“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Most companies that rent larger vehicles will often place a governor on the engine to keep it from going over the speed that they would like. If you have ever rented a moving vehicle, you will know the frustration of having your foot on the accelerator pedal desiring more speed, but not being able to go faster because of the governor.
I think that God often has His foot on the accelerator pedal of the Christian’s life, but the Christian has sadly placed a governor on God restricting Him from using them to their fullest capacity. These governors are truly what controls the Christian. Until God is in complete control, the Christian will continue to miss the mark of God using them to their capacity. James 4 lists five governors that hinder God from using the Christian to their fullest capacity.
First, wrong desires will keep God from using you to your fullest capacity. Verses 1-2 talks about the Christian lusting and desiring to have, and those desires is what keeps God from using you. A materialistic Christian will always have limits on God. If God asks this Christian to do something that will hinder them from enjoying their materialistic life, they often reject His directing in their life. You will never be used greatly by the LORD until you fall out of love with materialistic things and in love with God. Get your desires right so that the LORD will be able to lift you up.
Second, wrong friends will keep God from using you to your fullest capacity. Verse 4 talks about the Christian having the “friendship of the world.” You cannot expect God to use you when you are friends with His enemy. If you want God to use you, you had better be sure that your friends are friendly with God. Your friends will either restrict or open God’s capacity to use you. Only have the type of friends who are excited about the LORD working in your life.
Third, a wrong attitude will keep God from using you to your fullest capacity. Verse 6 shows that a proud attitude keeps God from using the Christian. You limit God’s ability to work through you when you think more highly of yourself than you should. When you think you are something, you will often lower God from the throne of your life. If you want God to use you, take yourself off the throne of your life and put God in that place. It is your pride that keeps God from being where He is supposed to be in your life.
Fourth, a wrong submission will keep God from using you to your fullest capacity. Verse 7 talks about the Christian submitting to God. My friend, God can’t use you when you keep submitting to your flesh. The more you submit to your flesh and desires shows the more you are resisting God’s will in your life. God will never be able to use you until you start submitting to Him and His will for you.
Fifth, a wrong presence will keep God from using you to your fullest capacity. The verse above shows that the Christian must humble themselves “in the sight of the Lord.” When is the last time you yielded yourself to God’s Holy Spirit? God can’t use the Christian who isn’t yielding to His Spirit. God greatly uses those who are totally yielded to His Holy Spirit. Anyone who resists this in the least is someone who has placed a governor on God. Take these governors out of your life, and you will see God use you in a mighty way.