Many times people put limits on God and as a result they do not
receive what they could receive from Him. There are three ways that
people limit God. Sadly, many people do not even realize that they
are limiting God.
The first way that people limit God is by not accepting or believing that He is able and willing to do what He said He would do. The Bible contains many clear promises from God. Each of us has free will to believe or not believe and If you don't believe that He can or that He will, you will not receive from Him.
If you don't want to limit God in your life, then start by accepting that His promises in the Bible are true. He is very willing and very able to perform what He said. We receive His promises when we believe His promises.
Another way of limiting God is by telling Him exactly what He needs to do and how He needs to do it. Some people don't even realize just how arrogant and irreverent they are. They say things like, "God, you just have to do this right now", or "God I need you to give me this amount of money by midnight tonight.
Imagine going to the dentist and telling him exactly what he needs to do for you, how he should do it, and how much time it should take for him to complete the job. Just walk in, give him his orders, and never allowing the dentist to have the freedom to do what he is an expert at. Wouldn't that be arrogant of you?
Now I understand that when we pray we need to give God our
specifics requests. I also know that the Bible teaches us to go to
God holding nothing back; to tell Him all that is on our heart,
even if it is negative. But we still need to show reverence to God
Almighty, don't we?
If we really believe that He can and will help us, then we do our part, which is to ask and believe. We may at times go to God in prayer, upset and discouraged, pouring our heart out to Him, But then we need to let Him do His part, which is to provide, however He sees fit to do it.
Too many times people put God in a box and tell Him exactly how and when He needs to do something. The Bible says, "Let your requests be made known unto God". It doesn't say anything telling God how He is supposed to do it!
The third way we can limit God in our lives is by feeling
unworthy. Countless Christians, because of guilt and condemnation,
do not feel worthy to let God know their requests. They do not
believe that God would do anything for them because of their past
sins, and thus, they limit God in their lives.
Let's get honest for just a moment. Who in and of themselves is really worthy to receive blessings and favor from God Almighty? Who has lived such a perfect life that they are worthy of receiving the promises from the Creator of the heavens and the earth?
None of us are perfect; we all fall short and we all sin. But Jesus Christ has paid the price for all sins. Because of his accomplished work, and since God has raised him from the dead, we have forgiveness of our sins.
Far too many Christians limit God in their lives because they do
not see or understand what Jesus Christ accomplished. Because of
Christ's accomplishments, we now stand righteous before God. We no
longer need to carry the sin, shame, guilt and condemnation. Jesus
Christ paid the price and we have been cleansed.
We can avoid limiting God in our lives by remembering that we are now dear children of God, made righteous in His eyes by Christ's work. We can go to our Father with confidence, pouring out our heart to Him, confident that He will bring His promises to pass for us. And we can be absolutely confident that all His promises are true, and that He is able and willing to bring them to pass for us.
We need to remember that God has unlimited resources. He has ideas and ways of answering our prayers that we have never even thought of. We pray and then look for and expect His answer.
When we believe God we trust Him. We are relying on Him to help and to take care of things. And He is really good at it! He's been doing it for a long, long time for those who trust and believe Him.
Ask Him for His help, and ask reverently, acknowledging Who He
is. Don't put any limits on Him by telling Him what you think He
ought to do. And see yourself as His dear child, knowing it is His
desire to bless your life.We have to learn to take the limits off
God. We are limited but God is unlimited. He can take our
limitations, mix it with His limitlessness, and perform great and
mighty works in and through us; however, we must be willing to be a
vessel that He can use. We must be willing to say "yes" to God
continually, not when we "feel" like it. It is up to us to make the
decision to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through us,
doing whatsoever He chooses to do.
Many times the Lord leads us in ways that make absolutely no sense in the natural or to our flesh. What we need to understand is that God is not "natural" nor is He flesh and blood. He is a Spirit and the things of the Spirit of God are without limitations, and the Spirit, knows all things, sees all things and is present everywhere.
Our natural minds are limited to what it can see, feel, hear, taste, and touch. In the natural, we cannot see beyond the five senses and what we know from our personal experiences of the world and our environments. God, however, moves and sees far beyond our experiences and senses. He is far greater than our experiences or circumstances. God can and does exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask, think, or even imagine.
If our prayers are to be used by God, then make a decision; make a choice to allow God to do whatever He chooses to do. Obviously, if He is telling us to do something He knows we can do it, because He is the One who has equipped us for the assignment. We do not have to do anything, (anymore) in our own strength. Jesus is the strength of our lives and we can do all things through Him who strengthens us.
Whatever God has called us to do remember that He will provide everything we will need to get the work done! He will provide whatever resources, finances, and the people to help us get the job done. Whatever He calls us to do, He is obligated to finish it and furnish whatever resources you need. God will not be able to do it through us if we are not willing. God gave us a free will and He will not make us do anything. If we are disobedient to what God is calling us to do, we risk the blessings and anointing that comes through obedience to God; and He will simply find another willing, obedient vessel (person) who will carry out His divine plan. Prayer: May God grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose
Remember the story in the Bible of the woman whose husband died
leaving her and two sons with some debt? In that culture, it was
legal for the creditor to come and take away the two sons and have
them work until the debt was paid off. That scenario would of
course been disastrous for the widow.
She needed money to pay that debt. And again, in that culture, she couldn't just go out and get a job. So how or where was she to acquire the funds necessary to pay off the debt? The solution that God provided was so far outside of the "nine dots" that it is truly remarkable.
The only thing of value that she had was a little bit of olive oil in a cruse. The first part of the solution was to borrow as many empty vessels as she could. The second part of the solution was to then fill those empty vessels from her little cruse of oil.
The miracle was that she kept filling and filling until all the empty vessels were filled with oil. The third part of the solution was to then sell all that oil. The money she received was enough to pay all the debt, and, she had enough left over for her and her sons to live.
Of course someone might say, "Well, that's nice for her, but God would certainly never do something like that for me today." For those who think that way and believe that way, they are right; He won't.
Why do we choose to live outside of the supernatural? Why do we dismiss the miraculous? Why do we limit God and simply put Him into a box, a box that we have designed?
The God of the Bible is a God of unlimited resources and endless possibilities. Do we believe that He has run out of the ability to provide solutions? Do we propose that the only solutions He has are solutions that we can conceive?
For those who come to that point, their prayer life has become that of simply giving God orders. They tell God what the situation is, and then they tell Him how He is supposed to fix it. And when He doesn't comply, people get discouraged and think that He no longer answers prayers.
We are instructed in Scriptures to tell God what our need is. We are to let Him know our requests. We are to cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us. But where does it say we are to then tell Him how and when to answer?
It is a great joy to me in my life when God answers a prayer in a way that I would have never considered. Every time it happens I am reminded once again that He is God Almighty. I am reminded that He is a God of endless solutions and possibilities.
God does not always answer a prayer in a way that you would have never imagined. But the point is, we need to let God be God and allow Him to do His part however He sees fit.
Our part is to pray; to ask; to let Him know what we need. Jesus taught that we should always pray and not faint, in other words, continue to pray. And it is also our part to believe when we pray. We believe that He will answer our prayer.
If we truly believe and have confidence in God to answer our prayers, then we with patience look for and expect an answer. We have our eyes open for possibilities and solutions that we may have never have even imagined.
No matter what situation you may be in, never doubt God's ability. He has unlimited resources. He has solutions that you have never even dreamed of. He is, after all, God Almighty.