On Thursday nights we have been going through the book, Don’t Limit God, Imagine Yourself Successful. It has been a great reminder of all He has given us and what we have in Him. EVERYTHING!!! I have really enjoyed being reminded of His truths and my heart has been in a place of receiving and hearing it all in a different way. Limiting the Lord is such an easy trap to fall into. We don’t think we do limit Him until we stop to imagine what putting NO limits on Him looks like. That’s when I know I have many limits on the Lord. “Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship. Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” Romans 12:1-2
“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think.”
Romans 12:1b Passion Bible “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” Romans 12:1b NKJV
When we think like the rest of the world we are being conformed to this world and our thoughts will be limited and we will limit God in our lives. I have prayed and meditated on these verses so much the last 6 months as we prepared for the conference. In my mind this was impossible but as I let my mind be renewed in Him and His ways I knew it was so possible with Him and would be a blessing beyond what I thought or imagined. Being conformed to this world brings so much fear and confusion. My imaginations and my fears become a reality in my life and I wonder what went wrong and where is the Lord? When I renew my mind to Who He is in me there is such peace, joy and belief beyond what I ever thought I could believe. As I renew my mind – put new thoughts and imaginations in my heart and mind, my heart is softened. A soft heart towards God is a thankful heart and full of the Word. A renewed mind meditates on the Word, glorifies Him and follows His ways. My mind will be focused on Him and His finished work of the cross. I won’t be focused on myself, my fears and my beliefs. Whatever we focus and imagine becomes alive in our lives. I want His truths to come alive as I focus on Him and His ways.
Tony and Rosa Rivera are with us today. We have known them for over 20 years and been so blessed by their love and dedication to the Lord and His ways. They are an example of Romans 12:1-2. I have seen them with thankful and grateful hearts, full of His Word, humble and seeking to go His way and listen to Him. “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast - that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character, Because he trusts and takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation.” Isaiah 26:3
“So with the wisdom given to me from the Lord I say: You should not live like the unbelievers around you who walk in their empty delusions.” Ephesians 4:17 Passion Bible
“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV
When we are thinking and living like the rest of the world thinks and believes we cannot live a limitless life in the Lord. I spent most of 2017 working on softening and preparing the condition of my heart so that I could once again, take the limits off Him and not limit Him. The ways of this world, the hurts, the expectations, the perceptions of myself and how others saw me had caused me to have a hardened heart in areas and walk in empty delusions a lot. To do and be all God made me to be I had to change some beliefs in my heart and let Him prepare me to do what He called me to do. The World Conference could not have been the success it was if our hearts seeing it touching so many lives and actually saw it successful.
That is also how I see Tony and Rosa. They are not worried about the cares of this world and how and what the world thinks and does. They have a vision in their heart from the Lord and they are going for it. Just a few months ago Tony saw a church building and now a new home for the children and elderly and they have worked endless hours to make that imagine a reality. What an example they are to me. They don’t give up but they keep the image the Lord has given them before their eyes and continue to go towards it. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.” Hebrews 11:1 Hope – the earnest expectation of good. When we hope we earnestly expect. What are you earnestly expecting? “The Lord earnestly waits expecting, looking and longing to be gracious to you.” Isaiah 10:18 As a child and adult many of us are taught to not get our hopes up. Someone was trying to protect our hearts from being broken when we were told that but how can you have faith if you don’t have hope – if you don’t have something to have faith for? “Faith brings our hopes into reality.”
Our hopes should be out of this world! We should be hoping and believing beyond what we think possible. This comes from a mind that has been renewed in Him not the mind who is dwelling on the things of this world. “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Ephesians 3:20 Passion Bible
“Now to Him who is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams, according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 Amp.
This is my desire to fill my heart and imaginations – my mind with His ways and have hope beyond whatever I can imagine. This is the example Tony and Rosa have lived and I am so thankful for the courage, strength, trust, hope and compassion they have because the Lord is in them and the Holy Spirit is working mightily through them.
What are your dreams, visions, hopes that the Lord has placed inside you? Hold fast to them and go forward with them. Don’t let the cares of this world steal all you have been given. (Read Mark 4:13-20). Set your mind and thoughts on Him and watch your life excel and soar above and beyond your wildest thoughts. “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast - that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character, Because he trusts and takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation.” Isaiah 26:3 This should be the normal for every Believer! Let’s go for it! I’ve made a decision I don’t want the old way of the world anymore.
Thank you Tony and Rosa for living your dreams, believing when it was beyond belief and being an example to us. Thank you for not quitting but renewing your heart and mind to go beyond even when you are in your 70’s! Love you and appreciate you so much!!!