Time To Move Forward
Hello everyone and thank you so much for joining me today. My name is Roderick caesar the third on the lead pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Jamaica queens new york. And I’m so excited that you decided to join me for the full Gospel hour right here on Global seven. My prayers that you will be blessed. You’ll be encouraged and inspired by this message. Thank you so much for joining and God bless. Oh man! What an awesome God! We serve. What an awesome and amazing God we serve. And it is our job to lift him high. Is that all we want today? To lift him high to let his name be known to make him famous to make him known here at Bethel are mission statement. Our focus is to Exalt jesus, equip his people expand his kingdom and to exalt jesus, we want to be able to lift him high in our lives to lift him up so that all can see what he’s done to testify of his goodness, to testify of his mercy, lift him up even in our lives. Exalt jesus when your situations are looming, when our situations are closing in upon us, take the time and remember who it is, We’re serving who it is that is with us in the race. Exalt jesus and lift him. Uh, he said, if I be lifted up on the earth, I’ll draw all men unto me and we’re so grateful for the fact that he died was crucified and was able to draw men unto himself and that he didn’t stay dead. He didn’t stay down. but he rose again. What a good God is great God we serve today. I’m going to be speaking about timing and the time to move forward. The time to move forward. Um Hebrews chapter 12 verses one and two talk one through three talks about moving forward and in our lives. Specifically, if we, if we look in in the text that jesus and his resurrection, we realized that yes, he was down but he didn’t stay down. Yes, he was dead but he didn’t stay dead. He got up from the grave and he moved forward and in moving forward he was able to meet with his disciples and meet with people who believed and meet with people who didn’t believe and see eyewitness accounts of himself as he was moving and make eyewitness accounts of himself as he was moving forward, interacting with people, showing people, Hey, I’m not dead. Look at the scars that are on my palms, the scars that is on my side. Mm he was able to move forward so that we could as well, he didn’t stay dead so that we don’t have to stay dead as well. And so if you’ll tell them with me in your bibles are following along on the screen to the book of Hebrews chapter 12 verses one and two, we’re gonna be talking about the time to move forward. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. Let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings to us so closely and let us run with endurance. The race that is set before us, looking to jesus, the founder and perfecter or the author and the finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself so that you know, so that you may not grow weary or faint hearted. You’re gonna thank you for this time. I thank you for this message, thank you for who you are. Thank you for your people, thank you for your love for us, your care for us, thank you that you desire to be lifted up and we desire Lord to lift you up. I pray that as this word goes forth that you would be seen, you’d be heard, you would be felt do what only you can do in the lives of your people as we uh listen to your word and as we’re fed, I pray God that you would be glorified and all these things. We pray in jesus name, Amen, Amen! It is important in life to make progress, not just to stay in one place. Last week we spoke about closing the gap And there was a gap between Peter and Jesus gap between the disciples and Jesus and John 21, the disciples are fishing and they’re trying to get some fish, but all night, the text says they fished all night but caught nothing, they’re trying to pull the fish up, Peter says, let’s go fishing, why? Because jesus uh is resurrected, but he’s showing up and leaving, showing up and leaving, showing up and leaving and there’s no clear instruction, there’s no clear direction, he’s just showing himself revealing himself to them and leaving. And I believe that this is in preparation to prepare their hearts for the time when he would leave and go back to the father and the Holy Spirit would be there, but for now he’s just showing up and leaving and they don’t know what to do, they don’t know what steps to take. So Peter says, you know what guys, I’m going fishing And they go fishing and they’re trying to get some fish, the text says in John 21, they fished all night but caught nothing. And then jesus shows up on the, on the scene and they don’t realize that it’s him because he’s speaking to them from the shore and he says, have you guys caught anything yet? And they say no, we we haven’t caught anything, he says drop your nets again, do it again, so they take this man of his word, this random person, they don’t know, they take him at his word, they drop their nets again and the text says there’s so much fish that they could not pull the nets up, they had difficulty pulling the nets up and john turns to peter and says it is the Lord and at this Peter uh puts his work, he’s dressed for work now, so he puts his clothes back on, jumps into the sea, swims to jesus, meets him at the shore, jesus says, oh you guys, you guys have some fish, I have some fish as well, let’s sit down and have some breakfast. And the gap between jesus and peter and jesus and the disciples in that moment was closed, I was closing or closer to being closed. And so we see that Peter was able to move forward in life, the disciples were able to move forward, move closer to jesus in this season in this story. And we realize here with the text in hebrews, that it shows a principle of us realizing that in order to move forward, we can’t look to our own devices. We can’t look to the weights that carry us down. We can’t look to the sins that so easily beset us, but we must do as Peter did and look to jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. It’s important for us to move forward from where we’ve been, not just from one year to the next door from one month to the next, it’s a new month right now, We’re in May of 2021, which is crazy this year is zooming going so fast, but it’s, it’s important that in the midst of the days just marching on that we nail down this concept of moving forward. This concept of making progress. If we are truly to move forward, we cannot just expect to do so uh from watching a sermon on on, on online, we have to actually apply these things that we hear to our lives and live them out. What we realized is that the text doesn’t just say to move forward faster. It doesn’t say we have to move faster. It doesn’t say we have to uh run at a higher speed. It doesn’t say you have to outrun your neighbor. It says you move forward with endurance with endurance. This is a marathon, not a sprint in order to do that in order to gain endurance. We have to realize that it is within our power through christ that we are free to move forward and the time to do that is now many of us, we wait and we say, oh you know I have time, I have time, I have time because we think time is on our side, but as I said this year is going so fast and we have to be committed to our change. We may not be able to see it now, but your changes just around the corner, you may not be able to see it now, but the shifts that you’re waiting on or just around the corner, you may not be able to see it just yet, but do not throw in the towel. There are prayers that you’ve been praying and seeds that you’ve been sewing that are waiting to sprout up so you can gain the harvest just around the corner. God is ready to trade beauty for ashes. Beauty for ashes. And the thing about it is oftentimes we despise the seasons of struggle. We despise the seasons of obscurity, We despise the seasons of difficulty. We despise the seasons where things aren’t adding up the way we think they should be. But how else will we get the beauty for ashes? You have to go through the ashes to get the beauty. And oftentimes what we want to do is just everything will be fine. Everything to be smooth sailing. But what I believe the Lord the Lord uh, does is allows for certain things to come in or allow us for certain things to uh, take place. So that exchange can take place. You have to go through in order to exchange. And as you go through the valley of the Shadow of Death, as you go through the difficult times, as you go through needing finances, as you go through friends, leaving you, as you go through, you begin to understand how God ministers to you and see new ways that God can hold you in difficult times and you begin to honestly lean on him in ways that you wouldn’t had you not gone through those times. So God exchanges beauty for ashes gives Beauty for ashes. But you have to go through the ashes. Have to sit with in the morning, sit in the pain in order to experience some of the beauty. And what we’ve come to realize in life is oftentimes after great success. Sometimes it’s not all difficult. Sometimes you go through and there’s a lot of success and you’re, you’re doing wonderful because of the years that you’ve toiled and after success sometimes comes opposition after success, sometimes comes difficulty after success can sometimes come setbacks. And after those setbacks, do we still have the capacity to move forward after the setbacks? Do we have the capacity or do we have the spiritual stamina and strength to break free from chains and move forward? Or are we stuck in spiritual bondage? After the setbacks? We have to understand that, hey, I have to walk in the spirit. So I do not gratify the flesh after the setbacks, do we still have the freedom to look at the time and say, you know what? It’s time for me to get up from here. It’s time for me to shake the dust off and time for me to take the chains off and move forward? The writer of Hebrews wrote Hebrews to tell the audience pretty much that jesus is better. Better, whatever you think is great. Oh, that’s wonderful. That’s great, jesus is better than that. He’s better than the old law. He’s better than the old covenant. He’s better than moses. He’s better than the might of angels. He’s better than all of those things. Jesus is simply better. And he says, since we are surrounded, the author says, since we’re surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. And in chapter 11, the prior chapter of Hebrews, he talks about the heroes of the faith, says by faith, Isaac invoked future blessing to break to Jacob and esso by faith. Jacob when he was dying, blessed each one of his sons, joseph bowing in worship over the head of his staff by faith, joseph at the end of his life made mention of exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones by by faith. This happened by faith, this person did this by faith. So the writer of Hebrews is anchoring the text and faith is anchoring the reader to say, Hey, faith is is the doorway by faith. It’s by faith that God is pleased with us. It’s by faith, is the substance of things, hoped for the evidence of things unseen. And then he goes on to say in the latter chapter in verse 12. Now, we’re surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses that we just read about in chapter 11 they’re surrounding us. They’re they’re watching us. One commentary says we ought to act as if they were in sight and they’re cheering us on to the same victory that they obtained the same victory of faith that they obtained? So there’s a great cloud of witnesses, joseph Abraham Jacob, the Isaac the founders of of of this faith that we’re walking in there looking at this and they’re watching us run and cheering us on. So as a result of this, the text says, since we’re surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses that we just read about, since we’re surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses uh, that that, that are walking in this faith, we need to respond. We need to act as if there are those that are watching. Let us lay aside every weight that slows us down every wait. That makes it more difficult to run every weight that makes it difficult to run with endurance because weights slow us down weights. Uh, if they’re too heavy, they can stop you from running. If you have to heavier weight on you, you will not be able to get up, you will not be able to put one ft in front of the other. You will not be able to run. That’s why you need to watch your weights, right. But then also there are some weights that you can still run with them, but you will get tired quicker. You will not be as able to to endure longer. You won’t be as effective as you were because you’re running with weights? So watch your weight and assess, Hey, is this a wait, is this something that is holding me back, is this something that is tearing me down? Is this something that is keeping me and let’s run how we were designed to run, There are many weights in life, internal pain, That’s not processed, that’s not spoken through uh incorrect priorities, comparison distractions, things that hinder our walk, pull us back and slow us down. If we could pick up from where we left off last week, in John Chapter 21, uh the disciples had a difficult time moving forward and that’s why they went fishing, they had a difficult time moving forward and that’s why they went fishing because they didn’t know how to process what was going on, Jesus was showing up and leaving and Peter says, let’s go fishing, and they say okay, and they all just go fishing and they don’t catch anything and then jesus shows up, so they’re having this difficult time, but then after they have the breakfast after, Jesus says, hey, I have some bread, I have some fish, let’s eat after they eat after they fellowship after they have a food together, Jesus has a conversation with Peter one on 1, maybe he walks off with him to the side or maybe he does this in the presence of the disciples, but either way, the text says, Jesus turned to Peter and he says, he asked him, he says Peter do you love me more than these now? He could be talking about a number of different things, Jesus says, do you love me more than these? He could be speaking about the disciples, maybe he says do you love me more than the disciples? That’s an odd question to ask in front of the other disciples or at all, but I, I don’t think that that’s what he’s saying, you love me more than the other disciples love me, I don’t think he’s comparing everyone’s love and he says, Peter, do you love me more than these? Perhaps he could be saying, Peter, do you love me more than the disciple, then you love the disciples and I think that’s you know, a valid question, but we know from jesus is teaching that Peter was present for that, Jesus would say things like if you’re not willing to leave your mother or father for me, then why even bother following Jesus would say these radical statements, and yet Peter still follows, so I think there’s, there’s no question as to whether or not Peter loves Jesus more than the disciples, if he was willing to still leave his, his parents, his family, all these different things to follow Jesus, one commentary that I I was reading through posed an interesting point that perhaps Jesus was saying, Peter, do you love me more than these and referencing the nets that he used to carry the fish back onto the shore and the boat that he had hopped out of and swim swam from the disciples were getting onto the shore. Do you love me more than these, the nets, the things that you went back to that I have called you away from that are now going to be weights in this new season that I’m calling you into. Do you love me more than this, fishing, whatever that represents for you in your life, this could possibly be what jesus was referencing. Do you love me more than these things? That makes perfect sense to you. But to me it’s uh, do you love me more than these? He says the weights that he walked back to the sin, which so closely so easily uh besets us. And so for us in our lives, there are some things, some weights that we maybe have walked back to her picked up. The Lord is saying, hey, we have to lay these things down. So the author of Hebrews is saying, look, we uh need to lay down the weight, but then also lay lay aside the sin which clings so closely which easily besets us or stops us from getting there or knocks us off. Course sin is simply uh, the hebrew word for sin simply means you miss the mark. You have a target, You’re trying to reach that target and the target is missed. You miss the mark when you live in rebellion towards the will or the things of God it takes great effort to stay focused in this walk, just as peter and the disciples had to say, okay, let’s gauge and say, okay, do we want to stay in this boat or do we want to actually venture out towards the christ and see where this leads us? The text says, let us run with endurance. The race that is set before us. Once again, this walk is not a sprint, not a dash, it’s a marathon. We must pace ourselves and we have to drink from the living water that is christ to stay hydrated. We have to run the race that is set before us. The race that is set before us. It’s interesting how the writer here doesn’t say run the race that is set before your neighbor right here doesn’t say run the race that is set before the person that’s watching this with you. It says you have to run the race that is set before you run your race. We run the race that is set before us. I run my race, You won. You run your race. I can help you run your race and you can help me run my race, but I can’t run your race for you. That’s why it’s your race. You have to be content with not only who you are, but how God made you and the race that he’s called you to run, run your race at your pace, not your neighbor’s race. You can’t run your mother’s race for her, no matter how much she sacrificed or you want to do that? You can’t run your father’s race for him, no matter how much he’s blessed you, and you want to do that. You can’t run your sister’s race. Your cousins race, your brother’s race, your auntie’s race. You can’t run anyone’s race except your own. You can help people. You can give them advice. You can give them words of truth. You can open open up scripture and break it down to them, but you cannot run their race for them. You can only run yours and in this day and age, it’s so easy to compare and look at the race that other people are running. I say, oh man, if I could only do X, y and Z, Oh man, If I could only run and do run like this and do this, this, this, this and this. But comparison is a trap. And we see this even in scripture, because in John 21, when jesus tells Peter to follow him, he tells Peter, he says, look, Peter, if you love me, feed my sheep, if you love me, uh feed my lambs. If you love me, do this, do this, do this, he says all these things. And then jesus looks uh to john, Peter, excuse me after he says, follow me after, jesus says to Peter, he says, follow me? Peter looks to john and says, uh and he says, Lord, what about him? What about john? And Jesus responds and says look if it is my will that he should remain until I come. What is that to you? You follow me, you follow me. So Peter is looking at john when Jesus says to Peter, follow me, jesus follow me and Peter says well what about john, what’s going on with john? And Jesus says look don’t worry about john what I’ve got planned for john is for john but what I’ve got planned is for you, for you is for you, you follow me and many times uh Jesus needs to say this to us because we’re so worried about somebody else, worried about what somebody else is doing, worried about what somebody else is wearing and worried about what somebody else is, is what someone else is dated, who someone else is dating, worried about all these different things, what someone else is driving and how someone else is doing in their walk. And God says, what about you? You you follow me, You follow me, it’s okay to pray for them, it’s okay to intercede, it’s okay to to wish them well and all of these different things but don’t let their walk hinder your walk. Don’t be so caught up in what they’re doing that you miss jesus saying follow me, He had to say following me to Peter twice to get his attention again, You said follow me and he says over, what about john? He said no, don’t worry about john, you follow me. And oftentimes we have to understand what it means to run the race at the pace, God has called us to run. So we have to look to jesus. The text says the author and the finisher, the founder and the perfecter of our faith. Looking unto jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, We have to run this race like a horse with blinders on, you know how if you’re watching a horse race or something along those lines, they have the horse, they put blinders on the horse, so the horse won’t be able to see to the right or to the left, just what’s in front. In the same way we have to have spiritual blinders, oftentimes where there are distractions that come from every which way, and we’re able to say no, no, I I fixed my eyes upon jesus, I look full in his wonderful face, and the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and his grace. And we realized that Peter as he ran the race had to look to jesus. That’s why I believe that this moment was so important for for Peter, that as he was coming back to jesus and jesus was redeeming, and jesus was making new even before this, when he’s lifting the nets out and john says, hey, it’s jesus at that moment, nothing else mattered at that moment, the fish, they were trying to pull up out of the water. Did not matter at that moment. The fact that john needed help pulling those fish up out of the water did not matter all that mattered because that jesus was present, Jesus was here and Peter said, I’m not missing this opportunity. I’m looking to jesus, the author and the finisher and he swims and closes the gap between him and the Lord and we too must turn our eyes fix our eyes on jesus because he is the author and the finisher. He’s the alpha and the omega. He is the beginning and the end. He is the start and the conclusion. And guess what? He’s not just waiting for us at the finish line. He’s walking with us in the middle. He’s in the middle as well. Yes, he is the author of the founder, the one that started it all. He’s also the one that’s gonna be cheering for us as we cross the finish line. But he’s also walking with us through the valley. He’s also the one that said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So he’s not just waiting for us at the finish line and saying, great, don’t you love this race that I started? I don’t know he’s running with us, He’s walking with us and in those moments when we need strength to move forward. Let us not forget that we must look to him. It’s through him that we can run this race. Well, Jesus is both the blueprint and the architect, the way the truth and the life. The text says that he canceled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. He set aside nailing it to the cross. He dismantled the spiritual rulers and authorities and put them to shame by triumphing over them in him. That’s Colossians, Chapter two verses 14 and 15 Through the Cross, he turned the tables and now the text says that he is seated at the right hand of God. Look to jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. He went through so much, he despised the shame, all of these different things. And yet he sat c sits down now at the right hand of God and all power, all authority. And Hebrews lets us know that Jesus is even more powerful than the angels. Because you may get it twisted, we may get so caught up saying, oh, angels are wonderful. They’re great. Yeah, fine. That that may be the case. They’ve got nothing on jesus Hebrews. Chapter One lets us know to which of the angels has the Lord ever said, Sit at my right hand till I make enemies. Your footstool. That hasn’t happened. He said that to jesus, he said that to the Lord, and jesus endured so much hostility from sinners against himself, so that we may not grow weary or faint hearted. This race is about endurance. Jesus endured hostility of the cross endured the hostility of the romans that were mistreating him, endured the hostility of the jews that were saying crucify him, endured the hostility of humanity that was thrust upon him, endured all of that so that we can have endurance he endured, so that we too can endure 33 years, misunderstood years of miss being mistreated and the king of this world laid his life down. No one takes it from him, he said. I lay my life down. So if that’s the case, if jesus went through that, let us not grow weary in doing well. Let us not miss the time to move forward. Let us not grow weary and doing good for in due season we will reap. If we do not give up your actions now are seeds that are being planted for later. The actions that you’re taking now or the actions that you’re not taking now are seeds that are being planted for later. You’ll either reap or you won’t reap If you’re planting some seeds now when harvest time comes, those seeds will pop up. If you’re making actions and moving steps in the wrong direction, those seeds will pop up If you’re making action and moving steps in the right direction, those seeds will pop up. If you do nothing, you reap nothing. So let us be sure that we are planting the right seeds so that the right time we can yield the desired harvest. We need to not only have the freedom to move forward, but understand the time to move forward. The time is now give your hurt to jesus and move forward. Give your pain to jesus and move forward. Give your excuses to jesus and move forward. Give your anger to jesus and move forward. Give all of these things to him and move forward. It’s easier said than done. If you need to talk it out, if you need therapy, if you need to process through it, go and do that, make that happen. But be sure to include jesus in this process as you move forward. God wants us not just to be free from the sins of our past, but the things of our present as well. Because we can as second timothy lets us know we can make the mistake of having the form of Godliness, but denying its power, we can make the mistake of knowing all the right things to say, but doing none of the right things, having the appearance of Godliness, but denying its power, what we want to do as we move forward is cast aside sin is cast aside weights and move forward. But if we don’t do that, we’re denying the power of God within us to be able to do that. We’re denying the power of God within us to be able to move forward and for peter, what we understand is that this is a full circle moment. This this moment when he swims out to jesus and speaks to him and Peter gives him the this quote and asks him, he says, Peter do you love me more than these? And Peter says yes Lord, you know that I love you? He asked him one time, do you love me more than these? And then he says yes, you know I love you, he says, feed my lambs and then a second time he says to him, verse 16 of john chapter 21 Simon, son of john, do you love me? And Peter says to him, yes Lord, you know that I love you and Peters and jesus says to Peter then tend my sheep and then he says to him the third time Simon, son of john, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he asked him a third time, do you love me? And he said to him Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you and Jesus says to him, then feed my sheep. This is a redemption, a redemptive moment, A full circle moment in the life of Peter, he denied jesus three times as the story goes, as we are familiar with spoke about this last week, he denied jesus three times and when the rooster crow, jesus turned and looks at Peter, they lock eyes, Peter leaves and weeps bitterly because he denied his friend. Things may be awkward between them. He shows up after the resurrection appears, but they never have this conversation, this this this ability to move to actually put Peter in a place where he can move forward and brings closure to to the fact that Peter did not stand in a moment when he thought he should have, but now they have this conversation three times for three denials, Jesus asked Peter, do you love me? Peter was grieved at this third time, I says yes, you know, I love you, but notice this, that jesus doesn’t just say, oh it’s okay, peter, I know you love me, it’s okay. And they have a warm loving embrace and hug. No, no, that’s not what, what what takes place, what happens here is Peter says yes, you know I love you, and Jesus says, I’m going to give you some responsibility on this rock, I will build my church, feed my lambs, feed my lambs, feed my sheep if you love me, care for the brethren, if you love me, care for those that are going to come to know me, if you love me, speak out loud about me and feed uh those that are starving, feed my sheep, Peter and Peter on the day of Pentecost, does some miraculous things and preaches a message that cuts to the heart and feeds the sheep and continues to do so throughout the text and I believe that this is a full circle moment because it’s because the fact that jesus died and rose again, that Peter can know that he’s forgiven, that Peter can know that he doesn’t have to live in shame anymore or live in bondage anymore. But it’s honestly truly time to move forward. Imagine if jesus were to you say, do you love me? Yes. Do you love me? You love me as feed my sheep know I’m not worthy. No, I but what about what I did know, but what about? No, but at that moment everything was made right. Peter saw the grace of God at work. Peter saw the power of the cross at work and in our lives we too need to understand the power of the cross in our lives. We too need to understand the power of God no more denying the power of God as we move throughout this year. No more being complacent as we move throughout this year. No more coasting. No more slacking. None of these things. We must walk in the fullness of God’s love. We must walk and the truth of who God says we are and we must walk and the goodness that the Lord has for us and walk in the victory that is ours through jesus christ it is time for us. Saints of God to move forward as I close out. It’s important because Jesus overcame sin because he overcame sin. We can too, we don’t have to stay stuck to sin any longer. We don’t have to stay stuck to shame any longer. What we understand is that we’re called to live free and the time to do that is now the time to do that sense of God is now many of us have been trying to move forward, but we need to know how the first step we need to do is fix our focus. The text says, look unto jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. What are we focused on? Really take a look at your life and see what are you focused on? If you need to re prioritize and ask yourself, where does jesus fit into my life? Is he, is he the center of my life? Is he what I’m resting everything on? Or is he just an addition? Is she just an asterisk that I add into later, or is he the foundation on which everything rests? So the first thing we need to do is fix our focus if it’s not on jesus, put our focus on jesus, the author and finisher secondly, we need to remember why we’re running, remember why we’re running for the joy that set before him, Jesus was to be reunited with his father and bring us into reconciliation. That’s joy right there he was going to be reunited with the father, but he was also going to bring us into right relationship. That’s enough for him to be joyful and he remembered why he ran, he is the template for us to follow, fix our focus. Peter focused on jesus, remember why we’re running, Jesus had to remind Peter, Hey, you have to feed my sheep so get back up and let’s run this race. Thirdly, what we need to do is lighten our load. Peter had to let go of his nets. Do you love me more than these? Yes. Okay, then feed my lambs to feed my lambs. You’re not gonna pick up these fish and I’m gonna do that. I’m talking about catching men, catching women and getting people who can come into the kingdom for such a time as this. You will now be fishers of men. Lighten your load. Lay aside the weights that so easily beset. Keep stagnant uh, things that keep you stagnant and the things that pull you back don’t stay stuck on those, but lay those aside. Look at what hinders you. Freedom does not happen overnight. It’s something that we can continue to walk in and take the weights off, keep the weights off as we walk in the way God has called us to walk forth and we can leave behind our limitations and embrace our boundaries. Leave behind our limitations and embrace our boundaries. I’m no longer a slave to blank. I am a child of God to fear, fill in the blank for you. For fear I’m no longer a slave to bitterness. No longer a slave to lust? No longer A slave to angry Nous to anger? Excuse me to depression. What are you? What are the, what does that blank for you? I’m no longer a slave to this. But instead now I am a I’m a child of God as we move forward. We must pay attention to the time that the Lord has us in. If last year taught us anything is that we must pay attention to the times and that no matter what, we’re not where we are, we’re not as in control as as, as it seems. So as we move forward, we have to understand that hey, I have a window of time that I’ve got to make these moves. I’ve got to make this decision. I’ve got to make some shifts. I’ve got to move forward and the time to do that isn’t tomorrow. It’s not next week. The time to move forward is now. So be like peter in this text and let’s listen to what the writer of hebrews has to say. Lay aside those weights and move forward today, I bless you. They’re gonna thank you so much for those that are listening for those that have heard this word today. I pray Lord that you would show up mighty and strong in our lives. I pray father as you show yourself mighty, Show yourself strong. You would be glorified and all that we do and all that. We say. We thank you, we praise you. We give you glory. We ask these things in, jesus name. Amen and Amen. Hello again and thank you so much for tuning into the message at Global seven. 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