The messages we are given by this world, by well-meaning family members or authority figures, even by fellow Christians can make it seem as though God could never do anything impactful through us.
‘You? Who are you? You’re nothing special!’
Those messages can get ingrained within us to the extent that, even when the Word of God and the Spirit of God try to tell us differently, we can’t get it. We can’t seem to ‘bust through’.
It’s almost like there a plexi-glass ceiling above us…we can see beyond it, but we can’t get through it.
So, what do we do?
Many of us just accept the message–‘They must be right–they know me better than I know myself, and they’re saying I’m nothing special…maybe they’re right. I give up.’
Others try with all our might to bust through the ceiling. We try to tell ourselves ‘We’re ‘better’ than they know’, or ‘stronger‘, or ‘more special‘. In other words, we try to counter act their negatives with our own positives, hoping that that will crack the ceiling. We pound on it with determined fists…but all we get is bruised and bloody knuckles.
So, what are we to do?
What is the hope for us?
We don’t need to ‘Crack the Ceiling’…it’s already been cracked and even obliterated!
We simply need to stand by faith on the Truth of the Word of God. HE is the One who has ‘broken through’, and He is the One who can do ‘something special’ with us. HE is the only one!
The Word of God declares, for example, that we are…
Justified and Righteous in Christ:
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24)
Freed from Condemnation:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
Secure In His Love:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Empowered by The Spirit:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Of course, I could go on and on…but the bottom line is this:
If GOD declares that we are ‘Righteous, Freed, Secure, and Empowered’, then those are the words and the truths we should believe–not the lies that the others are trying to hold us down with.
God wants to take us further. He wants us to break through the limits, obstacles, and negative half-truths that we may have heard.
He wants to tell us that, In Jesus, we are ‘Limitless’!