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Unleashed…Burn It!

 

 We recently started a new sermon series here at Trinity called “Unleash.” Webster defines it like this: to allow or cause something very powerful to happen suddenly.

I love that definition. I believe that God desires to unleash his blessing and favor over your life in this New Year.

Equally true, I believe there is no better time than now for you to unleash your dreams, goals and hopes. An unleashing principle that we studied from the life of Elisha is a willingness to “burn the plow” in order to move to a new place in God. The story is found in 1 Kings 19:21 after Elijah the prophet called Elisha to be his successor.

Elisha took the oxen he was plowing with and made an altar upon which he sacrificed it. This act was symbolic of Elisha dying to the old life in recognition of the new life that he was entering into.

It reminds me of an incident that occurred back in 1519. The Spanish Conquistador, Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico on the shores of the Yucatan. He had only one objective: seize the great treasures known to be there, hoarded by the Aztecs.

Cortez was going to win in this endeavor or die trying. There was no turning back. When they landed, he gave the order to his men, “burn the ships.” Total abandonment to one objective and mission is a powerful and attractive concept. When we commit our life to Christ, we burn the ship back to the old life. When someone gets married, they burn the ship back to the single life.

Some of you who are reading this blog may need to burn the past; the good, bad and ugly past. For many people, the past is like an anchor that holds them back. The past cannot be altered. What’s done is done. There is no going back, but your future is a different story. Your future has yet to be determined by the choices you make and the actions you take.

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,
but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and
looking forward to what lies ahead, Phil. 3:13 (NLT)

My challenge to you today is to BURN THE SHIP AND COMPLETE THE MISSION!
CARPE DIEM!

To hear Pastor Carl’s entire message, click the link:

http://www.carltoti.com/2015/01/burn-it-unleash/

Just a thought,
Carl

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