“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” (Psalms 78:41)
My father in the Lord – Daddy E. A. Adeboye, once shared his story of how he asked God for a house, but God gave him a city. When he became a lecturer at the University, he lived comfortably in a big house which he later abandoned to live in a one-bedroom apartment in Lagos, Nigeria, as General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
God promised him a city, which has turned out to be the now famous Redemption Camp. Daddy G.O, as he is well known, said, “God’s response to me was, ‘Son, don’t ask for house because I have decided to build you a city,’’’ He added that: “That response was beyond what I could comprehend. After this encounter, I began to dream of a city where everybody would be a Christian; a city where there would be no molestation; a city where there would be no power failure or water shortages. God began to stretch my mind to see a city where His praises would fill every mouth.” God lifted him out of poverty as his mind was stretched to align with God’s promise.
As we have seen in Daddy G.O’s story, many of us fail to see the big picture of God’s ability concerning our heart desires. The above Bible passage tells us that we can limit God. The Israelis after experiencing God’s wondrous works in Egypt and throughout their journey in the wilderness, limited God in the way they thought and spoke. The preceding passages in Psalms 78 highlight how they doubted God’s ability to attend to their needs.
“And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people?” (Psalms 78:18-20)
Marvelously, God did beyond what they could think and say. God is omnipotent in that there is nothing too hard for Him to do and whatever is impossible with humankind is possible with Him. God is Omniscient because He knows everything and He is Omnipresent because He is present everywhere at the same time.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalms 139:7-8)
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
So, God by the power of the Holy Spirit, is unlimited in power, location, knowledge and wisdom. However, man can limit God in the following ways:
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
Whatever displeases God is ungodly. Living a life that displeases God, can limit Him from coming to your rescue when you cry out to Him. An ungodly lifestyle separates an individual from God – spiritual death (Romans 6:23). However, that limitation is removed when you confess your sins, repent and make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. If you are yet to receive Jesus Christ into your heart, say this prayer of salvation:
Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe you died and rose again to save me. I declare that I am born again. I receive the gifts of forgiveness and righteousness. Thank You for accepting and glorifying me. Amen!
An individual’s mindset can limit God. One’s value system, belief system or perspective determines to what extent God will respond to the issues of life. You can see through your eyes but see with your mind. We need to see things from the perspective of God’s word.
Mindsets define an individual’s limits and possibilities. Mindsets are gateways in the spirit realm that allow access to the operations of either the Spirit of God or demonic spirits in the life of an individual. Demonic spirits bring about faulty ways of thinking – contrary to God’s word. As a believer, what limits the enjoyment of your inheritance in Christ is your mindset.
An individual’s mindset is shaped by associations, exposure levels, culture and past experiences which can limit God’s move. So in order not to limit God, a believer must renew his or her mind – thinking in line with God’s word, thoughts or promises.
Apostle Joshua Selman said, “Your mind is the only authorized usher that takes your body to your place of destiny.” (Sermon – Mindsets and Strongholds) So your body can only be where your mind takes you.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..” (Proverbs 23:7a)
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
The way we think can influence our prayer requests. When you align your prayers to God’s ability and integrity every limitation is removed. God responds to what we think and request from Him and can do more than we imagine. I urge you not to limit God by the way you ask or think as you relate with Him.