Do Not Settle

Do Not Settle

February 1, 2015 – Pastor Tim – “Do Not Settle”

Ephesians 4:27 …nor give place to the devil. 

It is not enough to reject the enemy’s plan.  We must nurture the Word of the Lord.

Malachi 3:16, Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord, And who meditate on His name.

Psalms 1:2, But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

We need to draw near to the promises of God and to the vision for our future and cherish God’s plan for us.

Jeremiah 29:11-14a, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity;

It is a natural law that anything not fed will die.  Whatever we cherish is what is growing in our lives.  So as a caution, we must be sure that we cherish and nurture what we want to grow in our lives.  In the same way, we must starve the things in our life we want to die.

James 4:7, Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Today, you may feel like life is passing you by. However what you really need is a burning desire for the future.

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV), Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The kind of desire that overcomes past fears and inhibitions is a faith and hope in the plans of God.

3 John 2, …pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

As we build our minds in the Word of the Lord we will prosper. Until we decide: Enough is enough! We will remained chained to our past and all the secrets it holds.

Philippians 3:13-14, Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,  14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. When our desire for the future peaks, we can break out of prison. 

I challenge each of us to sit down and write 30 things we would like to do in our lives and scratch them off, one by one, as we accomplish them. (If 30 is too many start with 5 or 10 and then make a new list.)

There is no way we can plan for our future and dwell in the past at the same time.

Acts 16:25-26, But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

It is time for an earthquake to come to our prisons!  It is midnight—the turning point of days!  It is our time for a change.  Praise God and escape out of the dungeons of our past.


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