Tony Bohrer: Turning my stumbling block into a steppingstone
April 18, 2013
At the end of the story of Joseph in Genesis 50, he reminds us that sometimes, God has the ability to turn into good what was meant for bad.
On the path we call life, there are mountaintops, and there are valleys. Then, there are pits, and those pits sometimes are dug by us, and other times, we are thrown in by someone else.
Jesus had done nothing wrong when the soldiers came into the garden to get him, but he used the stumbling block the devil put in front of him as a steppingstone to set the people in this world free from their sins. We have to understand that those stumbling blocks in our path actually are steppingstones to rise higher in God. We need to stop detouring our lives every time we see a stumbling block. We need to start walking toward it and begin to use it as a steppingstone.
There are 3 major stumbling blocks in life:
It is one of those battles that a lot of people struggle with. We don't feel worthy for the Lord to use us or for other people to love us. We have to understand it is because of Jesus that we are worthy not because of us. You are wonderfully made in his image.
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My stumbling block of low self-esteem is turned into a steppingstone when I realize that I am created perfectly in his image. My destiny is in his hands. Do not listen to the enemy or anyone else. You are perfectly created by a God who cares about your soul. Stop allowing Hollywood to dictate your beauty.
Fear of failure
Nobody likes to fail. We have to understand that failure is part of life, but quitting is not an option. Fear cannot keep us from moving forward. We have to get the "what ifs" out of our vocabulary. Get up and try again. The God I serve is a God of second chances. Peter said he never would deny God, and he did three times, and God didn't write him off; he anointed him.
Exodus 4:1: "And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee."
Moses probably was afraid of being considered either a fool or a fraud. We as a people cannot allow cynics and critics in the church or out of the church to make us detour the direction we are headed. If God has called you, do not worry about failing.
"Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world"
The truth is that the fear of failure stops us from achieving because it stops us from trying. There isn't anyone who has lived life without failing at some time. It's not about how many times you fall; it's about how many times you get back up.
Focusing on weakness
When you make an excuse for your weakness, you are telling God your weakness is bigger than he is. Your weakness is God's strength.
2 Corinthians 12:10: "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
Your weakness is not a stumbling block; it is a steppingstone for you to go where God has called you to go. You become strong when you rely on the strength of God.
Tony Bohrer is the pastor at Lighthouse Church.