Limiting the Lord

“With God, all things are possible.” How many times have you heard that? How many times have you read it? Countless, right? It’s been preached from the pulpit. It’s been quoted on Facebook, on Twitter, and there are pictures of it on Instagram with funky filters and awesome captions like “The Lord is my strength” or “#truth.” That verse is all over the place.

So, do you believe it? Do you truly believe that with God all things are possible? And if you do, how does that affect your life with Him? Do you truly trust Him with all that you are and all that you have? If you said yes, would others say you do? Do your actions say that you do? How about your wallet?

I’ll be the first to admit that I have spent a lot of time in Limitland. There are times when I know the Lord is close and I know He is working and He is mighty to save. But then – BAM! It hits me like a brick wall. My faith is shaken.

In my prayer time, I pray for people who I know are far from the Lord. I know they are. But do I believe in my heart that He will save them? Sometimes, that’s an honest, flat-out, resounding, “no.” So what happened to my “With God, all things are possible” mindset? What is that disconnect.

I will also be the first to admit that I am in a spiritual swampland at the moment. I am physically and mentally exhausted and it seems that no matter what I do, I can’t journal nearly as much as I’d like to. I read passages, meditate on them, and sometimes read them again to let the truth sink in. But I don’t journal like I used to. Journaling was my way of hashing out what I was learning in my time with Jesus. So now this disconnect. Like I’m unplugged.

It’s this disconnect that limits my faith. I realized this about two weeks ago. I had been praying for someone who was far from the Lord, praying that they would finally see truth. I’d been praying for a while. When I saw this person twice in one weekend, both in times of extended worship, I knew that second worship night would be the night. Know what I did when I saw this person? I sat down next to some flickering candles in the back of the darkened worship center at WestGate with my journal and wrote out my prayers furiously. I knew that He would save her. I had faith that it would be that night.

I later found out that that very person accepted Jesus that night. That very night. That same night when I whipped out my journal and prayed for salvation, for truth, for acceptance of grace, love, and truth.

It’s not fun to limit His power when you see how greatly He is moving all around you. This week – or even this month – I would challenge you to look around. Take a second. Where is God moving in your life? Thank Him for that, and ask for more. Ask for strong faith. Never forget that He is the Author and Creator of life itself. And you were made in HIS image, not the other way around. Never forget what He has done and continues to do in and through you. And never take for granted that with God, ALL things are possible.

Author: Ana Acosta

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