One of the reasons we allow our doubts to limit what God would do in us, through us and for us is that our idea of what God wants to do in us, through and for us is much too small. What we have to do is let go of our small view of what God wants to do in us, through us and for us so that we can embrace God’s view of what He wants to do in us, through us and for us. Let me show you the best example of this from Scripture that I know.
“Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 (NKJV)
When God calls Abraham He gives him some pretty incredible promises.
I will make you a great nation.
I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
I will make you a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you.
I will curse those who curse you.
I will make you a blessing to all the families of the earth.
Think about the size of these promises. These really are huge things. These promises would give purpose and significance to Abraham’s life. These promises would produce a passion for life. These promises were almost certainly greater than anything Abraham ever planned or imagined for himself. Yet this is exactly what God planned and imagined for Abraham’s life. What Abraham had to do was enlarge his view of God’s plan so that it fit with God’s view of God’s plan.
Just as God had grand plans for Abraham’s life, God has grand plans for your life and mine. They are plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Is our view of God’s plans for our lives as big as God’s plans for our lives? We have also been given great and precious promises.
I Am A New Creation- “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Many people live with guilt at who they were and what they did before they were saved. Now because of Christ we are new people. The old person doesn’t matter anymore. Learn from your past mistake but don’t let them hold you back.
Do you really believe/expect that you are a new creation and that what/who you were before coming to Jesus is gone?
Jesus Is On My Side- “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1 (NKJV)
What is God’s desire? That we not sin. But what if we do sin? We had an advocate with the Father. When is Jesus our advocate with the Father? He is our advocate with the Father when we sin. Jesus is always on our side as believers. He is always our advocate. He is always our righteousness. He is always the reason we are free from condemnation.
Do I believe/expect that you are always free from condemnation and that Jesus is always your advocate with the Father? As a believer, are you convinced that Jesus is always for you and never against you?
You Are Victorious Through Christà “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)
Always victors in Christ. This doesn’t mean we don’t struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil, but it does mean we fight from a position of victory and not defeat. Believers in Christ are not poor, pitiful and just struggling to get by. We are victors in Christ and because of Christ. Jesus has won the victory for us and we get to take part in it.
Do you really believe/expect to be victorious in yor struggles against the world, the flesh and the devil?
God Has A Divine Purpose For Your Life– “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
How we are saved? We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. Why we are saved? We are saved to do the good works that God has planned for us to do. God really has something specific for you and I to do in service to Jesus. Something He planned just for us to do long before we were born.
Do you really believe/expect that God has a divine purpose for your life?
You Are An Ambassador For Christ– “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV)
Ambassador for Christ is a pretty cool concept. Believers represent Christ in the world. When we share the Gospel and invite people to Jesus we are speaking for Jesus. It is as though God were speaking through us as we talk to people. That’s a pretty important job.
Do you believe/expect that you truly represent Jesus everywhere you go and in everything you do? Do you believe/expect that God speaks through you when you invite people to Jesus?
While you are probably familiar with these promises, I wonder does your life reflect these promises. Do you really expect these promises to come true? Do you really believe these promises contain God’s plans for your life? Is your view of God’s plan for your life this big?
Does your view of who you are in Christ include you being:
A new creation?
Free from condemnation?
Victorious through Christ?
Saved for a divine purpose?
An ambassador for Christ?
If not, then you need to enlarge your view of God’s plan for your life so that it can include the revealed promises of God. This will prevent you from hindering what God wants to do in you, through you, and for you.