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The Last Step's a "Doozy"

Read this blog post by Bethel Christian Center

Merriam Webster defines a "doozy" as "an extraordinary one of its kind." The final step of anything is a big accomplishment, and it is sometimes referred to as "taking the plunge," symbolizing diving off into the water. Anticipation makes that final step the toughest. With many things, the farther you go the more difficult it gets until you finally accomplish that last step.

This week at Bethel, Pastor Don teaches us to wrestle with pursuing an awareness of God's revealed power in these three main areas:

Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Luke 5:17 NKJV

# 1 - The Fourth Dimension

There's more to life than meets the eye, literally!

The world you experience is all in three dimensions, but what about things you can't experience with your five senses? The Spiritual cannot be accounted for in these scientific expressions of perceived depth, width, and length. When we engage with God by prayer and reading His Word, we become more aware of all that is truly going on around us.

#2- The Red Zone

Down, Set, Hut!

These words come before the hike of a football and precede a massive explosion of physical collisions and extreme effort on both sides. This effort is only magnified the closer and closer the football gets to end-zone. In the Red Zone, football teams have to exert the most effort because the field is shortened with the action more compact.

This principle holds true in the unseen spiritual realm - take a listen to the podcast (linked below) to hear about the spiritual truth of pushing through to the end.

#3 - Stepping Out in Faith to God

Every aspect of our walk with God requires faith: the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Speaking that first word of confession, reaching out for that first relationship of accountability, and choosing the things of God in any particular circumstance, all require faith. Faith is not easy, but things that are easy are rarely worthwhile. The status quo is no longer enough! Let's press forward!

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:24-28 NKJV

Taking that last step may be difficult, but it's also the most rewarding. If you have a question about this week's sermon, or would like to personally talk to someone about a related topic, don't hesitate - contact us today! We would love to meet with you!

We hope that you will consider this week's message in greater depth in the days ahead and meditate on God's Word. You can find the sermon below.

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