How We Limit God

FAITH – HOW WE LIMIT GOD
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC)

1. INTRODUCTION – WE ALL WANT GOD’S BLESSINGS. WE WANT GOD TO PROSPER US. (PROSPERITY BEGINS WITH KNOWING GOD (BEING SAVED), THEN OUR RELATIONSHIPS, LASTLY MATERIAL POSSESSIONS. JESUS SAID IN Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? THERE ARE THINGS THAT LIMIT GOD’S ABILITY TO BLESS AND PROSPER US. WE SERVE AN ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, OMNIPRESENT GOD, YET HE HAS LIMITED HIMSELF IN SEVERAL WAYS: HE LIMITS HIMSELF BY HIS WORD. GOD LOOKS OVER HIS WORD TO PERFORM IT. HE ALSO HAS LIMITED HIMSELF THROUGH HIS COVENANTS. HE HAS LIMITED HIMSELF THROUGH GIVING US A WILL OF OUR OWN. WE CAN CHOSE TO IGNORE HIS COMMANDMENTS AT OUR OWN PERIL; WE CAN DISOBEY AND TRANSGRESS HIS COMMANDMENTS EVEN AFTER WE KNOW BETTER. THERE ARE THINGS WE DO TO LIMIT GOD ABILITY TO BLESS & PROSPER US:
2. DISOBEDIENCE

CHILDREN OF ISRAEL: HEB 3:7 – 12 – WHEREFORE (AS THE HOLY GHOST SAITH, TO DAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, 8 HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION, IN THE DAY OF TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS: 9 WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME, PROVED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. 10 WHEREFORE I WAS GRIEVED WITH THAT GENERATION, AND SAID, THEY DO ALWAY ERR IN THEIR HEART; AND THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN MY WAYS. 11 SO I SWARE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST.) 12 TAKE HEED, BRETHREN, LEST THERE BE IN ANY OF YOU AN EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF, IN DEPARTING FROM THE LIVING GOD.

3. UNBELIEF
JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES – MAT 21:22 AND ALL THINGS, WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING, YE SHALL RECEIVE.
JESUS AT NAZARETH – MAT 13:58 AND HE DID NOT MANY MIGHTY WORKS THERE BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF.
ROM 4:20 HE STAGGERED NOT AT THE PROMISE OF GOD THROUGH UNBELIEF; BUT WAS STRONG IN FAITH, GIVING GLORY TO GOD; 21 AND BEING FULLY PERSUADED THAT, WHAT HE HAD PROMISED, HE WAS ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM. 22 AND THEREFORE IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
4. IMPATIENCE
ABRAHAM: HEB 6:15 AND SO, AFTER HE HAD PATIENTLY ENDURED, HE OBTAINED THE PROMISE.

DAVID: PSA 40:1 – 2 I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD; AND HE INCLINED UNTO ME, AND HEARD MY CRY. 2 HE BROUGHT ME UP ALSO OUT OF AN HORRIBLE PIT, OUT OF THE MIRY CLAY, AND SET MY FEET UPON A ROCK, AND ESTABLISHED MY GOINGS.
5. INGRATITUDE
IN LEV 7 ALONG WITH THE BURNT OFFERING AND THE TRESPASS OFFERING THERE WAS THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING …
LEV 22:29 AND WHEN YE WILL OFFER A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING UNTO THE LORD, OFFER IT AT YOUR OWN WILL.
DAVID: PSA 116:17 I WILL OFFER TO THEE THE SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING, AND WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD. * PHI 4:6 BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; BUT IN EVERY THING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD.
6. FAILURE TO ASK – ASK, SEEK, KNOCK (MATT 7:7-11, LUKE 11:5-10)
ASK – IMPLIES A CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR NEED & THE BELIEF THAT GOD HEARS US – ASK ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD
SEEK – IMPLIES EARNEST PETITIONING ALONG WITH OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WILL – SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM THE GOD …
KNOCK – IMPLIES PERSEVERENCE IN COMING TO GOD EVEN WHEN HE DOES NOT RESPOND QUICKLY, BE PERSISTANT

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