I am convinced in my spirit that many Christians are limiting God’s work in their lives by their doubts. We all trust God in most areas of our lives, especially for our salvation. But most of us have one area we block off where we don’t truly believe God will undertake for us.
Perhaps you have faithfully prayed for the healing of a relative or a friend in their bouts with a disease or illness. Yet often, when it comes to healing in your own life—for your marriage, an illness, a stray son or daughter—you doubt God is willing to do the same for you. You limit God by your unbelief.
I personally limit God most in the area of physical healing. I have prayed for the healing of many and have seen God perform miracle after miracle. But when it comes to my own body, I limit God. I’m afraid to let Him be God to me. I douse myself with medicine or run to a doctor before I ever pray for myself. Of course it isn’t wrong to go to the doctor. But it’s easy to forget that God desires to heal me.
I ask you: Do you pray for God to bring down walls in China or Cuba—but when it comes to the salvation of your own family, you lack faith? You think, “God must not want to do this. He doesn’t hear me in this matter.’ If this is true of you, then you’re not seeing him as God. His desire is to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
At times the Lord has told me, “Milley, you’ve tied my hands. You’ve shackled me. How can I answer you when, deep down, you don’t believe I will? Your doubt hinders me from being God to you. You have to know this about my nature—that I am more willing to give than you are to receive.
“They…limited the Holy One of Israel” (Psalm 78:41). God met Israel’s need time after time, yet his people continued to wonder: “Can God really do this for us? Sure, he made a way for us through the Red Sea, but can He give us bread now?” God gave them bread. In fact, He spread a table for them in the wilderness. “But can He give us water?” they asked. He gave them water from a rock. “But can He give us meat?” He gave them meat from the sky. “But can He deliver us from our enemies?” again and again God provided and delivered in every area. Yet the people spent forty years never settled on faith, always asking, “Can God…? Can God…?”
We ought to be saying, “God can! God can!” He did—and He will. God can and will do all that we ask and believe Him for.
By faith I keep pressing on!