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For years, it was believed that no one would ever run one mile in under four minutes. Many had tried, but failed. Most believed that the human body could not be developed to break that barrier.

Roger Bannister, however, was different. He didn't let that barrier stop him. He was so convinced it could be done that he continued to push the limits.

On May 6, 1954, it happened - at the age of twenty-five, Roger Bannister beat the clock and made history. He proved that the human body could withstand the pace and run one mile in under four minutes. Soon afterward, many others broke the barrier once believed impossible.

Like the four-minute mile, the sound barrier seemed like an impenetrable wall. When a pilot came close to the speed of sound, his airplane began to shake so violently he thought it would disintegrate.

Then, on October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager stepped into an X-1 and once again history was made. Although it was a rough ride up to the sound barrier, he found a smooth and quiet ride on the other side.

Breaking Spiritual Barriers
There has been a similar barrier erected against the Body of Christ. It is a barrier designed to contain and prevent believers from moving into the magnitude of strength and victory Jesus made available.

These limitations can affect every area of a Christian's life. I call it the battle of containment. Satan erects barriers that are designed to stop you and keep you from advancing in life.

One of the barriers the enemy erects is in the area of finances. We receive prayer requests from all over the world, and one of the most frequent requests we receive is in the area of finances.

Financial pressure is one of the major causes of strain in marriage, distress in families, and frustration in many of God's people. God's Word instructs believers how to overcome pressure and break down the barriers of lack.

The Promise of No Lack
As God led the children of Israel through the wilderness, He spoke to them in detail about the promised land. In Deuteronomy 8:9, He said, "A land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing." This land was a place where there would be abundance - lack would be conquered.

God's plan for believers is revealed through His promises. He has promised you just what He promised the children of Israel - you will lack nothing!

As Israel began the transition from life in the wilderness to the land promised to Abraham, God instructed Joshua regarding what he must do to prosper.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
(Josh. 1:5-8)
God said be strong, be courageous and observe all that is written. Their success was determined, not by God alone, but by their obedience to God's instructions. He said they must meditate in the Word and keep it in their mouth.

Seek First God's Kingdom
Jesus made a powerful statement about the effect your priorities have on material success. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matt. 6:33).

Your first priority must be to seek God and His ways, then you will be in position to see His power released. God always expects your priorities to be His priorities. Then, all of these other "things" can be added to you.

The things (i.e., material blessings) are not the problem, God wants you to have things. The point He is making is that proper order of your priorities must be maintained.

You must also continue to say what the Word says about your present situation, your past and your future. By doing so, you literally begin to activate the plan of God for your life - increase and abundance! Through diligent application of the laws of God, you make your way prosperous.

A prosperous life comes only after your total commitment and obedience to God. There can be no real success while living in disobedience. Your soul must prosper, then you can prosper in all other areas. "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 1:2).

Before any other part of your life can increase, your spiritual life must prosper. By meditating in the Word and guarding it in your heart, your inner life will flourish. Prosperity flows from the inside out. Your ways must become God's ways and your thoughts like His thoughts.

Your first priority in life is to increase in your relationship with God. Your second priority is to your personal self-esteem. It is hard to obtain and to maintain a breakthrough if you do not see yourself in the light of God's Word. Your third priority is to prosper in your family relationships. It is vitally important to maintain these priorities if other areas of your life are to increase.

Source: Breaking Financial Barriers by Dennis Burke   
Excerpt permission granted by Dennis Burke Ministries

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