Limiting Actions

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Hebrews 4:7 “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

Recently, my wife came to me for help with our kitchen faucet that seemed to be having problems with the flow of water. We have one of those faucets that you can pull out and use as a hose in the sink to clean the sink and dishes better. To figure out the problem, I opened the cabinet doors underneath the sink, and I noticed that the weight was pinching the hose that pulled it back into its home position. What was supposed to be a help to make the faucet better was a hindrance because it caused the water pressure to be limited.

One of the sadder statements in the Scriptures is that humans limit the capacity that God wants to work. Yes, God could work without humans, but He has chosen to work through humans. The verse above shows that Israel limited God’s ability to do through them what He wanted to do through them. Psalm 78:41 says about Israel, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” The fact that the believer can limit God’s ability to work ought to cause them to avoid anything that would limit the Holy One. In Hebrews 4, several things limit God that you must avoid.

First, a lack of faith limits God. Verse 2 shows that God’s Word being preached but not being “mixed with faith” will limit the power of God’s Word. Faith is what makes God’s Word so powerful. Your lack of faith to step out and attempt the miraculous hurts God’s ability to work through you.

Second, unbelief limits God. Verse 6 shows that Israel didn't go into the Promised Land “because of unbelief:”. You are pinching the hose of God’s power when you don't believe that God can do what He says He can do. I would hate to think that my unbelief limits God’s power to answer prayer and do the miraculous works that He desires to do through me. My friend, unbelief has kept many prayers from being answered and has limited many great works from being built. Belief may scare you as to what God can do, but you must not let the fear that God may not come through not stop you from exercising faith in God and what He wants you to do.

Third, a hardened heart limits God. The verse above shows that a hardened heart limits God. Has your heart gotten to the point that you “know” it won’t happen? Have you become desensitized to sin and God’s power? Have you seen sin so much that it doesn't bother you anymore? Have you seen God’s power so much that it no longer excites you? A hardened heart is a heart that has been desensitized, and it limits God’s ability to work through you.

Fourth, a lack of work will limit God. Verse 11 says, “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,…” You will never see God do powerful works without hard work. The power of faith is never seen without the labor and hard work of God’s people. Faith needs you to work hard for God to do great works. When you work so hard that everything else is up to God is when God sees your faith that you are willing to labor to see Him work, and that is when He does His greatest works.

My friend, don't you be the cause of pinching the hose to God’s power working. If you want to enjoy the Christian life to its fullest, you must remove any action that would limit God’s power from working through you.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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