Several years ago, I decided to hire a voice coach. I only went once, because I was so discouraged after my first lesson. I walked in thinking I was “the man”, but by the time she was finished with me, I was frustrated. I convinced myself it wasn’t worth going because the drive was too long, but I have to admit I was also nervous, perhaps because I deep down, I was convinced I wouldn’t be good enough.
In my first session, the song we worked on was Kyrie by Mr. Mister. I could hit all of the notes except for one. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t hit the note.
We continued that first session by doing additional exercises where she would ask me to test my range, and would push me beyond what I was able to do. I grew frustrated. What I didn’t realize was that while I was hitting a wall, she was trying to push me beyond it.
The children of Egypt experienced the same thing, whether it was facing the Red Sea or coming out of the desert facing the Jordan. In both circumstance, they “hit a wall”. A wall of water that stood between where they were and where they needed to go. A wall that confined them from their destiny.
God creates each and every one of us with so much potential, so many different talents and abilities, but many of us have buried this potential beneath a pile of doubt and worldly lies. We hit the walls life slams down before us, unconvinced they can be broken down.
If you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your life, like success is just not for you, that you’re too poor or sick or don’t have any talent, then I urge you to hear what Apostle Ronald Hamm has to say.
Apostle Hamm explains in his book, Destroying the Spirit of Limitations, that these walls we hit, these barriers we experience are actually spirits. They need to be identified-and destroyed.
“The spirit of limitation is a force whose purpose is to restrict, resist and restrain you from reaching your destiny”, he writes. These spirits convince us to believe the mental constructs and lies we hear over and over-most often from ourselves-that we’re not good enough, we don’t have the talent or potential.
We can’t keep committing to defeat, or letting the world’s way of thinking keep us from success any longer. We can’t let ourselves be convinced that our limitations are permanent or binding. Rather, we need to bind this spirit of limitations, to tap into the Kingdom’s way of thinking.
As Apostle Hamm writes, “The Scripture says that you should LET the same mindset that Christ had be in you. (Phil 2:5-9) By virtue of the fact that it says LET, indicates that you can do it. You have full function of your mind to cause it to change the way it thinks.” The pages of Destroying the Spirit of Limitations are full of wisdom such as this: how to take your thoughts captive to Christ and change them from the world’s way of thinking into God’s way of thinking.
When I was working with my voice coach, getting frustrated, what I didn’t realize at the time is that she was purposely trying to find my limits. She was more interested in quickly identifying what I could not do, than listen to what I can do. She intentionally continued to bring me to a place where my voice would fail.
As I left that day, I am sure she sensed my frustration with her. She pulled me aside and said, “You hired me. I don’t need your money. If you are here, we need to have an agreement, what kind of student are you going to be?”
Looking back, I see what she was really saying… are you going to trust me that I have your best interest in mind? This is what we do with God. He knows darn well what he is doing. Can we trust Him enough to face our own limits, to break down our own walls?
My prayer is that you are able to stop listening to the world’s pessimistic view of physical, cultural or economic limitations, and start destroying our spiritual limitations. I urge you to trust the potential God has given us to create, to lead, to invent or discover. God designed us with amazing minds, talents and potential. I challenge you today to push beyond the limitations placed on your life, to break down the walls you’ve hit and to begin trusting the plan God has for you.
Winning with you,