Summary: When you here the term "Glass Ceilings" it is refering to, an invisible barrier that prevents anything or anyone from attaining success or reaching their goals or visions.
Breaking Through Your Glass Ceiling
Pastor Tim Porter
Text: 2 Samuel 5:1-4
When you here the term "Glass Ceilings" it is refering to, an invisible barrier that prevents anything or anyone from attaining success or reaching their goals or visions.
The Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defines the glass ceiling as "the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps miniorites and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achivements."
Today, I want to talk to you about your “glass ceilings”. As we enter this brand new era, we all have the opportunity to do more and be more for the Lord than we ever have. But, if that is to happen, all of us are going to have to face the fact that there are some “glass ceilings” in our lives, our ministries and churches that must be shattered before we can grow as we should.
In the verses we just read, David is at the very pinnacle of his success. He has weathered many storms and he has broken through his “glass ceilings”.
The only reason he has arrived at this juncture in his life is because he fought the right battles and won the right victories, and walked away from the ones that were not going to get him anywhere (he picked and choosed his battles).
I want to see each of us to achieve all the success we can as we go into this new era. If that is going to happen, then we are going to have to learn the truth about the “glass ceilings” in our lives and how they can be broken forever.
To do this, we are going to have to look backward into the life of David. We are going to identify the obstacles he faced in life and how he overcame them by the grace of God.
So, I amgoing to Preach my last message here as your pastor on this thought “Breaking Through Your Glass Ceilings”.
I.) EVERYONE HITS THE GLASS CEILING AND MUST ACCEPT IT
? In our text, there are two primary characters mentioned: Saul and David. It is interesting to note that both of these men faced “glass ceilings” in their lives. I will point out what they were in a few minutes.
For now, I want us to be aware of the fact that “glass ceilings” are a reality in everyone of our lives. I challenge you to look at all the great men and women of the Bible and find me one that did not have some kind of baggage hanging around his or her neck!
? A.) Even the Lord Jesus had His Own “glass ceilings”. Many thought he was the bastard child of a Roman soldier. He was from Galilee, a place from which none thought a prophet could arise, John 7:52 (NKJV) 52 They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."
People went as far to say is this Jesus of Nazareth "Nothing good comes out of Nazareth John 1:43-46 ( Ill. how many of you have found Jesus and when He says follow me, you clam up get scared because you know He is about to use you and you will be all out of you comfort zone, but you say, "I just want to be used by God and be where the spirit of God is" BREAK THROUGH YOUR GLASS CEILING!)
Joshua 24:14-28 We see one of the greatest moments of drawing the line in the sand, Just like the Isrealites it's time for you to make up your minds. will you serve God or will you serve other gods that have secured your attention? (gods like religon, tradition, scared to move or get out of your comfort zone)
Joshua could lead an entire army into battle, but he couldn't lead every family into battle at home. That was left up to every man and every father. You see in each home every father would go to war and decide which way he would fight.
Joshua drew the line in the sand and said "As far as his family was conserend, he had made up his mind. With every ounce of being, he would lead his family to serve the Lord.
He would relentelssy chase off any other god in his home keeping them from serving God totally.
There is only one God worthy of taking up Lordship in my home and that is Yahweh, Jesus, the Lord of Lords and the king of Kings!
I am not going to let my wife or my girls or my parents presuade me on how I shoud fight the battle, I know what God has called me to do and how to do it! Men you shouldn't either! For me the glass ceiling is shattered Jesus has the wheel! (Ill. God is my Co-Pilot)