know it’s the right time when you “feel it.”     I know you feel it because I feel it too.  TODAY.  NOW.  THIS SERVICE.  It’s time.

Have you considered the scope of the opportunities that are surrounding us?  But you say…” I’m in a no-where town on the side of the no where road in Alabama…”   Remember what they said about Nazareth?  “No good thing can ever come out of this god-forsaken place….”  And then: From the impossibility of a “no-where” place, steps forth: The Son of the Most High God…

Just do it, then

Trust GOD

God will see you through to your destination.

God has been my encouragement and my support and my strength for nearly 60 years of ministry.  When Pat and I did not know what to do or where to go or how to minister, God always had the answer for us.

  • God took us safely and successfully through the Charismatic Renewal.
  • God delivered us from demonic attacks
  • God took us into new depths of understanding and revelation
  • God showed us Who He is, what kind of God He is and What His Will for us is.
  • God revealed the immeasurable scope of the Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ

God taught us Who the Holy Spirit is and How to be Baptized in His fullness

  • God opened the door to the Supernatural Miracle-working power of the Word
  • God protected us and led us safely through every attack throughout our life-long ministry
  • God fed us and matured us and inspired us and sent us
  • God is working right now as I preach, touching the core of your soul and calling you into a New Place.

And God will sustain you in your decision to move out and move on.   What do you need to get started?   Only God.   He is enough and will be more than enough.

Trust God, then

Never Quit

  • In 1968 when I received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and spoke in Tongues, two thirds of our Southern Baptist church left.
  • We were kicked out of our denomination, lost our Baptist credentials, and thrown under the bus.
  • Over the years, we got ripped off, robbed and taken advantage of by crooked contactors.
  • We were robbed by criminally convicted bankers.

We were threatened with foreclosure by those we were in debt to.  But we did not quit.

  • We got half through building Faith Academy and ran out of money. But we did not quit.
  • We faced imminent financial failure with a 4.5 million dollar debt we could not pay. But we did not quit.
  • And a few years ago, I signed the check, paid the last mortgage payment and made Life Church debt-free.

If there is any lesson I have learned and learned well, it is the fact that we never quit.

Now, just where does this leave us right now?

What are you going to do?  Go Back? Stay stuck? Move out?

What is God speaking to you right now?

My plea to you is do not wait too long.  Do not hold on to where you are too long.  The opportunity is NOW.  The time for you to let go and move into the miraculous plan God has for you is NOW.

  • Step out and give your heart to Jesus…
  • Be courageous and surrender everything to God… and receive His Anointing on your Life
  • Do that thing that God has challenged you to do…. and find peace and security and rest
  • Get involved. Get up and quit being a spectator… and become a game player

Let’s do this and Do it… NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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