Limits on the Limitless

I often make this mistake. I put limits on the limitless. I think it can never happen because I can’t make it happen or someone else can’t make it happen. The truth is nothing is impossible. It can happen. What I need can be provided.

Often times I think of God in human terms. I put my limits on Him. I forget that He created the universe. I forget He parted the sea. I forget He made the walls of Jericho fall. I forget He walked on water and calmed the storm. I forget He made the blind see, healed the sick, and casted out demons. I forget He came to earth as a human, was crucified, then came back three days later from the dead. What can He not do?

These are just a few examples of what God does. He can do anything. God makes the impossible possible. He can make the impossible very possible for all who believe. Not only believe but pray to Him.

Sometimes I realize I hold back praying about the things I see as impossible because I forget who He is. I find myself thinking that He is too busy and won’t help me. I think He doesn’t have time for me but the truth is, He is above time. We think in terms of years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds. I believe God doesn’t have a watch. When we think He doesn’t have time for us He does.

The other mistake I make is thinking my need is too small for Him. I feel it may be something He wouldn’t waste energy on. Like, God has a small amount of energy? He is God. He has unlimited energy.

The problem often is I don’t have big enough prayers. My prayers aren’t bold enough. I have big needs but I do not ask them. I do not pray enough for the things I am limited to. If I don’t pray for them do I really believe God is unlimited? If I don’t pray big enough do I really believe He can do all things?

I do believe He can and I must remember He has. I must, and I encourage you all, to pray for big things. Pray bold prayers. Pray for cancers to be healed. Pray for finances to be secure. Pray for families to be mended. Pray for lives to change. Pray for non believers for come to Jesus. Pray for all of your needs. God will provide. Keep your eyes, ears, heart, and mind open to the ways He will deliver. Read His Word to remind yourself who God is. Read His Word to see how to pray. Read His Word because He gave it to us for prayer and much more.

God wants to hear our prayers. He wants us to cry to Him. He wants to see that when we struggle we still have faith in Him to calm the storms.

Are you praying big prayers?

Do you have faith that God will provide?

What would have happened if Daniel didn’t pray and have faith when he was with the lions? Daniel 6

What would have happened if the disciples would have let Jesus pass by on the lake? Mark 6:48

The examples go on. The point is not to forget we worship a loving and all powerful God Who created us.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 (NIV)

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I want what I want when I want it!

I want an iPhone.  I want a flat screen.  I want a new car.  I want a vacation. I want a house. I want a bean feast.  I want all these things now!!!

You don’t have the money but you can still have them now.  Just put them on a credit card and pay later.  You will find a way.  You don’t even have to pay it all.  Pay a little at a time.  Don’t worry.  You can have it all now.

Juts like spoiled Veruca, this is what is being sold to America.  Even in this down economy people are still being sold on financing things so they can pay for them later.  December is the worst time of year for it.  Now most are playing catch up.  Credit card debt is out of control.  Paychecks come in and they go out.  It becomes an endless cycle for most.  Even those who have may not really have.  They just appear to have.

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.  Proverbs 22:7 (ESV)

This system has been going on forever.  It seems like a good idea, have it now and pay for it later, but some run into trouble.  Some struggle to pay for it later.  I am not condemning those who fall into this trap.  I can’t talk about the splinter in their eye while the plank is in mine. (Matthew 7:3)

So if you are in this trouble what is next?  How do you get out of a hole?  Well, the first thing you can do is forgive yourself. When you realize you have dug this hole you might feel guilty for putting your family and yourself in it.  This is normal.  Don’t let it take you deeper.  Forgive yourself. Then start to dig out.  Get help.

Stop wanting (coveting).  Wanting leads down roads that go no where.  The world tells us we can have it now when we really can’t.  Smart people don’t listen to the world.  Godly people don’t listen to the world.  I wish I hadn’t listened to the world.

Look what happened to Veruca and her father when they wanted it all now.

There are two quick things you can do when you feel you need something you can’t afford. Pray to God that it is His will that you have it and WORK FOR IT! Make sure you have the dough before you make the pie.

God gives us what we can handle. If we have shown Him we are not able to be proper stewards of His money, and it is His money, He will not give us more. We must work for it knowing that it is His.  Would He want us to spend it on frivolous things?  Would He want us to spend money we do not have?  Would He want us to always borrow and be a slave to the lender?

There are many Biblical truths about stewarding your money.  If you have any please feel free to drop some comments below.

What are you doing to get out of the hole?

What are you doing to stay out of it?

What are you doing to be proper stewards of God’s money?

How are you avoiding being like Veruca and wanting a “bean feats”?