How to Live Beyond Your Limitations
Updated: Nov 3
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
What if we could see the “Limit-less” rather than our own limitations? What if those circumstances we see as hopeless are really hope-filled opportunities for God to be glorified in our lives?
We live our lives weighing the risks and benefits of our choices.
“Should I go to college or trade school?”
“Should I get married or wait a while longer?”
“Should I quit my job and move across the country?
When we make decisions, we consider our gifts and talents, our knowledge and education, and our strengths and weaknesses. We look at our limitations and weigh our options.
“Is the risk too high?”
“Do I have what it takes?”
“What if I fall flat on my face?”
Making decisions by considering the potential outcome is wise, for the most part. However, when our limitations cloud our view of the limitless power of God, it’s important we re-evaluate our belief system.
When You Feel Like Giving Up
Our Lord has plans for our good and for the good of our children and loved ones. His hands are not tied behind his back. He is all powerful, all seeing, all knowing. Nothing and no one is beyond his grasp. Rather than focusing on our inabilities to fix our situation, we should shift our gaze and focus onto God and his abilities.
If your circumstances seem bleak, stand firm in your faith. Don’t give up. No matter what you lack, God has unlimited provision available to meet your needs. Your limitations are merely opportunities to see the Lord move mightily in your situation.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
Many of your reading this may have a child or spouse who is in crisis. You are at your wit’s end. You’ve tried everything to help them and are ready to give up. Don’t! Keep praying for them. They have limitless potential because they are created in the image of a limitless God. If they are self-destructing, it may seem their circumstances have brought them to a dead-end, a place of hopelessness, beyond repair. But you serve a God of all possibilities. He is more than able and mighty to save. He will leave the ninety nine to go after the one lost...your one who is lost. Don’t stop believing he hears and answers prayers and is working in their lives.
“Be joyful in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (ESV)
Are you hurting? Sick? Lonely? Broken? Our God has a plan far beyond this present pain and suffering. His eyes are not blind. His ears are not deaf. His arms are not short. He hears your cries for healing. The doctors may not have the answers. But Jesus does.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3 (ESV)
Faith opens our eyes to the Limitless, the invisible, the unseen. It allows us to grasp the unending, all powerful love of a Savior who won’t give up on his children.
Today, let us choose to let go of limited thinking.
“My child who is bound will never be truly free. This is his life sentence. Things will only get worse.”
"My husband left me and the children alone. Our marriage is beyond repair."
“I will always be sick. I will never be free from this pain.”
“God doesn’t care about me. He doesn’t listen to my prayers.”
With God All Things Are Possible
Because God is on our side, he strengthens us to do his will. Where we feel weak, he is strong. When we feel powerless to change, he gives us power to take the next step. When we feel inadequate, he reminds us to trust him and lean into his presence.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 ESV
We choose to see our limitless God and his limitless potential to set us free.
“With God all things are possible. My loved is saved, free, healed, and delivered. He (she) has a sound mind. He (she) is transformed and restored in Jesus name.”
“God can heal the damage that has been done to my marriage."
“Jesus cares about my suffering. He is my healer and comforter.”
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)
We limit our faith to what we see around us, what the experts tell us, and what our life experiences have revealed to us. But, God is able to do so much more than we can imagine. This is not a “name it and claim it kind of faith.” This is believing beyond the barriers of our own limited beliefs and experiences. So, while we do not always see the answers to our prayers in the way we had hoped for, in Jesus we can have a limitless faith to believe that with him all things are possible.