How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.” (Psalm 78:40-42 KJV)
Until our self-imposed lid is taken off, we will not take the lead in destiny. Most times, it’s not our fears that limit us but our unbelief of the limitless possibilities of the power of God at work in the believer. Sadly, the unbelief is made stronger by the blind and binding belief in the deceptive power of the devil. Thereby, minimising God and magnifying the devil.
The great minstrel, Don Moen captured this message in his all-time gospel hit, “Be Magnified.” The first four lines go thus:
“I have made You too small in my eyes
O Lord, forgive me;
I have believed in a lie
That You were unable to help me…”
God is Omnipotent, and everything is possible with Him. Howbeit, there are some negative attitudes and beliefs that can limit the God of all possibilities. Some of these attitudes and beliefs are identified from our text.
1. Murmuring and complaining.
Murmuring and complaining cannot allow you to see the possibilities in seeming challenges or adverse situations. It numbs spiritual sensitivity and separates its victim from the awesome Presence of God.
2. Grieving the Holy Spirit.
Nothing grieves a loved one like lack of trust. When we don’t trust the Holy Spirit to help us or keep to His promises, it grieves Him. Also, when we do things that are antithetical to our faith in Christ or abuse His temple – our bodies, He is grieved. And this could affect our peace and confidence to access our unlimited Father.
It’s impossible to tap into the limitless and boundaryless power of God without faith. The gospel of possibilities cannot profit anybody with unbelief. Even the Son of God could not perform any notable miracle in his home town because of their unbelief.
You can’t be indifferent about God and His Kingdom and expect God to defer to His Word on your behalf. Indifference is worse than unbelief and in real terms, the actual opposite of belief. This is because you’ve already experienced God but chose to be indifferent. You limit your chance of being different and being deferred by your indifference to God and His Word.
Ingratitude is a major limiter and at the root of every limitation. It’s a thread that runs through all the limiting factors. And nothing attracts the curse of the law like ingratitude. It takes a grateful heart to access the grace for greatness from the Great God.
6. Negative confession.
Your confession is your possession! Your words have the capacity to shape your world. Your negative words will limit God and the angels in their functions. The Preacher sums it up, “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?” (Eccl.5:6)
7. Man’s wrong timing.
Most times, we use our own very limited timing to judge the timeliness of God. We get frustrated and give up when things don’t work out within our own expected timing. God makes all things beautiful in His time. He lives outside of time and space; we can’t cage him in our very finite minds to our own timing. God is not slack concerning His promises as men would count slackness. Trust Him to perform those possibilities at His right time. Hear this: Those time bound goals may cease to be valuable after accomplishment, but our timeless God and Words remain eternally valuable.
I charge you therefore, as we come to the twilight of 2018 and the dawn of 2019, commit to dealing with these negative limiting attitudes and with the help of the Holy Spirit, embrace the possibilities of exactitude of the knowledge of Christ.
It’s the dawn of a new day for you!
To a new year of unlimited possibilities,