“If God wanted us to think small for our lives, He did a bad job.” I enjoy saying this phrase when I speak because it helps jolt listeners, including myself, into believing bigger for themselves and for others.
I have, however, not always believed this, and it seems that many others might have a hard time believing this as well.
6 Reasons We Place Limits on Our Lives:
- Hearing and believing lies instead of truth (John 8:32)
- Getting our identity and beliefs from past experience instead of what God says
- Fear of disappointment
- Fear of failure
- Old Covenant mindset
- Believing God has predestined our lives with limitations
There are many scriptural truths that will take limitations off of our thinking and lives. One of them revolves around the phrase “with the measure you use it, it will be measured back to you.” This principle reveals that the “measure” we bring in keys areas of life greatly influences our future. Because there is not a limit to what we can sow, then there is not a limit to what we can experience.
We are not predestined to mediocrity! Our past does not determine our future. That is good news indeed.
Here are four “measures” for us to give God a lot to work with:
The measure of renewing our minds with truth
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God’ (Romans 12:2). Because there is no limit to how much I can renew my mind, then there is no limit on my potential transformation.
The measure of our giving
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). Whatever we give away, we will receive back. If we give mercy, we will receive mercy. If we give finances, we will receive finances.
The measure of our believing
“So He asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’”(Mark 9:21-24). The father thought the deliverance of his son was determined by Jesus willingness, but Jesus said there was no limit to what he could experience if he believed. The man got revelation on this and asked Jesus to help him believe.
The measure of our hearing
“Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given” (Mark 4:24). Wow! It implies that our future abundance is tied to what we hear. Because there is no limit to the measure of what we can hear, there is no limit to what we can receive in our lives. There are a couple of ways that I can increase what I am hearing: 1) I can do 100 declarations a day for a month over my own life. 2) I can listen to other people’s teachings, like Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyers. When I hear other people, I’ll find out that it’s hard to think lies when I’m listening to a lot of truth. There is no limit to the measure of our hearing.
We can create a “no limits” mindset. The lifestyle of no limits – means renewing our mind with higher thinking and then inviting God to be and do even more than we can imagine.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” (Ephesians 3:20).
There is no convenient season to become joyful. Choose joy today.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.