Regardless of our ability and expertise in various areas we all have our earthly limitations – including that of time, resources and strength. Due to the frailty of our humanity there is a finite threshold to what we are able to do. In many things we are powerless, yet we should be continually open to

Don’t focus on what is against you, rather on what and who is for you

the Spirit of God to work in and through us as obedient vessels for His glory – both to receive from Him and to pass on to others.

In contrast to our impotency, God is not constrained in any way – He is all-powerful (omnipotent), able to do whatever He desires. "Of the fullness of His grace we all have received" means all the resources and riches of God are available in Christ, who is able to do much more than we ask or even imagine because it is His power, not ours (Jn 1:16; Eph 3:20; Phil 4:19). This includes with Christ, we are more than conquerors (Rom 8:37). Mary, the yet-to-be mother of Jesus was young, poor and female – all factors that people of her day would consider made her to be unsuitable for God to use in a major way. However, this wasn’t a problem to God. He just requires a willing and obedient heart. Do not limit His power or put yourself out of the race, rather say, “I am the Lord’s servant be it unto me...” (Lk 1:38).

Do not under-rate your ability through false humility or inferiority so that you don’t attempt things. Expectations will sometimes be shattered and mistakes or failures will happen, but through them, we find out weaknesses in our character and areas of ability that need to be attended to. Don’t be held down by your mental perception, rather get God’s view and see the possibilities. Some people are better at manual tasks, others at jobs that require more mental involvement; nevertheless, there is room for improvement for all of us! As your ability increases do not fail to recognise and give Him thanks for the enabling. Move out into God’s unlimited power and ability. He did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and of self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7).

While in the natural realm there may be various restraints, in the spiritual our faith should be developing so we can believe and see increasing growth and fruitfulness in our ministry and answers to prayer. We should not be confident in our own ability and resources, rather putting our confidence and trust in Christ, for we are only the channels through which He flows, as the power is not in us.

Continually challenge your comfort zone – stretching the boundaries of what you are comfortable with. Our potential is always greater than what we have achieved!

Satan tries to shut us down by getting us to focus our attention on our impotency and lack through taking our eyes off the resources available in Christ who enables us to do all the things He has called us to (Phil 4:13). In faith, provided we are doing what we are able to, we can expect God to supply what we are incapable of doing for ourselves. We should

See limitations as opportunities for faith and effort to conquer

not try to be self-sufficient but walk in dependency on Him, receiving from Him, then channelling those blessings on to those who require a touch from Christ (Mt 7:7-11; Jn 15:4,5). Limitations are what we shackle ourselves with – the ‘buts’ are excuses we employ, that seriously impede how God is able to work through us. If He has called us to do something, in faith and obedience begin.

See also: ability, available, boundaries, channel, comfort zone, confidence, dependence, excuses, faith, fear, handicap, omnipotent, position in Christ, positive mental attitude, powerless, resources, thinking/thoughts, weakness.