1 Samuel 17:45 : ”Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:40-58 shows that David was able to defeat Goliath the giant just by using a sling and a stone. The key of his victory is written in 1 Samuel 17:45 – David defeated Goliath because he believed the God he worships is the God who will fight for him. David did not see any limitations in himself; he believed that God is able to do anything.
It is unfortunate that many of God’s children cannot grow and do the great things God desires for them because they are confined with limitations. There are people who have been Christians for years but their lives are not changed and they do not produce useful things. The word limitation means something that restricts growth.
God longs for His children to have fruitful lives. He never limits them to grow and succeed. So, who limits someone to grow and be fruitful? The answer: ourselves, others and the devil. We can be our own limitation in our growth – because of our haunting past, insecurities, low self-esteem, unbelief of God’s ability to help, intellectual limitations, bad characters, disappointments, bitterness and etc. Pride can also restrict someone from growing. Why? Because a prideful person feels that he/she is able to do everything and what they are doing is already good and they cannot be advised or criticized to be better.
Other people often become someone’s limitation to grow. For example: they are looked down upon by others, they are being thrown with negative words, they are not trusted, they are considered unable and many more. Other people often see the outer appearance of someone, but the Lord looks at the heart and the inner beauty of someone.
Lastly, the devil always wants God’s children to fail and come out from God’s will. The devil will create situations that can make someone feel oppressed, discouraged, angry and ultimately, “disabled.” The devil will try to whispers negative things to make them think and feel negative. Eventually, they will become apathetic and sluggish.
In 2018, let us get rid of every limitation that is caused by ourselves, others and the devil. Let us run together with the Lord to fulfill our heavenly calling and do His will in each of our lives.
Source: hs Publishing Team, IBC Church