THE TRAPS OF STAGNATION – Pastor David Ifechukwu

The Trap of Tradition.
Change is constant. The world is changing. Cultures are changing. It would be unwise to underestimate it or ignore it.
The people who do wake up one day and discover they’ve been left behind.
The key to staying relevant is to constantly reinvent yourself.
No man wants to be obsolete. No one wants to be irrelevant. God placed something inside you; an in-built drive to be successful and significant. No matter what you’ve accomplished you will always be hungry for more.
Success isn’t a destination, it’s an ever expanding journey.
For you to achieve a level you’ve never attained before, you must do something you’ve never done before. It is madness to perform the same routine and expect a different result.
But one reason many people get left behind when change comes is because of the traps of stagnation.
These traps are natural and most times unrecognized in people’s lives, but they can keep a man fixed and stagnated in life.
One of such traps is the trap of tradition.
The trap of tradition:
When you notice that what you used to do and get results is no more working, and yet you just keep doing it.
If God is going to move you forward, you must allow Him break the hold of what you used to have or do.
Peter was one man who God had to move from the place of tradition. Acts 10:1-23
In the Jewish religion, there are things known and taught to be ceremonially unclean. When Peter had the vision of the sheet let down from heaven, God was challenging his mindset about what was acceptable and unacceptable.
The Law that God gave was more about the principles than written letters. If the same God who gave you the law comes and tells you to do away with it and follow a new path, you must do so.
The trap of tradition keeps a man holding on to something of the past when God is already on the move. By so doing they miss out on the New that God is bringing forth.
The Gospel could not reach Cornelius and the Gentiles until God dealt with the mindset of tradition in Peter. The minute it was done, Peter was in the right position to do what God wanted- He was in tune with the move of God at that moment.
Rather than sticking to a thing because of sentiments, you must become value and productivity oriented. If something has no value, there is no need to continue with it. If it’s not working, let it go. The question should not be if it’s just right or wrong, it should also be:
Is it working?
Is it beneficial?
Is it improving you?
Are you growing?
What is God doing? Am I in the center of God’s will for the moment?
Challenge your mindsets and beliefs in every sphere of your life.
Is this working? Or am I hanging on sentiments and what used to be?
Allow the Holy Spirit to point out the obsolete; the weights that hold you back. Let go where He says to. And embrace what He is doing now!
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19
I pray that there be a release of fresh inspiration for new dimensions in your life. I declare that you are moving from glory to glory in Jesus Name.

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