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Do Not Limit God Part Two

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward (Hebrews 10:35, KJV). In the previous blog, we found a couple ways that people limit God in their lives: unbelief, and maintaining a hardened heart. Another way that they limit God ties in with the previous two, which is alluded to in our opening Scripture text: casting away their confidence. People can throw away their confidence by the things they do, and the attitudes and beliefs they maintain.

One way that a person casts away his confidence and thereby limits God is rejecting the will of the Father. 1John 5:14 plainly states, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (KJV). Clearly, when we know we are praying according to His will we have confidence that our prayer is being heard. There is intentionality behind it. That is to say, we are to be intentional about following the will of God. Conversely, when we reject His will, or are careless about His will, our confidence will most definitely wane, unless of course, we are self-deceived. What some fail to realize is that we are most contented, joyful, and even happy when we are in the will of the Father. It is the way we are designed. Unfortunately, there are those who think they know better than God does. For some reason, they believe that they will be the happiest when they follow their own will and plans for their life. So much for, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) and “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)! Happiness is based on outer circumstances and has no real stability. Therefore, while they may initially be happy as the result of their circumstances based on their carnal decisions, there will be no real joy or contentment. With obedience comes fullness of joy (see John 15:11), not disobedience. If a person is actively seeking his own will while rejecting or ignoring the will of the Father, they will absolutely have no confidence with God in whatever they do.
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Who Calls Those Things Which Be Not As If They Were?

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he (Abraham) believed, even God, Who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (KJV).

From time to time, there will be those who will misapply the Word of God when trying to walk or speak by faith. It is not that they intend to misapply it; rather, they have either have been taught incorrectly, or they believe they see a principle to apply without studying it out more fully. Usually, the intentions are good in that they want to please God through living by faith. One such verse that is sometimes misused is Romans 4:17. Sometimes, believers will use this verse as a license to “Call those things which be not as if they were.” While this verse helps bring definition to how faith works, we cannot lawfully use it to call things into existence, at least on our own.
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