There is no limit to what God can do in our lives, yet we can limit our lives by how we see ourselves. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel shrank back from claiming what God promised them because they saw themselves as inferior. Their thoughts and beliefs contradicted what God spoke about them through Caleb. This applies to us in that if we do not renew our minds to our identity in Christ, we limit ourselves. It is important that we do not view ourselves as ill-equipped, unable, inadequate, or insufficient. If we are to experience God in all his magnificence, we should see him as big as he is, and envision ourselves in the midst of his big plan. When we think this way, it allows God to accomplish the things he wants to do.A. Our thoughts can either limit us or remove obstacles and barriers.
- They came to Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and brought back word to them, and showed them the fruit of the land. They said, we came into the land where you sent us, and it is flowing with milk and honey. But the people who dwell there are strong, and their cities are fortified and very large. Moreover, we saw the sons of Anak there, of great stature and courage. Caleb quieted the people, and said, let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it. But his fellow scouts said, we are not able to go up against the people of Canaan, for they are stronger they we are. So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land they had scouted out, saying, there we saw the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers (Numbers 13:26-33, AMPC).
- When God gives us a vision and a plan, there will always be some obstacle to overcome.
- Caleb had confidence in the ability of God’s people, regardless of how strong the enemy was. We should be thankful for the Calebs in our lives.
- The evil report the spies delivered went against the word of God.
- And the congregation cried out with a loud voice, and the people wept all night. All the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Would God that we had died in this wilderness! Joshua and Caleb rent their clothes, and spoke to the children of Israel and said, the land we passed through to search is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us. God said, my servant Caleb had another spirit, and has followed me fully. I will bring him into the land where he went, and his seed will possess it (Numbers 14:1-3, 6-8, 24).
- The people were defeated by their own mental outlook and how they saw the situation. Their way of thinking became so negative that they said it would have been better to return to bondage.
- Caleb had a spirit of faith. He was willing to believe and trust in God’s word. He enlarged his capacity to receive.
- Just like the children of Israel, God wants to take us to an exceedingly abundant land.
- Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man. May Christ through your faith actually dwell in your hearts! That you may really come to know, through experience for yourselves, the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge. Now to him who, in consequence of the power that is at work in us, is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, thoughts, hopes, or dreams (Ephesians 3:15-20, AMPC).
- God has no limits. He wants his children to live the same way, with no limits, so that they may experience his goodness.
- He is well able to cause us to live out our most cherished dreams.
- Jesus told the parable of the sower who sowed seeds, some of which fell along the wayside, and birds descended and ate them. Some seed fell on stony ground and sprouted immediately, but withered away when the sun scorched it. Some fell into thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. But other seed fell on good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up and increased, some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred (Mark 4:2-8).
- When the seed of the word of God is sown into our lives, we must be ready to receive it. Thorny and stony ground can limit the harvest he wants for us.
- We cannot live in fear, because this hinders and chokes what God wants to do. We must not fear what others think.
- He said to them, be careful what you are hearing. The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear will be the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you, and more besides will be given to you who hear (Mark 4:24, AMPC).
- We must not let what we hear affect us negatively like the spies’ evil report did to the children of Israel.
- The amount of time we spend meditating on the word of God determines the amount of virtue that comes back to us.
- Paying too much attention to the world’s drama blocks our ability to hear God speaking to us.
- Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel (Psalm 78:41).
- The people could not enter into the place of rest or receive the manifestations of the promise because of their unbelief.
- We must remove limitations in all areas of our lives.
Numbers 13:26-33, AMPC
Numbers 14:1-3, 6-8, 24
Ephesians 3:15-20, AMPC
Mark 4:24, AMPC