life are real. Tragedy is real. Sickness, disease, and the loss of jobs and income are real. No matter what our education, strengths, skills, or financial status, every one of us at one time or another will encounter problems that lie beyond our resources to solve.
We will—if we haven’t already—come to realize that we have limitations. But along with that realization, we also need to realize that there is hope beyond ourselves, a ray of light beyond the dark tunnel of our human limits. And we need to know that we are not alone.
No doubt we’ve all reached times in life when we simply didn’t know what to do. The circumstances seemed impossible from our standpoint. During those times we can throw up our hands in despair and allow feelings of hopelessness to overwhelm us. Or we can look to the Limitless One and let Him strengthen and revive us so we see the possibilities that exist with Him.
GOD WANTS US TO DEPEND ON HIM
So what do you do if your marriage is in trouble? If your kids are rebelling against you and the things of God? If your doctor gives you a bad report? If you find out after putting in years at your place of employment that your job has been terminated?
I can’t specifically tell you what to do in each situation of life. But I can point you to the One who can—and who will!Some problems arise through no fault of our own; others we bring on ourselves. But God wants to show us the way out ofall of them!
Certainly, in the tests and trials of life, we need to make sure we’re not doing something that would prevent God from helping us. For example, if we’re not walking in love, we can short-circuit His power in our lives even though He’s willing to help us. But once we do the things we know to do, we must trust this timeless truth: What is impossible with man is possible with God. We should let it permeate our hearts and dominate our thinking.
When God's Word becomes revelation to you in your heart, it will be a rock to you that will not be shaken.
That’s what Jesus said in Luke 18:27: “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” We have to receive a revelation of that truth. It can’t be mere words that we only mentally agree with. This truth has to become an attitude of life. Then we will be in a strong, steady position to reap those God-possibilities.
You see, until something becomes a revelation to you, you won’t act on it. You may go along with it mentally when you hear it. But it won’t be a living reality to you, and it won’t produce anything of lasting value in your life.
You may be facing a situation where it sounds impossible that God’s Word can become more real to you than whatever you are going through. But it is possible! When God’s Word becomes revelation to you in your heart, it will be a rock that will not be shaken. Nothing can take the truth of the Word away from you if you hold on to it—not circumstances, not other people, and not the enemy himself! And the Word you hold on to will produce something powerful in your life.
MAN IS LIMITED
Someone may read the first part of Luke 18:27 and ask, “Well, isn’t that a negative statement?” No, it is simply a testament to man’s limitations. Humans are limited. We are often limited by knowledge or intellect. We are limited by our natural strength—our physical bodies.
We need to understand who we are as human beings to appreciate what God can do through us and for us. In ourselves, we are nothing, and apart from God, we can do nothing. But we also must understand that as believers, we have the unique ability to live in two realms. We live in and have access to the limited earthly realm and the limitless heavenly realm.
To recognize our limitations, we must understand our individual strengths and weaknesses. Too many people are trying to be something they’re not supposed to be—simply because they want to!
Throughout the Bible, we see great leaders whom God used to bring deliverance, blessing, and protection to His people. We should all try to emulate their faith, but that doesn’t mean we should try to emulate their office.
If your talent lies in one area, and you’re trying to function in other areas, you will be frustrated! Certainly, you can feel challenged when you’re functioning in the middle of God’s perfect will. But He gives you grace. You may feel challenged at times, but you won’t continually be frustrated.
One of the great secrets of success is to find out your abilities and limitations and go from there. In other words, know thyself! God created those abilities within you, and He wants to use them to His glory. On the other hand, unless you have specifically heard from God to do otherwise, don’t go beyond your limitations.
When you find out who you really are, and you begin to operate in those channels, things will go well for you. That’s hard for some people to accept because they don’t want to admit that there are some areas they are simply not gifted in. They get down on themselves or feel inferior if they can’t do something as well as somebody else can. But they need to realize that God is their Creator. He doesn’t make mistakes—and He doesn’t make inferior creations!
Jesus Himself said, “I do not pray that You [God the Father] should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:15–16 NKJV).
We are in the world, but we are not of the world!
As I said, believers have the unique ability to live in two realms at the same time. When we are born again, we gain citizenship in Heaven. We’re part of a divine exchange. Limited man meets unlimited God. When that happens, our impossibilities can become God’s possibilities on the earth!
THINK IT OVER
In any situation that seems impossible, how can you place your faith in the wisdom and power of God
and not man?
Kenneth W. Hagin
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