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Thursday, July 15, 2010

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It's hard to believe there was a time when you had to be carried by someone in order to get anywhere, right? You know, there was a time when it was a major, major breakthrough for you to finally figure out how to move yourself places. Not too long ago, I had a chance to see our six-month-old granddaughter in that milestone struggle to figure out how to crawl. We stopped the presses not long ago because she had learned to sit up by herself. Now, that's a good start. I had been sitting on the living room carpet with her (I recently learned to sit up by myself, as well). I lay down a few feet from her, I held a favorite toy on the rug in front of me, and I started drumming my fingers rhythmically on the carpet. She was definitely intrigued. And you could tell she really wanted to get to my fingers and to that toy. She finally figured out there was no easy way to get what she wanted. She managed to fall forward from her sitting position, get up on all fours, and then rock back and forth in neutral. She reached my direction with one hand, risking her delicate balance. She didn't quite make it, but I knew she would soon. Because I knew that she would eventually do whatever she had to do to get where she wanted to be.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "When the Goal is Beyond Your Reach."

Sometimes you have to do things you've never done to reach what you've never had before, if you're a baby...or if you're a child of God. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always have what you've always had. And that's all. And much of what you need in your life, much of what you're restless for, and much of what God wants to give you is beyond your reach. As long as you stay in your comfort zone, it always will be.

Peter learned a lot about the life-stretching ways of Jesus one day on the lake called the Sea of Galilee. It's in Luke 5 , beginning with verse 5, and it's our word for today from the Word of God. Peter, the veteran fisherman, had nothing to show for a whole night of fishing. Then, in the middle of the day (when fish are hard to find), Jesus tells him to put out into the deep water and let down the nets that Peter has just finished cleaning. Well, the Bible says, "Simon answered, 'Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.'" They caught so many fish it almost sank their boats!

Jesus was beckoning Peter to do something he had never done so he could experience something he had never experienced, just like I was doing with my little granddaughter. And that day Peter decided to take an even riskier step. He left the only life he knew, as a fisherman, and chose to follow Jesus wherever He took him, which was to give to his life a spiritual significance he could have never imagined. But he had to move beyond what was safe, and so do you.

God's been trying to get you to make that move. Maybe that's why that door closed, that chapter ended, why those plans changed, or why you've "worked hard all night and caught nothing." He's not trying to frustrate you. He's trying to move you to something bigger...something better. Jesus wants to take you to another level. But you'll never get there if you just keep sitting where it's safe, settling only for what you can be sure of. Remember what faith is: "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

You'll never grow, you'll never see what you could be if you stay there where you've always been. Your Father is beckoning to you, inviting you to make a move in the direction of something greater. Don't just sit there!



+2 By CHARLES G TAYLOR on July 15, 2010 at 4:33 am
I've always been a dreamer,about a better job or a business that I can support my family.Recently a opportunity for a business was presented to me,I prayed about it over and over.I decided this was not Gods will for me at this time.I hope I'm not over looking Gods opportunities that he presents me, Its difficult to decipher what his plans are for me.
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0 By Leticia Nunez on July 15, 2010 at 8:17 am
You have to listen to your heart, where God speaks to you. If it doesn't feel like the right opportunity, He definitely lets you know. Have patience, something I'm learning to do myself, and things will start to fall in place. God bless!
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+1 By Leticia Nunez on July 15, 2010 at 7:49 am
This message was so perfect for me hear this morning. When I was layed off last year from the job I had at the hospital, it left me devasted. In my heart, I knew that I needed to pursue a career and gain skills if I wanted to see myself in a better job position. Now I realize that God has a better plan and helps you work towards your goals by opening doors that you never really considered going through.
I thank Him, our Father for his grace and love.
He's got me on a better path!!!
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0 By EVETTE BIERMAN on July 15, 2010 at 7:54 am
It is so hard, and the devil is always putting those doubts in our mind and telling us we can't do it. Keep the faith!
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0 By Leticia Nunez on July 15, 2010 at 8:12 am
Thank you Evette! The devil does work hard to put doubt in our hearts and minds, but we've got to stand strong and faithful. Since I've enrolled in school (online) I feel at my age, God is taking me places I never considered on my own. We're nothing without Him. I appreciate your words of encouragement and God bless you in everything in your life.
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0 By Harold Harmon on July 15, 2010 at 8:15 am
Having been laid off over a year ago, I couldn't understand why God had closed that door. Struggling through trying to find a job in my chosen 'career' it seemed to be one closed door after another. I know that God has something for me, and like Evette said, I must resist the devil and keep the faith.
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0 By Leticia Nunez on July 15, 2010 at 8:27 am
Hi Harold,

I sincerely understand your feeling because it's been a year since I've been unemployed. Don't despair, but do keep your eyes on the blessings that Our Lord and Savior has in store for your life. I had to learn to be forgiving of others by putting the blame on those who I thought were responsible for my situation. He just works through other people so that you'll be better prepared for the doors to open and receive the blessings. Keep love in your heart and thank Him!
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0 By Scott Williams on July 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm
This is a very good reminder to all of us who are seeking God's best and honoring Him with our life. I hope all of us will look for opportunities to make a difference with our lives to seek the Lord and let His life show through us. There is a quote "We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." I think the question we must all ask is:Is my primary focus in life all about me (get)? Or am I living my life to make a difference for someone else (give)?
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0 By Leticia Nunez on July 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Being kind and giving is the most rewarding feeling that elevates my spirits. So thank you for making an excellent point of being reminded.
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0 By Lakeisha Wallace on August 30, 2010 at 9:38 am
This was truly an on time word for me. I have been struggling with this and I think that the chance for a change is right around the corner for me... I now feel more sure that I can make the change for my better good.
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