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Don't Limit God

Don't Limit God

          Psalm 78:41-42-- “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power, the day that He redeemed them from the enemy.”

           In my study of the Word of God, I see that God is a good God. Psalm 34:8. I know He wants to do good things for us. Psalm 84:11 – “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

           He places conditions on many of His promises and one of them is that we walk uprightly before Him. In other words, walk or live according to His Word. We should do this out of our love for Him and to please Him.

1 John 5:3-- “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

           Just like the God of Israel, God wants to manifest His power to us on a daily basis. However, there are things that are going on in our lives that limit His power in our lives.

           I want you to know and remember that God has never changed. God is immutable. He does not change His standards or adjust His holiness or Word for anyone. Malachi 3:6. God is not partial to anyone. He is looking constantly for those who will come to Him in faith. (Romans 2:11; Acts 10:34).

           He is infallible (incapable of error, dependable, reliable). (James 1:17).

           The Word says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). I believe God will do for us the same things He did for Israel and the people in His Word when we come to Him in faith and do what they did in their walk.

           You must get it out of your head (the mental realm) the thinking that God only did it for them and it has now passed away for us. That kind of thinking limits God's power in your life.

           Let's look at some of the things God did for His covenant people, Israel:

  1. Psalm 78:13- He divided the sea (the Red Sea) and caused them to pass through and He made the waters stand up like a heap. He froze the water.

  2. Psalm 78:14- In the daytime He led them with the cloud and all during the night with a light of fire (the Holy Spirit).

  3. Psalm 78:15-16- “He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drank in abundance like the depths. He brought streams out of the rock and caused water to run down like rivers.”

  4. Psalm 78:24-25- He rained down manna on them to eat and gave them of the bread of Heaven. Men ate angel's food. He sent them food to the full.

  5. He also rained meat on them (quail) like the dust, feathered fowl like the sand of the seas.” Yet, after all of these miracles, they still doubted God's power. Psalm 78:31- “In spite of this, they all sinned and did not believe in His wondrous works.” Verse 33- “Therefore their days He consumed in futility, and their years in fear.”

    Their mentality was doubt and unbelief.

  6. Psalm 78:20- “Behold, He struck the rock so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?”

           Psalm 78:21- “Therefore, the Lord heard this and was furious, so a fire kindled against Jacob and anger also came up against Israel.”

           Psalm 78:22- “Because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.”

           The Apostle Paul tells us that Israel sinned against God and this limited His power toward them. It kept them from entering into the Promised Land that He had promised them to take.

  1. They lusted after things (1 Corinthians 10:6).

  2. They became idolaters (1 Corinthians 10:7).

  3. They committed sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 10:8).

  4. They tested and tempted God (1 Corinthians 10:9).

  5. They murmured and complained against God (1 Corinthians 10:10).

           1 Corinthians 10:11- “Now all these things happened to them as examples and they were written for our admonition...”

           We can see when we do these things in our lives, it will limit God's power in our lives. We will never get to the place God wants us to be in our walk with Him.

           Let's look at another area that limits God's power in our lives. Psalm 78:8- “... a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright. And whose spirit was not faithful to God.”

           The problem was they were not born-again, regenerated people.

           Paul writes in Hebrews 3:8-11-- “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness when your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore, I was angry with that generation. And said, 'They always go astray in their hearts and they have not known My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.”

           Hebrews 3:19- “So you see they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

God wanted to show them His power in deliverance in the Promised Land, but they limited His power through their unbelief.

           Look at Jesus and His ministry. Mark 6:5-6- “Now He   could do no   mighty work there except that He laid hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.”

           This unbelief limited God's power in Jesus' ministry. Jesus wants us to have God's life in us and the abundant life. John 10:10- “He came that we   may  have life and that we   may   have it more abundantly.” It is our choice.

           Don't limit God in your life. Matthew 9:17- “But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Let the new wine of the Spirit work in your life.

           You must think great thoughts and you can only do this when you know His Word. Ephesians 3:20- “Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,...”

           Remember your God is greater than all of your circumstances, problems or obstacles.

What do you need from God today? Don't limit God in your life. Don't limit His power by   not  being faithful to Him. Remember the examples of Israel and stay far from their sin.

           Come to Him in faith, not doubting, but believing. James 1:6- “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting...” Verse 7- “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”