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Defining Moments

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Sermon shared by Frank Jackson

March 2001
Summary: There have been many defining moments in the life of human beings that changed their lives forever. These defining moments often set the course for the balance of their life
Denomination: Methodist
Audience: General teen
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> Defining Moments
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> As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed
around him (Acts 9:3).
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> There have been many defining moments in the life of human beings
> that changed their lives forever. These defining moments often set the
course for the balance of their life.
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> For Moses, it was the burning bush.
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> For Peter, it was walking on water.
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> For Shadrack, Mesach, & Abednego, it was walking through the burning
furnace untouched.
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> For Paul, it was being blinded and spoken to by Jesus on the Damascus
Road.
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> For Daniel, it was deliverance from the lion’s den.
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> For Joshua, it was parting the Jordan River and crossing into the
> Promised Land.
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> We could go on and on. Each of these servants had years of preparation
leading up to their defining moment. These defining moments forced these
servants to experience something beyond their human experience. It took them
outside their own paradigm of life. God had to bring them outside their own
box. And when He did, their lives were never the same.
> You may be in one of three stages of life. You may not have had your
"defining moment" yet. God may be preparing you with many important life
experiences. You may have had your defining moment and you are living out
your call. Or, you may be toward the end of your journey and you have
already experienced what I speak of.
> We are all called to relationship with God. Secondly, we are all
> called vocationally. Often this second stage is ushered in by a
> defining moment. And there can be more than one defining moment, each
pointing you down a path that God ordained from the foundation of the world.
The secret of a great life is often a man’s ability to discern the defining
moments given to him, understanding them and learning to walk in the path
that leads him to his ultimate destination.
> Once you have had a defining moment you are never the same. Pray that you
have eyes to see and ears to hear when your Master brings a defining moment
into your life.

You might want to add something about educational choices and defining moments. For example, there will be times when a student can choose to do their homework, work hard, or go out and play basketball. That one defining moment can become habit that sets the tone for their whole lives. It can make the difference between going to college and working at Burger King. It may not seem that much at the time, but as students, you will encounter many of these choices, to go forward, or to turn around and do what you want vs what will take you forward.
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