Life in the box is…confined, limited, seems safe, “normal”, seems the way it should be…
But there is More to life then the box we put “it” in
Although we have been Hidden in a box. This is the year of the Reveal!!!
· Life in the box is not where God is
· God is bigger than our box.
· God will not let us confine Him to our Limits, our Boundaries, to our Parameters…
-Jesus is supposed to be our fence. But we try to be his fence. . .
Keeping him out and trying to lock him in
· God wants out of the Box!!! and He wants us out of the Box…No limits; No Boundaries
²Once we get boxed in a few things start happening in our lives.
1. We can’t walk properly.
2. We can’t worship freely.
3. We can’t work efficiently.
4. We can’t witness effectively.
When we get boxed in it will begin to affect every area of our lives. It will even influence those around us. When we pull other people into our box they too are hindered. Similarly, we would be hindered from the accomplishments God has for us if we get pulled into other people’s boxes.
There are three ways to get boxed in:
1) You can be boxed in by Satan. He will try to trap us and make us slaves. Kind of like a rabbit being trapped in a box.A puppet for him. Oh naw
2) We can box ourselves in by playing in the box.
3) Others can box us in. They can pull us away, right into their box, by their words and actions.
Today I want us to look together at some boxes that we can get trapped in. I want to challenge you to Break Out of the box and go for God 100%. The number one reason Satan tries to box us in is to slow us down from going all out for God. He would love to eventually smother us inside that box and destroy us, keeping us from God’s will in our lives. So, today get stirred to the point you want to break out of the box that is holding you back. GET OUT OF THE BOX!
•Box # 1 TROUBLES or hardships
Psalm 138:7 (NIV)
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
Psalm 40:12 (NIV)
12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.
Don’t let hard times keep you in the box. We can do this
Break out of the box of troubles
Psalm 34:17 (KJV)
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles”
•Box # 2 TERROR or fear. Fears of: our future, failure, sickness, war, death. . .
Psalm 33:13 (NLT)“…I am surrounded by terror (fear)…”
Job 22:10 (NLT) “…You are surrounded by sudden fears…”
Break out of the box of terror/fear
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline”
Psalm 56:3 (KJV) “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
•Box # 3 TRADITION or religion
Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
Matthew 15:6 (NLT) “by your own tradition, you nullify the direct commandment of God.”.
Tradition limits our worship. Tradition says you have to worship here,
God says you can worship anywhere.
Tradition says we must sing “these”type of songs,
God’s word says sing a new song unto the Lord.
Tradition says you must be quiet inside that box,
God’s word says break out of the box and make a joyful noise.
Tradition says you must sit still inside of the box,
God’s word says break out of that box and dance before me like David danced before the ark of my presence.