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Lift the limitations

13 March 2020
‘Make your tent bigger; stretch it out and make it wider. Do not hold back.’

Often we create boundaries around ourselves, and then stay inside them. These boundaries can come from our own insecurities because we believe that there are things we can’t do. Other times these boundaries come from times we’ve stepped out and failed. Fear can cause us to box ourselves in to what feels comfortable and manageable. It’s true that we’re not called to do everything. But God often calls us to think bigger. When an army sent by the king of Syria arrived to capture Elisha, Elisha’s servant panicked. He saw how big the army was. But ‘Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see”’ (2 Kings 6:17 NIV). The servant could only see what was physically in front of him, but Elisha prayed that he would see the bigger picture. ‘Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha’ (v.17 NIV). God’s army was surrounding them. Sometimes we limit ourselves because we forget God’s with us and has the resources we need. God wants us to see past the limitations we’ve placed on ourselves and instead focus on our calling and His provision. Through the prophet Isaiah, God told the Israelites to: ‘Make your tent bigger; stretch it out and make it wider. Do not hold back.’ The Israelites were in exile at this point, and they probably thought their future didn’t look great. But God was telling them to see past the limitations they had placed on their future, and to prepare for the amazing things He was going to do. However much we’ve limited ourselves, we can choose to think bigger and expect God to do great things in and through us. 

 

What Now?

Write a list of the things you think you can’t do for God. Ask Him to speak to you about what He’s calling you to do, and ask Him to open your eyes to His amazing provision for you.

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