September 7, 2014 | Reaching Our Full Potential
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
Who will you be tomorrow? A year from now? When you die? We must charge forward or we’ll never realize our full potential that God left us here to become for His glory!
The mediocre men of Manasseh did not fully possess their land. The 12 tribes of Israel were each divided a portion of the land to take control of, but Manasseh did not, for several reasons:
- Lack of obedience will keep you from being all you can be.
- “Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region. 13 However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely” (v. 12-13).
- Incomplete obedience is disobedience.
- They tried to control the Canaanites: “However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely” (v. 13).
- For the child of God there should not be one sin that has dominion over you.
Arrogant pride (v. 14).
“Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the LORD has blessed us abundantly.”
- Pride is a deceptive sin.
“I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13).
- Pride is a deadly sin.
- “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor” (Proverbs 29:23).
- “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
- “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
- “Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out” (v. 17-18).
Don’t ask God for more of anything if you aren’t doing right by what He’s already given you.
Clear the clutter and then the corruption.
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