For many years now I have been aware of the idea of choosing a word for the year. You know, pick a word or theme for the upcoming year and allow it to guide decisions, work, family, etc. This is usually done toward the end of one year and the beginning of another; looking back over the past year and assessing it while preparing for the upcoming year.
I have never chosen a word or theme for the year, but there have been some years in the past where R.C. and/or I have sensed the Lord bringing a word to our attention. As we simply abide, He brings about circumstances and conversations that contain the word and something in our spirits take notice.
In the beginning of 2014 R.C. felt the Lord drawing his attention the word “transcend”. We weren’t sure exactly what the Lord intended by this word, but we were excited by it. We were in the process of completely changing our life and entering into a season of training to plant churches. As 2014 came to a close we saw very clearly how Jesus had definitely “transcended”. He had transcended all our expectations, imaginations, hopes, dreams, needs. And In Him, we had transcended our circumstances, the expectations of others, even our selves. It was definitely a year of transcending.
TRANSCENDverb tran·scend \tran(t)-ˈsend\
: having no limits
In that moment, the Lord birthed in me the prayer, “Lord, have no limits in me.”
The Lord is asking something of me right now that is definitely outside my comfort zone. It is something that I have never imagined myself able to do. As I have been walking with Him in this the past few months, I have found myself fluctuating between a simple willingness and a bullheaded stubbornness. And today He reminded me of that prayer He birthed in me the beginning of this year, and three things necessary to Him having no limits in me.
1. ABIDING – This truly is the key to all things in Christ. I almost feel silly writing this as abiding is so basic to the christian life, but it goes beyond basic. It is vital. Whenever I function apart from Christ I am limiting Him within me. Whenever I remain in Him, move in Him, live in Him, He is infinite.
2. FAITH – Every time I begin to work on this task the Lord has given me, I have to exercise faith. Faith that He is going to do what I know I cannot do. Faith that He really has asked me to do this. Faith that no matter the outcome in the physical realm, something of spiritual value is being produced. When I am unwilling to believe the Lord I limit Him. When I take Him at His word He is infinite.
3. DENIAL – This one isn’t very popular, but it’s true nonetheless. So very often I want to do anything but what the Lord has asked of me. In those moments I must deny myself, my wants, and instead choose His will. During these past few months there have been plenty of times when I’ve chosen my will over His. Sometimes the task just seems too great for me, and I can choose to let my inability determine my course, or I can rely on His ability. When my self is given sway I limit the Lord. When I choose Him over myself He is infinite.
I am so very far from getting this right, which is why I am so grateful that the Lord reminded me today of the prayer He birthed in me. It is my greatest desire that the Lord have no limits in me. I know this will take a lifetime, but I am sure He can do it.
“Lord, have no limits in me.”