What a fabulous thought. Can I lead a life that is not limited by my ability, opportunity, connections, or accomplishments? Can I live a life that is not limited by how much money I have, or how I look, or even my physical condition? Can I live a life without limitations even if I am in a prison? Many of the prisons that we find ourselves in are self-induced. I was once given a dream that taught this lesson in a very vivid way.
In the Dream – I was standing before the top leaders of the military. Generals and Admirals of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. They said to me, “We have spared no expense in your preparation – you have been trained in every form of combat and defense – you have been authorized to use every weapon available to us.” I then asked, ” What is my mission?” They said, “You are to go behind enemy lines and set the POWS free.” The next scene I was behind enemy lines in a prison camp. There were row after row of concrete prisons about 10 feet by 10 feet. In each prison house was a man sitting on a fold out iron bed holding his head in his hands in despair. Yet, when I looked, not one of the prison houses had a door on it. Every prisoner could have walked out of their self-induced prison term any time they quit believing the lie that they were in a prison they could not get out of! The prisons of the Roman days were much different than today’s prisons. The prisoners were often shackled and forced to lie in their own waste. Yet, we find that the Apostle Paul was a man without limitations even though he was in one of these atrocious prisons. Look at the comments he made through the Holy Spirit while he was shackled.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Any of the above scriptures are often difficult for us to quote and believe, even when we are not found in a brutal prison. Yet, how could Paul say, “My God shall supply all of your needs, rejoice always and again I say rejoice,” while completely denied the freedom and comforts we enjoy? He truly knew how to live without limitations.
Many of us believe that it is the actions of others that determine our future or limit our opportunities. Yet, in truth it is our own mind-set that limits us. The Bible calls them strongholds. A stronghold has been defined as a “mindset that accepts as unchangeable those things we know are contrary to the purposes of God.” What we are saying in a nutshell is that it is our own thoughts, actions, and beliefs that put limitations on our life, and in truth no one can change these except us. I want to discuss four things that must change if we are to live a “Life Without Limitations.”
1. How we think –
2. What we speak-
3. How we look at our trials, problems, tests, and troubles-
4. Our understanding of the “Fatherhood” of God-
The Bible has so much to say about our thought life. I once asked the Lord why the church seems so powerless and His answer was a very simple one. Through another dream He spoke saying, “It is your own thoughts, opinions, ideas, imaginations, and preferences that have negated the power of the word of God to function correctly in your life. Let us consider these verses.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, Request prophetic word whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
I would like to challenge each of us today to be very conscious of every thought that we have over the next few days. Let us seek to bring into captivity every thought that does not agree with what the Lord has said over us through His word or through a dream or prophetic word. Capture and hold every thought that is negative and critical. Put in prison every thought that limits our life in God. In other words, do not allow ourselves to pity, boast, criticize, or minimize. Rather, let us speak only those things the word of God says. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
What we will soon discover is that as long as we are looking at our own selves, or our situations, our abilities, skills, resources, or lack thereof, we cannot accomplish this task of bringing every thought into captivity. No dear one, it is only when we have learned to see ourselves in Jesus Christ that this can be done. You see, it is Christ’s resources that we are to live in – not our own. It is His wisdom, His power, His authority, and His love. As the scriptures say – looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
Are you beginning to get a glimpse of what a life without limitations looks like? Can you see with me that it is not about who we are, or what we can do, or what we have that determines this, but rather, who and what He is to us! Let us quit looking at ourselves and what we can do. Let us quit agreeing with our limitations, for indeed, we have many, but rather, let us recognize, “I can do all things through Christ.”