A large portion of the content of this sermon series came from the book by Andrew Wommack entitled, “Don’t Limit God – Imagine Yourself Successful”.
(Psalms 78:41 NKJV) Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.
(Psalms 78:41 TPT) Again and again they limited God, preventing him from blessing them. Continually they turned back from him and provoked the Holy One of Israel!
The Hebrew word for “limited” not only means “restraining someone from what they can do because of one’s own attitudes or actions.” It also means “causing someone discomfort or pain because of one’s behavior or attitude”.
How Do We Limit God?
- We limit God through our wrong beliefs.
- We limit God by comparing ourselves with others.
- We limit God by getting distracted by the cares of this world.
- We limit God through a fear of risk.
- We limit God with a fear of failure.
- We limit God with a fear of change.
- We limit God because of a fear of man.
- We limit God because of a fear of success.
The Power of Your Imagination
- God created us with imaginations, and we can’t think without them.
Most of us don’t realize how much we use our imaginations, thinking they’re just for kids, but we use our imaginations every moment of every day.
Imagination (Dictionary): “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality”.
In other words, imagination is the ability to see something with our minds that we cannot see with our physical eyes.
We all have an image inside of us of what we can do, along with what we are incapable of doing.
This latter image serves as a ceiling, or limit, on what God can do in our lives.
Imagination acts like a governor (limiter) on an engine.
- Our memory is tied to our imagination.
(1 Chronicles 29:18 KJV) O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
Most of us don’t write down where we parked our cars every time we go somewhere; we just have a mental image of where we left it.
We can’t remember anything we can’t picture or imagine.
The Hebrew word for “imagination” in this verse is “yeser” and it was translated “imagination” five times in the Old Testament.
(Genesis 6:5 KJV) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
(Genesis 8:20-21 NKJV) Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (21) And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
(1 Chronicles 28:9 KJV) And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.
“Yeser” can also be translated “frame” or “mind”. (Substitute imagination)
(Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
“Yeser” can also be defined as “conception” (Strong’s Concordance).
- The imagination is our spiritual womb – it’s where we conceive God’s miracle-working power.
No imagination means no conception.
We are not seeing answers to our prayers because we will not allow that to be conceived in our imaginations.
A lot of us are praying for things but we are not allowing those things to be conceived in our imaginations. (Example of a couple that is praying for a child but is not having physical relations with her husband.)
If we conceive a miracle, we will give birth to it.
We must take control and begin to conceive the purposes of God in our imagination.
We would become spiritually pregnant, and it would just be a matter of time until we give birth—it will happen!
- We must meditate on the Word of God until we conceive something.
If we have an intimate relationship with the Word, it will become alive and real to us.
Then once we conceive it in our imaginations, we will receive it.
- Before you see something happen on the outside, you must see it on the inside.
It must become so real to you that you see yourself doing it or experiencing it.
You won’t see the miracle-power of God if you are defeated, discouraged, or depressed in your imagination.
Resurrect your imagination and start using it in a positive way!
- When it comes to God’s plan for our lives, we must use our imaginations to see those things come to pass.
Our lives are the way they are today because of the way we have seen them or pictured them in our imaginations—the way we think determines the direction our lives will go.
Nothing can be built without an imagination.
Architects use blueprints to show builders how to construct what they have imagined.
You can’t see anything happen without your imagination. You must use your imagination to start thinking and seeing bigger.
We will become exactly what we imagine—whether that image is positive or negative.
- If we can picture or imagine something from God’s Word, we can have it or do it!
We would be much better off if we spent time encouraging our imaginations. We need to find out what the Word says about us and pray and let the Holy Spirit give us an image of what He wants us to do—and who He wants us to be.