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Breaking Through to the Next Level
By Joel Osteen - Jul 01, 2011

One of the battles we all have to fight in life is the battle of containment. The enemy doesn't want you to go any further. He can't do anything about the ground that you've already gained. He'll give you that. But what he doesn't want is for you to advance. His goal is to keep you contained. That's why it can be very difficult to press through to a new level. There are forces working overtime to try to keep us where we are.

Many people are too easily satisfied. They've seen God's goodness and blessing in their health, family and career. But now it's like they've hit a wall. And instead of stretching and believing for bigger things, they get stuck. They start thinking, "Well, I've done pretty well. I've done as good as my parents. I've gone as far as my education allows." No, the scripture says, "The path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter." We are not supposed to hit one level and get stuck there year after year. The enemy wants to contain us, but God wants to expand us. And no matter how long you've been at a certain level, you need to dig your heels in and say, "I will not stay here. I'm going to keep pressing forward. I will not be contained!" You have to have a made-up mind that where you are today is not where you're going to stay. It may not change overnight. It may take months; maybe even years. But deep down you've got know that God has promotion, increase and new levels in your future. He has something big coming your way!

Today, if you feel stuck, know that everyone experiences those feelings on the way to greatness. That's called "the trial of your faith." It's a period of testing. Don't get discouraged and settle where you are and think, "Well, this doesn't work for me; I've tried it for two months." No, you've got to be in it for the long haul. Don't get stuck in your thinking. Victory starts in your mind by agreeing with God and His Word. You may not see a way in the natural, but the good news is that we aren't limited by the natural because we serve a supernatural God! He has explosive blessings that can thrust you to a new level. So keep believing, keep hoping and keep praying today because it's your time to break through to a new level!

So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7, NLT).

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