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5:25 AM   [25 Mar 2018 | Sunday]

Why are You Limiting God?

   Have you ever looked at the vastness of creation and considered the enormity of it all?  Perhaps it’s a mountain range with all its majesty, or the vastness of the universe, filled with countless galaxies and the billions of stars in each one. What about the intricacies found in a single leaf of a plant?  The idea that every snowflake is unique, and how many are in a single snowfall?  There are countless facts and figures about creation that would totally blow our minds if we tried to take in all in.  What’s the point to these questions?  It would be easy to think creation is greater than our Creator; but, it’s God’s creation.  Creation is never greater than the Creator.  In fact, the Bible tells us that the heavens cannot contain Him, much less the earth.  1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!  His greatness is unsearchable!  Hebrews 1:10 And, You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Your hands (see also Psalms 102:25).

   With all this in mind, why do we limit Him in our lives?  Come on, be honest, do you limit Him?  “God can do anything!”  Yes, He can; except one thing: lie (see Hebrews 6:18)!  His very nature (love, holiness, righteousness, goodness, justice, et. al.) prevents Him from lying.  Some say, “He can do anything, but will He do anything for me?”  Apart from His perfect will for our lives, which definitely impacts what He does for us, what else interferes with His working in our lives?  Perhaps better stated, who interferes?  The devil is not the answer here.  Some of you give him far too much credit and power in your life.  That’s a different lesson; but suffice to say, it is easy to shift personal responsibility onto him.  If you want God to truly work in your life, you need to be honest about where you are in the faith and your relationship with Him.

   One of the ways people limit God is over-focusing on the mountain before them.  In some cases, it’s a manmade mountain; not God’s creation.  You may have created a mess by some bad decision or succumbing to temptation, but you are still His creation.  That means your creation is not greater than The Creator!   Aside from trying to punish yourself for the mess you made, why would you not expect Him to help you?  He did say, “Ask!”  It is in the Bible.  Do you honestly believe whatever you face, regardless of origin, is too big for God?  Has His arm become too short to reach or deliver you?  Do you believe because you cannot figure things out, He can’t?  Jesus said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

   Maybe it really comes down to, “Will He?”  After all, it is written, “What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him” (Psalms 8:4)?  Yet, Scripture says, “Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people.  He makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children.  Praise the Lord!” (Psalms 113:5-9).  “Would this great God of the universe really get involved in my life –little ol’ me?”  Absolutely!  Has it occurred to you that while all things were created to glorify Him, He uses creation to reveal His love for you?  Psalm 108:4 For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the skies.  Before mankind walked the earth, God put everything in place on it to sustain us; otherwise, we could not have survived if we were the first to be created (naturally speaking).  Consider the words of Jesus.

   “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:25-33).

   God knew what you would face before you were born.  Since He loves you and is redemptive by nature, He made provision for it.  When Jesus healed the leaper in Luke five, Jesus revealed the desire to see you well.  Luke 5:12-13 While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.  Jesus went about doing good at the pleasure of our Father.  Hmm.  It pleases Father to bless people.  It pleases Him to bless you!  Jesus paid the ultimate price for your blessings.  That makes you worthy to receive them.  It would be unjust to refuse His help, especially since He has freely offered it to you.

   Change your focus, and you will see different results.  Ask for wisdom, and He will give it to you (see James 1:5-7).  Have faith in God and say unto the mountain, “Be thou removed” (see Mark 11:22-23)!  See what happens.  God is good and He is good all the time!

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