Faith With No Limits
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:1-3
What are your life goals? I find it interesting that no matter what people accomplish and how much recognition that these people get from these accomplishments, most people don't believe they could do the same or anything remotely similar. It seems that we develop a box around our lives at an early age and we never try to expand that box or get out of the box so that we can thrive. In theory, it makes sense because as children, we learn by mimicking our parents or other adults with which we spent a great deal of time. Therefore, we typically don't exceed much further than our parents or guardians did in life. There are always exceptions to this theory. But, for the most part, it's true.
This seems particularly true for Christians. We were raised to promote modesty and humbleness. These are good qualities to have, but it seems to stop there. Genesis 1:26 says, "Let us make mankind...and give him dominion over the earth." But, it feels like it's the other way around. We let life dictate our present, past, and future. For the most part, we are just trying to survive and keep our head above water. Challenging times fall upon us all at one point or another. However, a consistent mode of perpetual survival promotes a spirit of fear and insecurities. The word “faith” is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible, even more depending on what type of Bible you use. So, it would seem that an educated and mature level of faith would be necessary for all believers. Yet, if you ask your average Christian what they are believing God for, you would be amazed at how low or how small their faith is. You don't even have to wait until they tell you. You can tell what the answer is going to be by looking at their life, demeanor, and conversation.
In a lot of cases, we get what we want. We just don't want for much. How can this be? Am I really suggesting that people don't want to do better and are satisfied with their frustration, sickness, and stress? On some level, yes I am. If the Bible tells you the importance of tithing and being a good steward of your income, and you don't do either one, you are ok with having financial struggles. Humans typically behave according to what they believe about themselves. And, what they believe about themselves is usually what they believe about God. It isn't that we aim high and miss. It is often that we aim low and hit. We don't think we are capable of greatness or worthy of the amazing things that life has to offer and was created for us. I heard someone say that God has a highly organized system to meet the needs of your life....the world's system is the exact opposite. We don't believe for much...and that is what we expect of ourselves and of God. We just want to get by, surviving day by day. No one really has to tell you every morning that you can get up out of the bed and walk to the kitchen. You were taught that and you saw that growing up. You don't have to believe for it. It's normal in most cases.
Why can't the extraordinary be our normal? Why believe for a parking space or a bill paid when you can believe for your own parking lot or hotel? That being said, if you aren't attempting to buy property or acquire land, then your "belief" is really a wish because faith without works, is dead.
Why believe for your pastor to lay hands on you so that your diabetes would improve or that your blood pressure would go down when you could study the laws of the Old Testament and find out what foods are clean and unclean. Those that use the New Testament as a "grace and mercy covers all" are kind of playing Russian roulette. The person that keeps learning about their individual health and attempts to eat properly is the one who believes that they can achieve optimum health. It is very easy to blame what is outside of us. We can blame our job, our spouse, our teachers, co-workers, supervisors, law enforcement, government, friends, family, etc. We often spend a big chunk of our time and energy trying to change or adjust these things...to no avail. Changing those things will do very little for you to achieve the blessings that are meant for you. It's not so much that these things are blocking your blessings...we just need to enlarge our faith capacity.
The Bible has countless accounts of acts of Faith, especially in the book of Hebrews. Faith is life. Without it, we would cease to grow. It's interactive, to say the least. As blessed as my life is, I had to really dive into the concept of faith in its truest form. I became a caregiver for my husband and became a pastor, almost simultaneously. I had to grow myself beyond my circumstances, and I am still growing. What I have come to know and believe is that any and all things are possible with God. The only challenges that we encounter, are with ourselves Let's develop a limitless faith. Let's expect more of ourselves and more of our blessings. The bigger we grow, the more we can sow. Throw away the chains and break through that ceiling. There are blessings bigger than you can imagine. Look at it this way...if you are only focused on the quarters on the ground, you will never see the bank right in front of you.