Summary: Family and others may have placed limitations on us by the things they have or have not done or said. It’s time to break with the past and trust God for the realisation of your dreams.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.


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Breaking the Barriers of the Past

Primary Resource – “Your Best Life Now” by Joel Osteen

The Command to Leave Horeb

Deut 1:1-8

Dt 1:1 These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan—that is, in the Arabah—opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. Dt 1:2 (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.) Dt 1:3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the LORD had commanded him concerning them. Dt 1:4 This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. Dt 1:5 East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying: Dt 1:6 The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Dt 1:7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. Dt 1:8 See, I have given you this land . Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”



Olympic games & the four-minute-mile barrier.

Every four years, the world’s attention turns to the summer Olympic games.

For a few days, men and women from around the globe gather to compete against the best.

Amazing records are broken and new ones are set at these games.

The Four-Minute-Mile:

Just a few decades ago, track-and-field experts proudly declared that no runner could break the four-minute-mile barrier.

It was said that a human being couldn’t run that distance that fast.

"Experts" conducted all sorts of profound studies to show it was impossible to beat the four-minute barrier.

And for years, they were right. Nobody ever ran a mile in less than four minutes.

Roger Bannister:

But one day a young man came along who didn’t believe the experts’ opinions.

He didn’t dwell on the impossibilities.

He refused to let all those negative words form a stronghold in his mind.

He began to train, believing he was going to break that record.

Sure enough, he went out one day and broke the four-minute-mile barrier.

He did what the experts said couldn’t be done.

His name was Roger Bannister, and he made sports history.

Other Runners:

Now, here is what is so interesting about the Roger Bannister story……. Within a month, the Australian runner John Landy had broken Bannister’s record, but Bannister had the satisfaction of beating Landy at that summer’s British Empire Games in Vancouver. In a race billed as "The Mile of the Century," both runners beat the four minute time, but Bannister came in first at 3:58.8 to Landy’s 3:59.6……..Within ten years after Roger Bannister broke that record, 336 other runners had broken the four-minute-mile record as well!

Think about that. For hundreds of years, as far back as statisticians kept track-and-field records, nobody ran a mile in less than four minutes; then, within a decade, more than three hundred people from various geographic locations were able to do it.

What happened? Simple. The barrier to running a four-minute mile was in the athletes’ minds. For all those years, runners believed what the experts were saying. They were convinced that it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes.


You Too Can Break The Barriers Of The Past !!!

1.The Battle in Your Mind

A. Here’s the key point: You will never go beyond the barriers that are in your own mind.


If you think you can’t do something, then you never will.

The battle is in your mind.

If you are defeated in your mind, you’ve already lost the battle.

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