Many of us can limit God without even being aware of it. We may do this because of what we were taught growing up or because we are adapting to the norms of society. We can live our entire lives without doing what God has called us to do, but getting rid of our expectations removes all limitations and allows us to do everything he has called us to do. In the Old Testament, two spies were sent to scout out the land God promised the children of Israel, but they came back with a bad report because of their negative thinking. Just like them, we can limit ourselves if we think we are inferior or unable to do what God tells us to do. We are the head and not the tail, and the apple of his eye, but this will not benefit us unless we banish fear and doubt and believe what he tells us.A. Our minds and thoughts are powerful. We must not limit ourselves.
- For as he thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
- We must analyze our thoughts.
- The enemy wants to contain us, but we must break down any walls of containment in our lives.
- Our belief determines whether we see God’s glory (John 11:40).
- Do not be conformed to this world, this age, fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs. Be transformed by the entire renewal of your mind, by its new ideals and new attitude, so that you may prove for yourselves what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, in his sight for you (Romans 12:2, AMPC).
- We must always be in the process of metamorphosis and evolution. God did not call us to remain the same.
- Heaven’s resources for us are limitless and inexhaustible.
- They turned back and tempted God, and limited the holy one of Israel (Psalm 78:41).
- We can never exhaust God’s resources and power in our lives, but the people put limits on him by turning back.
- It is God who calls us to do things bigger than ourselves. It is not about us, but about him.
- He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others.
- The men who went up with him said, we are not able to go up against them, for they are stronger than us. They brought up an evil report of the land, saying, the land which we have gone through to search it, is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof, and all the people we saw in it are men of great stature. And there we saw giants, the sons of Anak, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight (Numbers 13:31-33).
- The spies did not know the truth about themselves; they simply assumed they were inferior because that was how they regarded themselves.
- The congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. All the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the congregation said, would God that we had died in Egypt! Would God we had died in this wilderness! Joshua and Caleb said, if the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people, for they are bread for us. Their defense is departed from them, and God is with us. But the congregation said to stone them (Numbers 14:1, 2, 8-10).
- The people grumbled and did not want to hear what Caleb and Joshua had to say.
- The journey to the Promised Land was supposed to take eleven days. Because the people were so caught up in inferior thinking, it took forty years.
- Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and that your body may keep well, even as I know your soul keeps well and prospers (3 John 1:2, AMPC).
- This is God’s will for our lives.
- A well soul is one that realizes that God has no limits. It has proper alignment with his plan.
- When God spoke to Abraham, he had to remove the limitations in his thinking and step out into the unknown. Abraham had to trust God.
- God made a promise to Abraham, and Abraham did not turn back. His faith was strong (Romans 4:20).
- God can even remove limitations in our physical health and make it perfect (Deuteronomy 34:7).
- We must think like God thinks and see ourselves as God sees us. We are precious and valuable in his eyes. We are the focus of his delight and the object of his affection.
- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
- I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows right well (Psalm 139:14).
- Then Peter opened his mouth and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).
- God is fair and equitable with everyone. He does not distinguish between genders.
- Jesus came to remove every wrong belief people had about women that limited them.
- Until he came, men were referred to as sons of Abraham and women were excluded. He was the first person to refer to a woman as a daughter of Abraham (Luke 13:16).
- The longest recorded conversation Jesus had during his earthly ministry was with the woman at the well (John 4:4-26).
- In the Old Testament, husbands had all the rights, and they could divorce their wives at any time for any reason. Jesus restored balance in marital relationships (Mark 10:2-12).
- Rahab the harlot was also mentioned along with a number of men who had performed acts of great faith (Hebrews 11:31). God used her; he can also use us.
Romans 12:2, AMPC
Numbers 14:1, 2, 8-10
3 John 1:2, AMPC