P.U.S.H PART 1
Ephesians 5: “Wake up, sleeper, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
P.U.S.H means persevere until something happens.
It was much easier for the children of Israel to dream about the promised land than it was when they got to the border.
Dreams always look better the further they are away.
6 out of 10 fish get away. Why ?
How to push. How to win. How to birth it.
Luke 5:17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried (notice they tried) to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in yourhearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
1. Realize that there are always obstacles between you and your answer.
b) Physical barriers
c) Spiritual Barriers
NB: The first thing Jesus does is forgive his sins. Why? Because everyday of his life, he had been taught that he was lame because God was punishing him. Shame is the greatest inhibitor of faith. It makes us believe that God isn’t for us when he is.
2. Never accept No for an answer
No is just another word for think more creatively.
We are always 5 mins from a genius idea.
3. Understand that JESUS must be the center of your pursuit.
Jesus was the center of their whole pursuit.
If Jesus is not the center of your goals, then you may get what you want but you won’t get the healing or forgiveness you also need.
God doesn’t want you to get to the top only to lose your family or succeed but lose Jesus in the process.
4. Overcome your self consciousness.
These guys were about to drop right into the middle of Jesus meeting. They were about to interrupt an important service and wreck the house.
5. Do it for others.
Make your goal the helping of others. Pushing is at its purest when it's for others. A mothers motivation comes from knowing this is for the baby.
6. Be prepared for more than you bargained for.
There is more reward at the end of your journey than you could have ever dreamed.
You may think it’s about getting your marriage back. You may think it’s about being healed. You may think it’s about money to meet your needs.
It’s about your growth. It’s about your destiny, it’s about a life built to last. It’s about more than your mind and heart could imagine.
- He was forgiven by God in front of everyone.
- He broke through in front of his enemies. He silenced his critics
- He broke the rejection in his life.
- He broke the shame in his life.
- He broke the pain in his life
- He broke the fear in his life
- He opened a new world of freedom to himself.
- He created for himself more opportunities to enjoy life
- He learnt that taking risks brings results
- He learnt that being creative overcomes every obstacle.
- He learnt to trust in Jesus more than he had ever done in his life
- He learnt to believe in God more than he had ever done
- The carried, became a carrier.
- The crippled man was now free.
Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.
Do not get weary in doing good, because you will reap if you do not faint.
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Heb 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
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