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It's Time to Get Out of the Box!

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Sermon shared by Vera Hughes

August 2007
Summary: God has purposed you to walk in His will for your life. Many times we start believing what others have destined for our lives such as "you will never be anything; you are stupid; you are nothing". This has caused many of us to "be in a box". Itís time
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Read Scripture:

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Definitions:

Destined: to decree beforehand; to set apart for a special purpose

Greatness: knowing your purpose in life and sowing it into the lives of others


Opening Statements:

You have been set apart for a special purpose in life and then use that life to bless others Ė thatís what God has destined you for greatness!

People will and have put you in a box. They have labeled you. Letís see some of the labels:

Poor, broken home, AA, old, fat, no child, no degree, divorced, single, depressed, kids on drugs, husband alcoholic, and poor family background.

ITíS TIME TO GET OUT OF THE BOX!

You have to learn how to fight all these stereotypes that you have been labeled in your life. Turn to someone and say, ďIím getting out of this box, because I am destined for greatness!

Many of you today do not realize just how close you are to the success or greatness God has destined for you. There is a dream in you that is bigger then you that is really the real you Ė thatís the destined for greatness God has deposited.

Here are a few steps to "GET OUT OF THE BOX" that people have created for you and start walking in Godís will for your life:

1. If you donít see the potential or seed in yourself, God has ordained someone to recognize the seed of greatness in you.

Parents Ė Guardian Ė Grandparents Ė Teachers

Esther had Mordecai. He was her cousin and he saw the beauty in her that would make her a queen.

Personal Illustration Ė I had a teacher in the 6th grade Mr. OíShea. I was a straight "A" student and one day I was out on the playground with the wrong crowd. One of the girls in the crowd started a fight with someone on the playground. Upon seeing the fight, Mr. OíShea came over and grabbed me and the girl who instigated the fight. I was so mad. I didnít even start the fight but was around the girl who started the fight. He took her to the principal and took me to the classroom. He yelled at me and said that I had too much purpose and destiny to fulfill to start hanging with the wrong type of girls who started fights. I didnít realize until many years later that he was making sure that my destiny and purpose wasnít aborted. He saw a greatness in me that I didnít see in myself.

2. Find the Exit off the Excuse Freeway

Stop making excuses. Excuses are the crutch of the uncommitted.

Excuses cause you to:

Cover Up - Itís human nature; donít waste your energy covering up excuses.
Speed Up - Keep plowing ahead and never acknowledging you are making excuses.
Give Up - 90% of all people who make excuses are not defeated, but they quit.

Remember the box? Many have placed labels on you and you use them as excuses not to move forward into your destiny and purpose.

Itís time to WAKE UP and stop making excuses! Find the exit ramp off the excuse freeway.

Mordecai could have had the excuse of having to care of Esther and missed her destiny to save a nation.

The only way to get off the excuse freeway is to take full responsibility for yourself and your mistakes.

Change your excuses by accepting responsibility.

You make excuses because you do not want to take the consequences of your mistakes or the responsibility.

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