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What Is Limiting Us Today?

Matthew 14:17

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

Life ChangeWhat is limiting us today? What is keeping us from achieving our dreams and aspirations? What is it that is standing in our way? As we reach for the stars – what keeps us grounded rather than allowing us to fly? A favorite saying of mine goes like this – if we aim at nothing – we are bound to hit it.

What is limiting us today? What is keeping us from achieving our dreams and aspirations? What is it that is standing in our way? As I near retirement age (I just turned 64) – I keep telling my wife – my life-partner – I won’t retire until I know what I’m retiring to. I don’t want to retire from active full-time ministry until I know what God has for me in the next chapter of life. I have some dreams and aspirations – and I’m waiting to see what God has in store for me.

What is limiting us today? What is keeping us from achieving our dreams and aspirations? What is it that is standing in our way? How many new year’s resolutions have we made over the years? We’re into the 3rd month of 2019. Are we still holding to our resolutions for 2019? If not – what has limited us? What has blocked us from achieving the things we imagined for this year?

What is limiting us today? What is keeping us from achieving our dreams and aspirations? What is it that is standing in our way? The disciples were limited by what they saw before them. Once it was a storm – they woke Jesus to calm. Once it was folks who were demon possessed and they couldn’t cast them out. In today’s passage it was feeding 5,000 men – not counting the women and children – with five loaves and two fish.

What is limiting us today? What is keeping us from achieving our dreams and aspirations? What is it that is standing in our way? Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 14:13–21 – 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

What is limiting us today? What is keeping us from achieving our dreams and aspirations? What is it that is standing in our way? If our troubles seem too large to overcome – remember we serve a God who is large and in charge. We serve a God who can accomplish things thought impossible. I remember a song from my childhood that went something like this: Got any rivers you think are uncrossable – got any mountains you can’t tunnel thru – God specializes in things thought impossible – and He can do what no other one can do. If we keep our eyes on Jesus – we can – like Peter – even walk on water. If we look at the wind – the storm – we will fail and falter. The only thing that limits us – most often – is our failure to step out in faith when we feel God is leading! As Lent begins today – let nothing keep us from soaring with God in what God has in store for us – individually and collectively. He who multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed 5,000 men – not counting the women and children – can multiple our available resources to accomplish God’s work in us – thru us – and in spite of us!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Pray now for healing and the path forward. Pray for the church and the days to come.

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March 6, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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