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23. Burn the Boats

June 09, 2017

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Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Romans 8:37

In the 1519, Spanish Explorer Cortez landed on the shores of the Yucatan with 11 ships and over 500 people on board. He knew of the danger, adventure and risk in front of him. Once ashore, he instructed his men to burn the boats, eliminating the possibility of backing out and leaving unfinished business. Cortez did not come up with this idea on his own. When Alexander the Great arrived on the shores of the Persian Empire years earlier, he instructed his men to burn the boats. “We either go home in Persian Ships, or we do not go home at all.”

The resolve of both these leaders led them to make decisions in confidence and take risks to advance their cause forward. As Christians, we have a great cause in front of us. Jesus instructed us to make disciples of all nations. This requires risk, innovation and a lot of adventure. There are times when the enemy can try to bring fear of the unknown or shame from our past back into our lives to keep us from fully taking the risks God has for us. It’s like we have arrived in uncharted areas of faith, anchoring the boats of our past for a quick getaway.

The Bible tells us that we are more than conquerors through Jesus. As the captain of our lives, we can fully trust Jesus to lead us through every risk, adventure and unknown territory. Because we are more than conquerors in everything, when he directs us, we can burn the boats of fear and shame. Are you ready to conquer new shores? Are you ready to burn your boats?

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