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Stuck on Start?

Sunday, September 16, 2012 • Earl and Wanda Boone • General
7 things to do when you are "Stuck on Start"

Stuck on Start?

First things first: You cannot go forward until you answer: What do I really want? Do I know what it takes to achieve what I want? How much time am I going to devote to becoming expert in what I want? How long am I willing to wait for what I want? Suppose no one ever knows that I achieved what I want? Let's explore together  

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Step 1 Define the root of your desire. Psalm 37:4 Amplified Bible Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.  Note: HE will GIVE you. The desire for your purpose comes from Him as you delight yourself in Him. Do not allow condemnation, guilt, previous mistakes or fear, confuse you here. If you need to make an adjustment in your relationship, be honest and simply refocus.

Step 2: Your Desire is His Desire Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
Note: No one can bring the pieces together like God can. It is His Desire after all. What we deem to be a false start goes something like this: Person "A" has the expertise that I need to accomplish my Desire. You approach them. Their response is, "Yes, of course I will help you!!!!!"...and you are still waiting...Who will bring it to pass? HE will.

Step 3: Be Convinced that nothing can quench your desire or give up on your dream...but you.
Romans 8:39 Message Translation: I'm absolutely convinced that nothing-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable-absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Step 4: Receive supernatural wisdom to understand the essence of your Desire and write it down. Example problem: There are too many young men that are disconnected from their future success. Wisdom: "What is your key Lord to unlock this problem". Your answer may be "boot camp" but is that what YOUR key is?
1 Corinthians 2: 10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny].

Step 5: Help for your Desire. As you enjoy the Word of God you discover that help, resources and encouragement at times came from those "outside the faith". Each encounter fit seamlessly into the plan of God. Religion says to resist, snub and disregard those that are not like you. Relationship with God leads us to examine with God, the potential of each encounter. Be careful about who you reject. Some of the greatest hurts and betrayals can come "from within". Colossians 1:20 ...Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe-people and things, animals and atoms-get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

Step 6: Hope for and in your Desire: Jeremiah 29:11 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. Did you catch the surprise word? Did you see the word that we often miss? Did you discover the key word for us? Take care of, not abandon, plans, give and future are all things that we fully expect of Him but "the future YOU hope for" is too marvelous for words. Now you see why the previous steps were so important. You cannot receive something that you yourself are not convinced of.

Step 7: Marathon Endurance for your Desire: This Step, the last described in this series is the hardest for most people. By faith and each day God by the Holy Spirit is enlarging our capacity. He is positioning us. He is elevating us. The truth that you may not have been told is that each new level of adjustment and growth comes with a new level of sacrifice. Invite the Holy Spirit into each moment of each day and suddenly you will find yourself "There", in the middle of His Desire. You will "awaken" to find that all (person, place or thing) that seemed to hold you back...couldn't!...didn't!

Romans 8:24 (Message Translation) We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

 

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