Faith Removes Limitations
Blog – 4-27-16
Whenever I think of impossible situations and people overcoming unbeatable odds, I always think of David and Goliath. When you really sink your teeth into how incredible David’s faith was, it’s mind numbing. Here stands a 14 or 15-year-old boy facing this giant. There were plenty of limitations in front of him, namely, Goliath was HUGE and a mighty warrior. David was a shepherd. The odds were stacked against him big time.
Yet David marches forward in faith and kills this mighty warrior with a simple stone. David’s faith in God was over the top and unwavering. He lived that faith out as he took that stone, placed it in his sling, and hurled it at Goliath. Every ounce of reason would tell you this would not work. But it did.
There’s one other important thing to note in this story…
David also had faith in himself!
It didn’t really hit me until today how important that piece of this story is. How often have we approached a limitation in our own lives believing God absolutely could do amazing things, you bet…yet unsure that it could be accomplished through us. We think, “I have too many limitations in me to make this thing work.”
Let’s face it, we’re all keenly aware of the fact that we are better at some things and sorely lacking in other areas. I think way too often we lament our weaknesses instead of celebrating our strengths. Sure there are things we can’t do, but maybe it’s time to focus on what we do well…and then go do it!
When we couple faith in God with faith in ourselves and set out to accomplish all God has in store for us, faith does incredible things.
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Faith removes limitations!
David had plenty of limitations, namely, he was young, small, and totally inexperienced in battle. He had plenty of reasons to doubt that he was the right guy for the job, but he overcame those doubts and found a way to have confidence in his limited abilities and trust God to use his strengths for God’s glory.
God knows us better than we know ourselves, so we have to absolutely believe that we have it in us to accomplish whatever God is calling us to do. He will enable us to build on our strengths and grow beyond our limitations. It’s up to us to believe we can do it and build that faith in ourselves.
It makes me think of the great quote, “If God has called you to it, He will get you through it.”
I encourage you to build up your faith…faith in God and faith in yourself. That faith can change everything!
I leave you with a wonderful poem written in the early 1900’s by Walter D. Wintle. Enjoy!
Hugs and love,
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!