Know Your Limits…

After going for a while, you need a rest right? Most computers usually need to be restarted after a while. Most phones need to be rebooted to work correctly. Most cars need a tune-up.

Everything and everyone has a limit. Eventually, you will need to eat or sleep. Keep going without refueling and you will get weary. You will become disoriented, irritable, and frustrated. You, contrary to popular belief (or your own belief), are not the Energizer Bunny. If you keep going and going, you will crash eventually.

You my friend, amazing and wonderful in all of your ways, was created to be limited. My sister, know your limits. You are not superwoman. And thank God for that! Thank God that you are no one’s Savior. Thank God that the fate of the world does not rest in your hands. Its a weight that you cannot bear, yet you have a Father who is willing to do that for you.

There is only One who is beyond limits, beyond human comprehension, beyond the constraints of time. Seek Him. Lean on Him. He is perfect in your weakness.

You serve a limitless God. He is the only One who can do the impossible. He is the only One who can do exceedingly and abundantly all that you could ask or think. He is the only One who saves.

So rest in His limitlessness and rejoice and boast in your limits.

Peace and Blessings

And if not…

It goes without saying, God answers prayers. Those who are followers of Christ can probably give an account of the numerous times God has heard their cry, whether it was verbal or not. He has healed, He has saved, He has delivered! Hallelujah! We absolutely serve a great God! Rest assured, if He hasn’t given you a reason to shout, He most definitely will!

But let’s consider this:

Daniel 3 has us looking at the dilemma of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were being forced to bow down to an idol. They were not having it. Here is their powerful message to King Nebuchadnezzar in verses 17 and 18:

“If you throw us into the hot furnace, the God we serve can save us. And if he wants to, he can save us from your power. But even if God does not save us, we want you to know, King, that we refuse to serve your gods. We will not worship the gold idol you have set up.”
Daniel 3:17‭-‬18

What if God didn’t save them? What if He didnt restore your finances in the way you desired? What if He doesn’t heal that family member in the way you want? What if you don’t get married? Or have the baby? Is He still good?

Yes, He is still good!

We must have the level of boldness, trust and faith in our God as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Although we may declare it with fear and trembling, hoping, praying, and believing that God that will answer our prayer, we must be willing to shout that if God doesnt do it, whatever “it” may be for you, He is still good.

Our Father isnt a genie that only works when we are satisfied. A full belly and a full bank account does not shape God’s character and identity. He is more than the blessings He freely extends. He is bigger than the victory.

We cannot wait until He moves. We must rejoice, praise and shout right now. We pray our BIG prayers and operate with even BIGGER faith.

Because if not–if He doesnt move, if He doesnt answer, if He doesnt say “yes”–He is still good.

Peace and Blessings

Rejoice Evermore.

This King James Version of 1 Thessalonians 5:16 packs a powerful punch.

Rejoice evermore. Notice, there is nothing after the period. No comma, no semicolon, no “but”, it simply says “Rejoice evermore”.

Rejoice means to feel joy or great delight. Evermore simply means always. So scripture is exhorting believers to feel joy or great delight always.

Perhaps there a million reasons why we cannot feel joy or great delight always. Life, finances, relationships, family and a ton of other worries fill our minds and hearts and it is just hard to rejoice evermore. Being in this world makes rejoicing difficult. However, the scripture doesnt create room for our tons of “buts”. It appears as if this command is just impossible to meet.

Be encouraged! We have a Father who is very aware of the trials we experience. He knows that rejoicing in this world can be quite the challenge. He knows that we can get distracted by the cares of the world and that we struggle with submitting those cares to Him.

In order to rejoice evermore, we must take our eyes off of the million and one reasons not to and focus on the One reason to rejoice, and that reason is Jesus.

This encouragement from Colossians tells us to focus on the things of heaven, which we now have access to because of the finished work of Jesus Christ! As believers of Christ, heaven is our promise! Heaven will be our final resting place. Focusing on Jesus should cause us to rejoice evermore! He is the fulfilled promise! He surpasses all of these earthly matters. Because of Him, we have God as our Father and the Holy Spirit as our Comforter. We can rejoice evermore because of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

We do not have to neglect the earthly matters because they are our reality. However, we cannot make them our idols. They can no longer be the reason why we are unable to rejoice evermore. We must always be full of joy and delight which extends beyond our circumstances.

Take your sights off the million and one and focus on the One.

Peace and Blessings