You have an image on the inside of you of who you are and what you can do. That image is actually like a ceiling, or limit, on God’s power and provision in your life. Scripture says that you are an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20), but how can you represent Him if you see yourself as finite?
The Lord spoke to me on January 31, 2002, that my small thinking was limiting what He wanted to do through me (Ps. 78:41). So, I began the process of changing the way I saw myself. For years, I thought I had really done well changing the image on the inside of me. Then, in 2014, the Lord spoke to me again about my thinking, saying that it was still too small.
Although I have seen huge increases in every area of my life, God is bigger still. I am on fire for the things He has been showing me, and I’m more excited about the future than I’ve ever been. But I don’t believe this is limited to me. I believe that the Lord has more for every one of us. But to experience it, we need to stretch ourselves—both for our sakes and for others’. God has plans for each of us that exceed what we are experiencing (Jer. 29:11).
One of the greatest limits to what God can do in our lives is when we compare ourselves with one another. The latter part of 2 Corinthians 10:12 says,
But they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
In this verse, Paul wasn’t saying that we can’t be inspired by seeing what God is doing in others. Rather, he was specifically saying that we should not judge things according to the flesh. And he was one to know. In stature and speech, Paul wasn’t the greatest (2 Cor. 10:10). But it didn’t matter to him. He didn’t let his small size and lack of eloquence limit what God could do through him. Paul took the limits off God and literally changed the world. Two thousand years later, we are still benefiting from the revelations the Lord gave him.
That’s the way I want my life to be. How about you? If you’ve been judging yourself according to the flesh, if you’ve been comparing yourself with others, you can change the way you see yourself and start believing God for big things!
You need to stir yourself up. I know it takes a lot of effort to keep swimming upstream, hardly stopping to rest and constantly dealing with the possibility of failure. Sometimes it just seems better to take the easy route and hold off on changing things. But that’s why you need to have a purpose. You need to strive toward something bigger than yourself, something that drives you.
I tell you, if you catch on fire for God, the world will come watch you burn. Everybody loves a fire. It captivates people. And people will be drawn to you once you step out into your purpose.
God wants to reveal to you His plans and purposes for your life more than you want to know them. Ephesians 5:17 tells us, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
The Lord wants to reveal His will to you, but in order to receive that understanding, you have to remove your limits. Don’t evaluate yourself on just your carnal or outward qualities. You are a new person in the spirit, and you can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13).
One of the great ways God reveals His will to you is through your desires.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
What is it that you really want to do? If there were no limits—if money wasn’t a factor, if age didn’t matter, if God gave you supernatural ability—what is it that would really make you feel like you are making a difference? If you are truly delighting yourself in the Lord, then that desire you have is from the Lord. Go for it. Give God something to work with. Set your hand to something so He can bless it (Deut. 28:8). Start taking steps. Before you know it, you’ll have moved a long way from where you are now and much closer to where God wants you to be.
I, for one, am going for it. I don’t want any gas left in my tank when it’s my turn to leave this world. I’m reaching as far and as deep with the Gospel of God’s grace as I can, and I’m finding great satisfaction and joy in trying to take all the limits off God. I encourage you to do the same.
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These truths have radically changed my life, and I know they will change yours too. Thank you for your friendship with Jamie and me.