"How am I limiting what God can do?"
The way we limit God is through doubt and unbelief. We're all going to face times in our life when it's going to look like our hopes and dreams are not going to come to pass. But just because you face opposition and obstacles, it does not mean God will not keep his promises.
Consider the Israelis when they were in slavery in Egypt. They were worked night and day, mistreated and abused. The people cried out to God in their suffering and hopeless situation. God heard their cries and raised up Moses to say to Pharaoh, "Let My people go." But Moses' words made Pharaoh very angry and he gave the Israeli slaves impossible tasks to accomplish. When they could not fulfill their daily quotas, the Pharaoh had his officers to beat the foremen of the Israeli crews.
The people of Israel complained bitterly to Moses, saying in effect, "Ever since you talked to Pharaoh you made it worse." But God told Moses to tell the people of Israel not to limit what God could do; that He would deliver them in supernatural power, in ways they could not imagine.
God kept his promise to His people by sending plagues upon Egypt; ten incredible displays of miraculous power that finally broke the Pharaoh's will. Imagine! The Egyptians begged the their former slaves to go, loading them up with gifts to speed their departure.
Then God led His people out to the edge of the Red Sea. The Pharaoh changed his mind and came out with his armies to recapture them. With no way of escape, again the people cried out in despair. They said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us out here to die in the desert?" Again, God rebuked the people for limiting him. He parted the waters of the Red Sea and the people walked across on dry ground. When they were all across, God delivered them by collapsing the waters upon the pursuing Egyptians.
But it wash not long before the people began to grumble and complain again, saying that they would have rather died in Egypt with full stomachs than die in the desert of starvation. Once again, God rebuked them for limiting what He could do. And God rained down bread from heaven for them to eat.
Over and over Israel would be confronted with impossible situations. Every time, no matter what God had done for them previously, they would grumble, complain and doubt God. He would provide water from a rock when there was no water, quail to eat when they got tired of manna, and shoes that miraculously would not wear out. But they still limited Him.
When they came to the border of the land God had promised them, they were convinced it would be impossible to possess the land because of the strength and size of the inhabitants. In their disbelief they even wanted to kill Moses for bringing them out into the desert.
Psalm 78 records how God felt about their refusal to believe in His power.
Yet they kept on sinning against him,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
They stubbornly tested God in their hearts,
demanding the foods they craved.
They even spoke against God himself, saying,
“God can’t give us food in the wilderness.
Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out,
but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”
When the Lord heard them, he was furious.
The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob.
Yes, his anger rose against Israel,
for they did not believe God
or trust him to care for them.
The people ate their fill.
He gave them what they craved.
But in spite of this, the people kept sinning.
Despite his wonders, they refused to trust him.
Their hearts were not loyal to him.
Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.
Again and again they tested God’s patience
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
because they did not remember his power
Psalm 78:17-29, 32, 37, 40-42
If you only focus on the obstacles you’ll never end up with faith. Faith begins with what God can do. No matter what the problem, no mater what the details, no matter what the struggle, don't limit God. Have faith that God can do something that you cannot see.
This is not being naïve. It’s easy to label someone who is holding on to faith as someone who has their eyes shut to reality. Not true. People that have faith are not naive. They're eyes are not closed to the problem. People that have faith have courage to believe that whatever the problems, whatever the hurts, whatever the pain, they are willing to believe God can work in a way that they have never seen before.
Faith just opens up more possibilities. Don't limit God!
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (Amplified)
But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
“With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20
“My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
"Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to keep His promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary." ―Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?
Father in Heaven, here I am, speak to me. Use this fast to clear the clutter of doubt and unbelief. I want to trust You in faith with…(this problem, with this hurt, with this discouragement, with this area of my life, with this temptation, with this overwhelming situation). I declare that I trust You. Help my unbelief. Help me with my pride. Help me not to limit You. I want to dream big dreams and see your miraculous power and provision. Nothing is to hard for You! I believe! Let me be contagious and spread faith to everyone one I encounter today! In Jesus' mighty name, Amen.
On the journey with you,