Step Up & Step Out

“I am the door: if anyone enters by Me,

he will be saved,

and will go in and out and find pasture.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.”

John 10.9-10

One year ago today, I went to India to visit my dear friend Alana. And it was the beginning of my journey to step out and step up. What we have in our heart will only come alive if we step up and out into our dreams. Along the way we will be adjusted, learn, and guides to grow and stretch our selves to the limit that we think this is beyond what I can do. That is a good place to be, then we enable our self to walk into the door: Jesus Christ. And he can start to show us a life that is more than abundantly.


These days everything just seems to find its way back to the story of Moses. All I see around me, what people face and go through, but also into my own life.

Moses is known as one of the world’s greatest leaders. Even though He did not make his people come into the promised land. He made a mistake, when he crossed the stones where the 10 commandments where written, and because of that, He did not come into the promised land. It was not the crossing of the commandments, but maybe rather more the fact that he let his feelings take over and got afflicted by how the people around him was living. Not keeping the wonderful presence that he just came from with God, and the conversations he had just have had with God near to his heart.

The fact that God was above it all, and the fact that God had made him come through so many obstacles just seemed to be lost for a moment, and in his anger he smashed the 10 commandments written on stone boards. It must have been quite a sight. It must have been a rare sight for the people because he was the great leader, the one that always had a solution, the one that always made God find a way through it all. But not this time. It was a different season.

Maybe Moses was tired of it all, maybe he was tired of the opposition from the people, the constant fighting for making the people live aligned with what God had said. Maybe … it could have been a lot of reasons.

And is it not so that we also face this in our own life. We may have lived out for a long time working hard for a promotion at work, or a break though in our families, or other things we have standing strong and firm for, and for so long fighting for it to happen.

And then the tiredness comes sneaking in on us, wears us out, and then and there we see that we are powerless in carrying what we stand for even one more step. And it is in that moment we have the opportunity to surrender to God and just be true about everything, or to make it on our own. But we are living in the new covenant, Moses lived in the old. And because we are living in the new, we can so wonderfully take to our hearts the words that we find in John 10.9-10.

“I am the door: if anyone enters by Me,

he will be saved,

and will go in and out and find pasture.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.”

We can enter in through the door; Jesus, and in his word, find new strength and power to face the obstacles we meet in our lives. We all know that the thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy. And one of his tricks is to wear us out. By circumstances, by sickness, by pain in our body, etc.

He knows how to steal, kill and destroy. And it is in these times it is highly important that we walk through the door and find pasture. That we know that through the name of Jesus we have new life and not just to barely make it, but abundantly. Abundantly in our families, in our job, in our business, in our finances, in our church life, in our communities and our ministries. But we have to walk through the door; the word of God. We have to dig in and see what it says about the circumstances we are facing, and we have to dress ourselves and our lives with the truth of his word.

That might mean that we have to walk out the word in certain circumstances in our life for a period of time. It might have to be that we must have the unseen and not the seen in our heart and mind as we talk what the word says and not what we see in the present. When we read about the giants in Hebrews 11, we all see that this was their lifestyle of living, and they did not quit even though they did not experience what was promised. They just walked it out like it had already happened.

Distractions comes to all of us. And it is what we do with the distractions that matters, not in the amount it hits us, or in the strength it has, but that we are careful about what we put our mind to, that we are truthful about our walk, and that we go through the door both in times of trouble, but also in times with victory.

The people that Moses was leading did not like changes very well. That is something we all face when we enter into something new and unknown, we all meet resistance in our self, but it is then important that we do not have our soul and heart in the past, but that we are courageous and bold and stretch after the door that is open before us. The door of new goals and opportunities that will make us live the abundant life. And no matter the resistance, if we do not give into the circumstances, or give up, we will enter into the promised land just like Joshua and his followers.

Distractions, we all have them. It is what we do in the midst of them that determines if we will live the abundant life. Let us make the right choices.

 

 

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