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You are a Barrier Breaker
By Joel Osteen - Jul 29, 2016

Too often, we let our environment, how we were raised, or other people's expectations of us set the limits for our life. We adapt to what's around us. If you take the seed of an oak tree and plant it in a two-foot pot, that oak tree will never become what it was created to be. It's not because there's something wrong with the seed, but because of the environment that it's in.

It's easy to fit in, go with the crowd, and be like everyone else, but God didn't create you to be average. He created you to stand out, to go beyond the norm, to leave your mark on this generation. You have seeds of greatness on the inside. You're supposed to go further than the people who raised you. You're supposed to live better, be more successful, and set a new standard. You may be in an environment where people have addictions, low self-esteem, depression or poverty. You can't stop that. But here's the key: don't let that become normal in your thinking. If you accept that as who you are, it will keep you from your destiny. 

Scripture talks about how we are in the world, but we are not of the world. You may be in a limited environment, but you don't have to be of it. Don't let that environment get in you. If you see struggle, lack and poverty long enough, your mind can become conditioned to think, "This is who I am. I'll always struggle. I'll never have enough." No, that's where you are, not who you are. That may be what's been normal. The good news is that you have the power, the favor, the talent, the ability to break out, to go further! God breathed His life into you. He calls you the head and not the tail. Don't let your mind become conditioned for mediocrity. Throw off the limits and be a barrier breaker!

"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" (Matthew 19:26, NIV)
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