Take The Limits Off Of God
How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness! How often they caused him grief in the desert! Again and again they tested God, and they pushed the Holy One of Israel to the limit.
Psalm 78:40-41 GW
Are you aware that Believers can hinder God from blessing us as richly as He desires? Doubt, unbelief and failure to look beyond our own circumstances can keep us from the very best that God intends for us. When we limit what we believe God can do, we limit what God will do.
Dwelling in our present circumstances and the obstacles we face, becoming discouraged and depressed, make no sense. By doing so we limit our blessings and God’s promise to go above and beyond what we could ever ask or think. Our own finite way of thinking demonstrates lack of faith and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Psalm 78:40-42 reminds us of how the Israelites provoked God in the wilderness; they grieved Him and limited the Holy One of Israel by turning their back and tempting Him. They didn’t remember what God had done for them, neither the day that He had delivered them from the enemy.
In their rebellion, trusting God was a great challenge, even when they had repeatedly experienced the miraculous and supernatural power of God. Often, they lacked faith for their current challenge.
The Israelites’ failures of faith occurred because they had failed to renew their minds; they continued to think of themselves as slaves, instead of sons and daughters of God. Having been slaves in Egypt for 400 years, they lost sight of the nature and character of their God. Relying on Him was a challenge for them, so they fell back into their practices of murmuring and complaining. God had showed them daily miracles, but they still refused to walk by faith.
As a result, an 11-day journey through the wilderness took 14,600 days (40 years)! Imagine that you got in your car to go to church and the 30-minute drive turned into a 30-day drive. All that wasted time! How often has this happened to you and me? How many times have we wandered in the wilderness without realizing that murmuring and complaining are not working?
God is a good and loving God who has many miracles prepared for us. But when faced with a new challenge, we tend to forget what He has done for us already. God is the same, today, yesterday and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That statement of His unchanging nature tells us that He wants us to believe in Him wholeheartedly, for we can count on Him!
Often our own attitudes of defeat place limits on what God will do. Everything in His Kingdom operates by faith. If we want to lay hold of His promises, we must remain faithful to our faith! That means believe Him no matter how things appear.
Being faced with apparently impossible situations, is not the time for us to speak words of doubt and unbelief. These are the times for us to go to the Word of God and discover His promises about the situation we are facing.
Exercise your faith and refuse to limit God. Through Him all things are possible. Walking in victory requires that you believe and receive that He can and do what His Word says. Cast off the limits you have placed on God. He who began a good work in you is faithful… (Philippians 1:6).
Will you choose to trust in God’s limitless grace, to stand on His promises from this day forth? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
Ezek 25-27; John 9; Psalm 85
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