8.12.2014

Matthew 17:14-20 (1)

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Living with the unlimited belief of Jesus
Reading: Matthew 17:14-20

Sometimes, we may have a limited belief, a limited faith.
We may even have an unhealthy belief or an unhealthy faith.
We may also live with those who have a limited belief, a limited faith, an unhealthy belief or an unhealthy faith.
So, we may not recognize that we have a limited belief, a limited faith, an unhealthy belief or an unhealthy faith, because we have lived with those limited beliefs so long.
Since we have been living with them so long, we thought this was a norm.
And we learn to think like them and live like them.
So, we feel normal.
But because of it we suffer without knowing the full potential that is given by God.

Maybe you are living with those who always say:
“You cannot do that.
You don’t know anything.”
They may say this limited belief about you and about themselves.
Then since you grew up in that environment, you may be always complaining saying:
“It didn’t work.
It is too difficult or impossible.
I am too young. So, I am not able.
I am too old. So, I cannot do that.
I cannot do that, because I don’t have an education.
I cannot do that, because I don’t have a degree.
I cannot do that because of my situation.
I cannot do that, because I am a Korean.
I cannot do that, because I am an Asian.
I cannot do that, because I am an American.
I cannot succeed because my sister or my brother has not succeed yet.”

You may be saturated with these wrong thoughts.
Then saying these things, you may not resist doing new things even when God inspires you.
You may not even try, because you have a limiting belief.
And it limits your thinking.
Your limited beliefs lead to limited imagination.
A limited imagination leads to mediocre results.

How can we get rid of these limiting beliefs?
We change them by the grace of God in Jesus name.

But we may also do two things to help God work in us.
First, we need to read the story of Jesus.
We need to read about the unlimited faith of Jesus.
This unlimited faith leads to unlimited prayer and unlimited imagination.
Then we may need to verbalize these in our prayer time.
In this way, God may change our limited and false belief.
Then we may pray according to our unlimited belief which will lead to a great result in Jesus name.

So, secondly, Jesus invites us to talk to God.
When we talk to God, we understand what God thinks.
Then God may give us a wonderful imagination about how our life can go on.
God gives us an idea to bless other people and God.
When we pray, God can free us from all those false and wrong beliefs.
Then as we pray, you may understand.
As you pray, you may have ideas, visions or goals.
Then you can plan your life based on God’s vision and dream toward you.
So, praying in Jesus’ name, we can have a goal.
Then we can pray about various actions plan.
Then we can carry out those plans in Jesus name.
In this way, we learn to do more and do better and do well.

When we read the story of Jesus, we become a good manager of our mind.
Sometimes, God may intervene and ask you to obey Jesus.
Then we may learn to forgive and do what Jesus wants for our life.

For example Jesus said:
“You have so little faith.
The truth is that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”
We need to learn this new powerful thoughts of Jesus.
We need to teach this powerful belief of Jesus.
In this way, we get to know God through Jesus the Christ.

Jesus was trying to help us going beyond some limited beliefs.
Jesus was trying to create an unlimited belief in us.
So, Jesus wanted us to say:
“All things are possible for those who believe in Jesus.
We are called to have power beliefs in Jesus' name.
Jesus can update our thoughts and beliefs according to the truth.”

You may also gather all the powerful promise and beliefs of Jesus Christ.
You may think of these beliefs to strengthen you.
For example:
“As for God all is possible.”
“We can do all things in Jesus name.”
“God loves you.
God loves you and gives the Son of God for you.”

Some of our limited and false belief may be hard to change.
One of the things that we can do is to add doubt to our false and limited beliefs.
(1) When you face some limiting beliefs that you have, you ask:
Really?
Is it true?
In this way, you may question and weaken these false and limited beliefs.
Some people have a weird belief saying:
“If I succeed, my siblings and friends would feel terrible or jealous.
So, I should not succeed.”
Then add doubts:
Really?
Is it true?

Some people add doubts when Jesus says:
“As for God all is possible.”
We add doubts.
Then because of it, we could not experience the truth.
So, we should add doubts to false, limited beliefs, instead.

Lastly, it is good to have an unlimited belief.
But having this unlimited belief does not mean that we can do whatever we want.
This unlimited belief also has a limit, because we want to have the unlimited belief to please God.
So, we draw a line according to our calling in life.
Then, we stay inside the line: inside of our calling.
That means we know when to say no.
We say no to other things that is not our calling.
When we know our calling, we know what we are not going to do.
It is good to know what we are not going to do, because we only have 24 hours per day.
Then we can say yes to our calling and devote our time to it.
Then we can follow our calling.

So when we have new opportunity, we prayerfully decide what we are going to do, based on our calling.
We also prayerfully decide what you are not going to do, based on our calling.
Then our life will eventually produce the wonderful results that God intended even before we were born.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, we believe that we can do all things in your name.
Help us to know what to do with our life.
Then help us to move forward with your plan.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.