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3 Steps to Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Limiting Beliefs

     Whenever you see God’s people struggling, as you read the scriptures, it is usually because of their lack of faith!  We all have beliefs that limit us.  Matt 19:26 says, “But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (HCSB)  These limiting beliefs exist in our heads because we have chosen to look outward in fear at our situation instead of looking upward in faith at our Savior.  Michael Hyatt teaches that there are basically three areas these limiting beliefs impact our lives.

     First, we have limiting beliefs about ourselves.  This is where we say , “I could never ______________!”  You fill in that blank.  Second, we have limiting beliefs about other people.  This is where we say, “I’m never gonna trust anyone ever again because _____________!”  Once again you fill in the blank.  In Limitless Life Derwin Gray says, “When you and I focus on how we’ve been done wrong, we do not focus on how we’ve been done right by Jesus!”

  Michael Hyatt says this, “Nothing can screw up your future like getting stuck in the past.”  Did you know the only place the past still exists is in your mind?  A recent quote I saw, not sure where it came from, said, “Your future does not equal your past.”   We must move past our memories of grief, grudges, and even past glory.  The apostle Paul challenges us to forget those things that are behind and press forward.

     The third limiting belief is about the world we live in.  We recognize it when we say things like, “Well what do you expect these are the last days!”  “There’s nothing we can do about it!”  Please don’t forget about I JN 4:4 which says, “You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (HCSB)  We must realize that “all things are possible through God!”  People aren’t holding you back nor are your finances holding you back.  Your job isn’t holding you back nor are your circumstances holding you back!  What is holding us back is our lack of faith!

     Tony Evans says it this way, “Faith is acting like it is so even when it is not so in order that it may be so simply because God said so.”  JN 14:13-14 says, “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name,  I will do it.”  This is not a name it and claim it theology but is based upon two truths that determine how our prayers are answered.  Does it further God’s kingdom (in my name) and does it glorify Him?

     Does your church believe what Jesus said regardless of what has happened in the past or what has not happened?  Do you believe what Jesus said, regardless of what limiting believes are swirling in your head, about yourself, others, and the world?  We must be willing to wait in prayer with a “disciplined refusal” to move forward or act before God acts.  But we must also be willing to step out in obedient faith when God says go.  What is it God is wanting to do in your church and through your church?

     What should we as a church do to move forward in faith?  First, write out your core values!  What you value determines what you do!  If you say you value people who do not know God and are far from Him, then you will be doing something about reaching them with the gospel!  The problem is that we are long on talk and short on action!  If you say you value lost people but never share your faith then you really do not value them.  You cannot keep doing the same things (or not doing) and expect to get different results.

     Second, make new goals.  Have you as a church sat down and written out what you are asking God to do through your ministry?  Have you written out your own personal goals?  Research tells us that just writing down your goals means there is a 42% greater chance they will happen!  But they also must have a deadline.  Dave Ramsey says, “A goal without a deadline is just a dream!” 

     Third, ask God to do it!  Will the goals you feel God has laid upon your heart and your church further His kingdom and will they glorify Him?  James reminds us in God’s word that we have not because we ask not!  Are you asking God to redeem and save your neighbor, friend, co-worker, or family member? Are you asking God to do above and beyond anything you could ask or think according to His power not your limiting beliefs?

     Healthy churches refuse to allow limiting beliefs to keep them from moving forward in obedient faith!