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Summary: This is a review of the first four messages in the series

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TITLE: Overcoming the Grasshopper Complex, Looking Back

TEXT: Various, Philippians 3:12-13

P.S.

INTRODUCTION:

I think that it is fair to say that the Christian life is not a cake walk, it is a long distance marathon. The goal for every believer is to finish the race that God has marked out for us. It is God’s plan that we finish well, finish strong, and finish victoriously.

The tragedy is when runners fail to complete the race, either due to fatigue or by failing to follow the rules and take short cuts, thus disqualifying them from the prize.

IN recent days I have been made aware of friends who have fallen short of the finish line and have been divereted due to choosing to take short cuts and stopping serving Jesus all together. When this happens not only does it leave a black mark on the testimony of believers, but it breaks the heart of God as well.

While we were at camp, the evening speaker, Alton Garrison read a quote from the book “Un-christan.” It is a summary of a survey that was conducted to determine if there is any difference in the lifestyles between Christian followers and the non-Christian world. I warn you, that the results concluded that there essentially is no difference in the conduct and lifestyle of evangelical Christians and non-believers.

Here is the survey,

19% BA watch MTV, the music channel/ 24% non believers

24% of believers were divorced/ 23% non believers

23% of believers bought a lottery ticket in the last week/ 27% non christians

24% of believers Have given money to a homeless person/ 34% non believers

3% of believers filed a law suit against someone in the last year/ 4 % non believers

76% watched pg-13 or r rated movie in the last week/ 87% non believers

35% of believers say to get ahead sometimes you have to cut the corners!

These are born again professing believers in Jesus Christ! How can this be you might ask? They have fallen shport of the finish line. They have chosen to stop short in their race, and not move forward.

For many Christians, they fall short of their God given challenge for fear that they do not have the sufficient strength or resources to succeed. This fear is what we have termed as the “GRASSHOPPER COMPLEX” It is a fear which paralyzes believers in their walk of faith.

However, we need to be reminded that, as followers of Jesus we have been given everything we need to run the race marked out for us and to overcome any obstacle the Enemy places in our way.

According to Joshua chapter 1, We have been given God’s eternal promise to guide us,

“I will give you every place where you set your foot”( v.3) God’s promises are our assurance that victory is possible. Furthermore,

We have His daily provision to sustain us, ‘BE strong and courageous…do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful”(8-10) And finally,

We have God’s abiding presence to encourage us. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


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