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Going Through Barriers

“The greatest barrier to someone achieving their potential is their denial of it.”

Simon Travaglia

When we set out to make a difference there will always be barriers. It’s my belief that barriers are a sign you’re doing something right.

Nothing great happens without barriers being broken through and when it comes to being a ministry leader, this is amplified.

“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬

Paul gave insight into a barrier that is worldwide. Satan blinds people so they can’t see Jesus and what he did for them. From this reality, there are barriers that want to push back the work of God from advancing.

Satan wants churches: to shut down, to be insignificant, weak, non-influential, poor, selfish, not servant-hearted, and lead people away from Jesus.

Conversely, Jesus wants his church: to grow, thrive, expand, be influential, strong, financially blessed, giving, serving, loving, and leading the masses to God.

This is what God wants and deep down, this is what every leader in ministry wants too.

“Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭18‬

But to have this, we must go through the barriers.

So, what are some of these barriers?

1st – Personal barriers.

These are the things God is wanting to work out of us. We all have them and if we ignore them, we can’t go through them. If we blame others, they will defeat us.

Leaders must let God heal them, change them, shape them, and make them what he wants. This is where it starts because when we break through our barriers, we can break the barriers around us.

Please let Jesus move in your life to help you go through the barriers in you.

2nd – Barriers in others.

Leaders navigate others toward a vision and purpose that is greater than one person. This is a great challenge because everyone has barriers within themselves. But I believe that a collective vision lifts others past their barriers and helps everyone grow through their limitations.

This is how we lead others through their barriers.

We move together toward Jesus to be and do what he has for us. Through that, we will be changed and others will have the chance to break through their barriers.

3rd – Barriers in our cities.

In every city and community, there are barriers to limit God’s work. These show up through poverty, racism, corruption, violence, greed, injustice, and more. These present barriers that create pain, despair, strife, and hard hearts. All of this comes from Satan who uses these barriers to blind people to Jesus.

So, our mission is to go through these barriers by serving and giving to our cities. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. Therefore, we must care enough to give, serve, listen, and be engaged with what’s going on.

We’re not called to make points, we’re called to make a difference.

Being leaders, we must go through the barriers in our cities by giving to our cities and loving them freely.

When we have a vision bigger than ourselves, we can go through the barriers in our cities.

My encouragement is to dream of what could be and go for it. Go through the personal barriers, others’ barriers, and our cities’ barriers.

There’s more for us to do and the time is now!! The greatest miracles are on the other side of the barrier. So go forward and discover what it is.

God is with you and the best is yet to come,

Pastor David Norris

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