“How often they provoked Him in the wilderness,
And grieved Him in the desert!
Yes, again and again they tempted God,
And limited the Holy One of Israel” (Ps 78:40, 41; NKJ)
Can the Almighty God be limited by man? Can a worm stop the Niagara fall?
One of God’s titles is the Limitless One. God is omnipresent! How can a man even imagine that God can be ‘caged in’? The word ‘limit’ in Hebrew means to set boundaries, to break to pieces or to grieve. The Holy One means that God is pure, sacred and unique, different than the ordinary and independent from His creation. Can any man limit the power of God who makes Israel stand as a nation in the midst of so many enemies? Is that possible? Surprisingly, the answer is ‘yes’. The mystery of the Word of God is here, to reveal to us that which is beyond human understanding.
In the above Psalm we are told that God can be limited in the following ways:
*when we forget or refuse to believe in the power of God to perform miracles (when our faith is small)
*when we refuse to do spiritual warfare, becoming cowards and traitors in God’s army (when we do not attend prayer meetings in the church)
*when we pray making provision to satisfy the lust of the flesh (indulging in greed and covetousness)
*when we neglect the spiritual duty to teach our children the Word of God (fail as spiritual mentors)
*when we practice hypocrisy, idolatry or become rebellious to God’s commandments
*when we grieve the Holy Spirit
The main reason for grieving the Holy Spirit is bitterness, anger and an unforgiving attitude (Eph 4:30-32). Repent of those! By grieving His Spirit you limit what God can do thru you. The result is the loss of anointing to freely worship God in Spirit and in truth. Limiting God is one of the major reasons for failure especially in the worship ministry. Another effect of limiting God is the general loss of ‘holy romance’. Practically, the number of weddings in the church will decrease and marriages become unhappy. This is what the Word of God says. There is no way we can argue with it. You cannot rationalize these things. You either believe them as the revelation of God’s Word or your eject them. It is a dangerous thing to attend a church where the leaders limit God! Selah!
May the Word find a place in your heart, as a life giving Holy Seed! We repent of limiting God, of breaking His heart and grieving the Spirit of grace! Let the Holy Spirit move freely in the church once again! May the singles marry! May ‘the water become wine’ in the marriages of the believers! May we worship God with passion and freedom in the beauty of His Holiness! May the power of the supernatural, the long prayed for miracles of God manifest in our midst! May revival come!
In Christ I declare:
I worship God, the Holy One of Israel!
I believe in miracles because I believe in God!
I hate sin and the devil! I do spiritual warfare!
I hate rebellion, idolatry, hypocrisy and pride!
I teach the next generation the Word and the Ways of God!
I submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit!
All glory to God!
In Jesus name