How’s your mind renovation coming? Can’t you just see the Father, the master designer and architect, walking through the rooms and smiling over the progress?
We built a house a few years ago. It was a grueling process, but my favorite thing each week was walking through hunting for improvements and rejoicing over each little completion.
Be patient. Mind renewal takes time. We’ve had bad thought habits for years (some of us decades), so it’s a process of daily faithfulness to renew those old patterns. I love what Kris Valloton says about process.
“If you embrace the promise without the process, you are living in a fantasy.” (Kris Valloton)
I wish it was possible to take BEFORE pics of our minds to see the progress we’ve made in just one week! How are your thoughts begin to shift?
Life Begins with God’s Choice
Life begins with God’s choice; he choose you! (Ephesians 1:4) Then out of his love for us, he gives us our turn to choose.
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Ephesians 1:4 Message
What limits are holding you back? Do you feel like there’s an invisible barbwire around your dreams keeping you locked out of living them? Maybe you feel like the big hand of circumstance has screwed the lid on your potential and you’re knocking your head on the ceiling of yesterday. How many times do you close our eyes at night and think, “what would my life be like if I didn’t have this LIMIT staring me in the face?” It’s leap year and it’s high time to LEAP over our limits, instead of making excuses for them or wishing them away.
Limit: boundary; a point beyond which something is not possible to go or not allowed to go
It surprised me at first that the word “limit” (which is so sinister in my mind) could simply be defined by the word boundary. It made me think of Psalm 16: 5-6.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;you hold my lot. 6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
God says our limits or boundaries are in pleasant places filled with a beautiful inheritance of provision and purpose. The question is do we live by His limits or ours?
Yes, on earth we will have limits that confine us. We need air. We need food and water. (I think I need coffee and HGTV.) On earth we are all limited in some way–it’s a fact. Some of my FACTS are bigger than your FACTS, and some of your other FACTS may be bigger than some of mine. Jesus was never intimidated by limits. He straight up asked the man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:5-9) Do you want to be healed? He could see his limits, but He also knew His healing strength. This man proceeds to give Jesus a liturgy of his holy excuses to why he could not get into the miraculous pool.
7 “I can’t,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to help me into the pool at the movement of the water. While I am trying to get there, someone else always gets in ahead of me.” (TLB)
Jesus saw his limitations, and invited him to LEAP PAST HIS LIMITS! (Interestingly, this miracle was on the Sabbath, which was breaking a religious limit!)
We all have visible and pressing limits, but we know God loves to show up in situations where we’re weak and He is strong! Just ask Gideon, when an angel appeared to him and invited him to leap over the limits pressing the Israelites. He rolled out his excuse list. (Judges 6:13-16) “We’ve been losing for so long…We haven’t seen any great things like our fathers did…My clan is the weakest…I’m the least in my family.”
Excuse: explanation giving to lessen or eliminate liability, accountability or responsibility
Reason: explanation given to bring understanding, but not eliminate responsibility
Exquisite excuses. (Mind you, he’s arguing with an the Angel of the Lord–which usually indicates a physical appearance of God!) The Lord ignores his limits and says, “Go in the strength you have…I will be with you.” Then, just to make it a little more fun, God eliminates more troops and created more limits for Gideon, just to show His glory and strength! God’s strength is not intimidated by our limits.
The dream will always be bigger than you — so you need Him! Don’t strive to remove all your limits–receive grace to leap over them in His strength!
He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does. Psalm 147: 3-5 (MSG)
Shattering the Invisible Limits
There are physical limits, but the strongest limits are the INVISIBLE LIMITS we set in our minds.
These limits are fabricated by lies and fortified by fear. They take the led out of our leap and hold our feet to the ground.
Have you ever seen a dog that’s trained by an invisible shock collar? The boundary lines are set for him under the ground so they are invisible to the eye, but if he approaches them while wearing the collar he first hears a series of warning beeps. If he continues to proceed, then he’s shocked by the small electric current. It doesn’t take many times at all before the dog realizes–when I hear those beeps…I run like crazy the other way! Now, turn the fence off. He’s free to leap and run around the neighborhood, but there is no way he’ll cross because of his past limitation and the memory of the painful attempt. By the cross, you’ve been freed from your shock collar of lies and limitations!
What INVISIBLE LIMITS are confining your life and restricting you from God’s pleasant boundaries?
Maybe it’s the limits of what people think of you. Every time you try to get close to someone you hear the “beep, beep” sound reminding you of the last time you got hurt. So you turn around and put another brick into your wall of isolation. Maybe it’s the limiting lie that you don’t have enough time, or your not educated enough, or smart enough, or skinny enough. Let’s take responsibility for the excuses and leap past these false boundaries!
We have seen INVISIBLE LIMITS shattered in history, from Chuck Yeager and the sound barrier, to Roger Bannister running the 4 minute mile, to now the attempts to run a 2 hour marathon. Hey, at one time it was thought that women were not even capable of finishing a marathon and not allowed to run. (Just ask Kathrine Switzer.) Those limits were not truth, but they BECAME REALITY to the people who believe them! What will you allow your reality to be?
Jesus has lifted the lid! It’s our choice to hear the truth and let the truth set us free. His liberating truths tear down the INVISIBLE LIMITS!
This LEAP YEAR, let’s leap past the limits and let our dreams be free to live!
Malachi 4: 2 “And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”