God is infinite. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-capable. There is no limit to what God can do. God is the ultimate John Wayne. Unfortunately, as His followers, we tend to minimize God’s unlimited power with lousy thinking. What if we could cure that with some biblical thinking. Let’s take a look at the endless, immeasurable blessings of God.
Psalm 78:40—42 (NIV) 40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test;
they vexed the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power—
the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,
Have you ever imagined that your and my lack of faith limit God? What if our failure to believe keeps His kingdom from coming and will on earth as in heaven? The King James Version of verse 42 says, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” When you and I forget what God has done, we enter the dangerous territory of limiting or diminishing God’s expectations.
Failing to Remember
Forgetting anniversaries and birthdays are common and heartbreaking. These are the memories of God in our lives. Israel’s forgetfulness is an easy mistake to make. They forgot the miraculous power of God in their lives. We have to cultivate an awareness of God’s goodness. Make a list of benefits and past victories. Don’t open the door to doubting His constant willingness to bless. We forget: “I am the Lord; I change not!” (Malachi 3:6, KJV) He is forever the same all-powerful God who delights in blessing His people.
Healing was part of His ministry
Jesus healed all who came to Him in faith. The apostle Peter healed individuals and the multitudes. Acts 5:15 records, “people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.” The apostle Paul had a remarkable record of ministering divine healing. Philip brought great healings in Samaria. Through a disciple named Ananias, God healed Paul’s blindness.
Exodus 23:25-26 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you… God’s power to heal is still real. Why would we want to limit that? For the worshiper of God, He is the Lord who will take sickness from among you. It is also one of God’s benefits for His children — Psalm 103:2-3 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. Exodus 15:26 “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
In Mark 1, Jesus has an encounter with a man suffering if you are suffering, come to Jesus.
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
I have seen his willingness to heal in my life and so many others.
Miracles are for today
Remember: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus performed miracles in the first century; He is “the same today“ and still does miracles today. Neither God the Father nor Jesus Christ His Son has changed. Don’t limit God’s miraculous acts only to the past.
2 Kings 4:1-7 …3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. That widow saw God fill every jar she had. What if our prayers are the jars that God want to fill. Make a notebook and keep track of all the jars, miracles you want to see God fill. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” Do you imagine that she ever forgot the power of God to meet her need? What do you suppose it did for her son.
I remember as a child watching as a man’s frozen ankle became free as we prayed. I have seen legs lengthen and grow. When you see God do a miracle, you need to remember God’s power. In the jars and the widow account, the oil stopped flowing when they ran out of jars. The limit was the jars. I believe our failure to ask, seek, and knock is our most significant limitation on God. Let’s often pray to a limitless God.
Elisha told her to borrow empty jars, and “don’t ask for just a few.” He understood God’s unlimited power and His limitless care for His people. God miraculously filled every single jar brimful and delivered the widow from her poverty. Do you need a miracle in your life today? Don’t ask for just a little of God’s help. There is no limit to what God can do to help you. His ability to meet your need is without boundaries.
God is a provider
Genesis 22:14 “Jehovah-Jireh…The Lord will provide.” And God miraculously provided a ram for the sacrifice. We remember this as the Jews celebrate Yom Kipper, the day of atonement. Jesus is our provision. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
We love to remember Jesus feeding the 5000 with loaves and fishes. He is ready to supply all your needs. God cares for the lonely and anxious. He is the “Way Maker.” I love that song. I believe in this season; we need to remember his protection.
Remember what He has done
God was with Daniel in the lion’s den. He freed Peter from a jail cell. Your Father can rescue you from a virus and the fear it has brought. Psalm 91 — “thousands falling all around you, but it will not come near you, the believer in God.” Don’t underestimate God’s limitless ability to protect you and your family.
Matthew 9:28-30a … “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” [the blind men] replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.”
Father in heaven. I come to you in the mighty name of Jesus. Forgive me for forgetting the benefits of knowing you. I repent of limiting your power. You created me in my mother’s womb. Thank you for providing my forgiveness on the cross. I know you will carry me through every valley I face. I trust You….