How to break limitations and advance in life
God created man and gave him all the freedom he needed in the garden of Eden. But after he was deceived, God drove him out of the garden and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden and a flaming sword which turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. God simply limited man’s freedom. He cursed the ground on man’s account meaning it couldn’t produce as it was originally supposed to. This also became a limitation. Man had access to everything in the garden including all fruit trees, but after sin, all this was taken away. This was a limitation. Limitations have existed from the beginning of the world.
The word “limit” is defined as: a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass; a restriction on the size or amount of something permissible or possible. When you are limited, you are restricted and kept within bounds meaning there are levels and places you cannot pass; You are restrained, put a brake on, regulated, controlled, governed, demarcated, obstructed and arrested. A limit is something that bounds, restrains or confines. When you are limited, you are held down. A limit implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed or degree), beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go. It’s a restriction which suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary. God restricted man from entering Eden by putting a cherubim and a flaming sword. The curse that was spoken on the ground on man’s account restricted the fruitfulness and productivity of the land.
People who are limited do not and cannot go beyond certain boundaries. In ancient times, people used to put gates and built strong walls as a way of fortifying their city. The aim was to limit movements in and out of the city and most importantly, to keep the enemy out of their territory. But when a stronger enemy attacked, they would break those limitations and break-through into the city and conquer it. Sometimes it would take a shorter period and other times it would take longer to conquer it depending on how strong the limitations were. Most of us are under serious limitations even though we may not be aware of it. But the good news is that any limitation can be broken.
Limitations don’t come from God, they are enemy’s strategy to keep us out of God’s plans and purposes. Whatever happened in the garden of Eden was a consequence of Adam’s actions. He disobeyed God knowing so well that the consequences of his disobedience would be death. Limitations are a form of death in our lives. Christ was manifested to destroy the works of darkness and anyone in Him has the power and authority to break any form of limitation from their lives.
When the enemy deceived man, he took away the power and authority which God had given to him to dominate the world. He was now under the power and control of the enemy, but in Christ Jesus, it has all been restored back. This means that unless one is born again and in Christ Jesus, they cannot break or live beyond the limits set by the enemy in their lives. The first step therefore is to be restored back to God through Christ Jesus. Another step that you should take once you are saved is to renew your mind. The scriptures tell us to be careful how we think for our lives are shaped by our thoughts. This means that your mind is a very powerful tool and it shouldn’t be allowed to think about anything and everything. It is our personal responsibility to ensure that what we think about is in line with God’s word. Someone has said that you cannot rise above the plane of your mental conditioning and for you to break free from limitations, you will need to renew your mind.
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect ~ Romans 12:2 GNT
In Christ Jesus, you are free and you shouldn’t allow the enemy to keep you bound and under his captivity.
Jerusalem, be strong and great again! Holy city of God, clothe yourself with splendor! The heathen will never enter your gates again. Shake yourself free, Jerusalem! Rise from the dust and sit on your throne! Undo the chains that bind you, captive people of Zion! ~ Isaiah 52:1-2 GNT
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities ~ Isaiah 54:2-3 ESV