FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 20, 2014) -- We need to thank God for our lives. Thank Him for all He has delivered us from since the year began. When God says to His children, “He will do a new thing,” it means we will move to a level of freedom we have never known before. It also means that God is about to surprise our enemies beyond recovery. The Lord is starting a new thing in our lives, families, businesses, and ministries. Are we prepared for it? Or are the stepping stones in our lives preventing us from moving forward? Then what are stepping stones?

The Webster dictionary describes a stepping stone as: a large flat stone that you step on to cross a stream: something that helps you get or achieve something. Our negative life’s experiences should be considered as stepping stones and not a hindrance for us to cross to the other side to prosperity. Remember, the builders rejected the chief cornerstone, and yet He still stayed mission focused regardless of what was in His way. Satan does not want us to overcome our stepping stones in life. He wants us to continue to revisit all that is negative to keep us in bondage. His job is for us not to visualize a new beginning, and to never ascend to the other side. If we allow him to succeed in our lives, our stepping stones become ones we literally pick up. Examine the stones as “stuff in your life.” If you were to pick up all the “stuff in your life” and carry it around daily with you, never releasing the anxieties or confusion, these stones will become burdensome. They will be heavy and could possibly lead you into depression or even suicidal thoughts. I suggest you throw them down and not pick them up, but allow that “stuff” of yours to become stepping stones.

So what do you fear? We need to realize that real success is built on failures. Having faith is not so much the absence of fear, as it is moving ahead in spite of our fears. Sometimes faith is doing the thing we fear the most. So, we need to stop worrying about what others may say or think. The Bible says, in Proverbs 29:25: “If you are afraid of people, it will trap you. But if you trust in the Lord, he will keep you safe.” (New International Reader’s Version)

His word states He will keep you safe when you trust Him and neither the stones that people throw at you or the stuff you go through will hurt you. Do not give power to the past. Let it go. By all means, stop holding onto things, grudges, people or circumstances that you cannot change. Instead, look to the new things that God is going to do! This means that God is far more interested in our future than He is our past. It is called a stepping stone and He wants to give us help to the other side by exercising our hope and encouragement. When you understand that we all have a past and sometimes things are not going so good, it is then you can begin to ask GOD for forgiveness and learn from your past mistakes. It is then that you can look forward to the new things that the Lord will do in your life. Remember, some people will never act in faith because they have been paralyzed by the fear of past failures and mistakes. But if you will throw down your stones you will find that they become stepping stones to your future.