If you ever find yourself saying, “Oh, God can’t do that,” or “I don’t think God will do this for me,” you have a limited concept of God. Jesus said, “All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23b). What’s holding God back from moving in your life? Do you also have “faith” in your own human limitations? “Faith” is what you believe in — negative or positive. True faith, is faith in the unlimited promises of God. If you believe God’s Word, but also believe you are limited in what you can have from God, then one “faith” is crossing out the other, and God can’t move in your life.
Can our own negative “faith” actually limit God? Jesus often asked people if they believed He could do what they were asking Him to do. When He said, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matt. 9:29b), he was showing us that although He is not limited in what He can give or do, our lack of faith limits what we can receive.
Not only do we project our human limitations onto God, but we often have a very limited concept of God Himself. One group of Christians believes that God can save, but not heal. Another group dwells on God’s holiness, but not enough on His mercy and grace. Many denominations are focused on only one aspect of God. Their God is not very big. We restrict our faith by reducing God down until we see only a little of what He really is. God is the Almighty One, the Lord God, El-Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One. He is everything. He is only limited, because we limit Him in our thinking.
The first step to freeing ourselves from “faith” in our own limitations is to take a bigger look at God. As we magnify and exalt Him, we will understand that anything is possible! He is unlimited. He is not handicapped by our limitations. He can do anything! Therefore, He can bring His perfect will to pass in our lives.
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Do you feel the devil is hindering you? Consciously or unconsciously, you’ve accepted a belief that God is limited. Satan has no power except what he persuades you to believe he has. Scripturally, the devil is a defeated foe; Christ has already won the battle over him. Therefore, the only thing that gives him any power is your unbelief. It’s not God, or even the devil, who is limiting us; we limit ourselves.
If you “believe” God can’t or won’t do something, you will probably never see it happen. Let’s refuse to limit God or what He can do for us or through us. Imagine what the Lord could be to us, and do with us, if we stopped imposing our limitations on Him. He’s a lot bigger than we think.
The Rev. Anne Barber, pastor of My Father’s House Church, 7215 U.S. 301 N. Ellenton. can be reached at 776-9016. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald.