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Take the Limits off Your Life

Are you one of those people who has a barely-get-by mentality? Are you always waiting for the other shoe to drop? I know many people who just can't seem to get a break. Their mindset is this is as good as it gets.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)

We can set major limits in our own lives and the lives of our children simply by displaying a perpetual that's my lot in life attitude. Seeing your future carved out from generations past can take permanent root in your soul and become your way of life.

We are creatures of habit; good ones and bad, and we learn what we live. We become products of our surroundings. If you have grown up a certain way, perhaps doing without or in a very negative household, chances are, you have learned those exact ways of limited and negative thinking and have carried them straight into your adult life.

I once heard a story about a lady who always made a beautiful ham for holiday dinners. Before she placed the ham in the oven to cook, she always cut off a piece at each end. One day her young daughter asked her why she always cuts off the ends of the ham? The mother responded saying this is how her own mother had always done it; so she cooks her ham as her mother had taught her. After the girl's mom thought about it for a while, she decided to call her own mother to ask why the ends of the ham needed to be cut off? The response on the other end of the phone was that of a chuckle followed by, "I always cut the ham ends off because my pan was too small to fit the large ham."

Metaphorically speaking, how many of us simply cut the ends off the ham rather than just get a larger pan? A larger vision for our lives? Sometimes we don't even question our realities. We act like we have no power to make changes, to venture out off the beaten path and tread upon unchartered territory. We become complacent and comfortable with the status quo and never wander out past the walls of our own set limitations. We would rather succeed at nothing than fail at something. We give up before we even think to buy a bigger pan!

Jeremiah 1:5 says, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart ..." (NLT)

God chose you. He formed you. He set you apart! That means He designed you and made you to His exact specifications. He made you in His image with a great purpose and plan for your life. So no matter how you were raised or what has caused you to have negative or limited thinking, God has set you apart for greatness even before you were born.

We have Royal blood flowing through our veins. We are made in God's own image, we are His descendants, His children. God has made us all for a divine purpose in which to glorify Him. He wants to bless us and prosper us. He wants us to live in amazing victory. We have authority over any negativity in our lives. God's Word is truth for our lives.

See yourself as God sees you. Take off the chains that bind you, that hold you back and whisper defeat. The same old thinking will always reap the same old results. Start seeing a new vision for your lives and those lives you will influence in the future. You can change the paths of generations that follow just by declaring God's promises.

"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:38 NKJV)

Copyright © Nina Keegan. Used by permission.

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