It's Time To Get Rid Of Your Old Shoes

Sunday, August 28, 2016

old shoes
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Moses taking his shoes off at the burning bush in Exodus 3. When God told him to take his shoes off, he wasn't confronting him about his lack of holiness. He was confronting him about his future. Moses' shoes represented a past he was running from, a present he was settling for, and a future he had forgotten. When Moses took his shoes off he was stepping out of what he was and stepping into what God had destined him to be.

For us, the challenge is threefold:

#1 - God is challenging us to step out of what we could have been.

It's time to walk away from the missed opportunities, the broken dreams, the past mistakes and failures and step into something much better. Those things don't define you and as long as you continue to walk in those old shoes you will never be able to step into the reality of how God defines you.

#2 - God is challenging us to step out of what we have become.

Without realizing it we can settle for so much less than what God has designed for us. What we have become may not be bad but it might not be the best. It's time to walk away from status-quo living and pursue more. What Moses had become, a husband to Zipporah, and son-in-law to Jethro, the priest of Midian, wasn't bad. It was a good thing but it was just a layover to a bigger destination God had for him--the Deliverer of Israel. To step into that he had to step out of the old shoes of a sheep herder.

#3 - God is challenging us to step into what He has birthed us for.

He has a spectacular plan for you that involves so much more than what you can see or even imagine. It's time to step out of the ordinary and step into the supernatural life He has waiting for you. This requires a bold step of faith to step out of everything you know, the way you have always done things, and step into a way of life and an identity that God has fashioned for you.

When Moses walked away from the burning bush he was never the same again. No longer was his life on a path that was leading him farther away from his destiny, but was now realizing his path of destiny and deliverance. What about you? Do you need to step out of some old shoes today? What is God calling you to step into? Go for it. The first step is the hardest, but once you take it, you will never look back and not only will you never be the same again,  but countless people in your path will never be the same either.
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