We’ve been talking recently about a limitless God. God who created all, is above all, and sustains all. But the reality is that we don’t live like God is limitless. We treat God that He can only do so much in our lives. We also limit ourselves. Maybe you’ve told yourself something like “God would never use me because__________”, or “I’m not capable of what God is asking me to do”. We have created labels on ourselves and thus limiting what we think God can do in our lives. Not only do we limit ourselves but we can also limit God. We easily can limit who He is and what He can do in our lives. Here are 4 ways we do that.
Lack of Surrender
Teenagers can limit God by lack of surrender. Surrender is basically giving up control of your life and giving authority and control of your life to God. The Bible says God’s ways our higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He has soooo much more for us and our lives than we can ever imagine but have we surrendered to His ways and plans?
Lack of Faith
Lack of faith comes from the idea that you think your ways and ideas are better than God’s. As a parent, I see things differently and from a different perspective than my kids. I see outcomes, risks, hurts, arguments, etc. My kids can’t see those things so as a parent I want them to trust me that I have their best interest in mind. God is just like that. God always has our best interest in mind. He knows what’s ahead. Let’s trust him and enjoy his limitless knowledge of what’s ahead for us.
Lack of Obedience
Obedience is a by-product of trust. When we don’t trust God chances are we aren’t obeying God. God calls us to do crazy things. To love our enemies, who does that these days? When we are not obedient we are limiting what God can do in us and through us.
Lack of Growth
We limit God when we aren’t growing. By growing I mean the fact that our confidence in who God is and confidence that God is going to do what He said He is going to do. We grow through Bible memorization, serving, talking about our faith, and reading the Bible. The more we grow the more we see God for who He is.