Don't Limit God

Twenty years ago, on January 31, 2002, God spoke something to me that transformed my life. This was the second most important encounter with the Lord I’ve ever had. He told me that I was limiting Him with my small thinking. God’s words to me were based on Psalm 78:40-41.

How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

These verses refer to the children of Israel who came out of Egypt and continually murmured and complained and rebelled against God. With their attitudes, they limited God and the miracles He had for them. God never intended them to spend forty years wandering in the desert.

So, after God spoke to me, I made the decision that I was going to take the limits off of Him and believe big. One of the first things I did was hold a meeting with my staff to let them know of my change of heart. I told them, “I don’t know how long it’s going to take to change this image on the inside, but I’ve been limiting God, and I’m going to take the limits off. I’m going to believe God big, and we are going to see change happen.” And I wrote a letter to my partners to notify them.

Since then, the changes that have occurred in my ministry have been incredible. The difference between my ministry today and twenty years ago is phenomenal. I’m sharing all the amazing things God has done in my ministry, not to give myself credit and pat myself on the back, but to praise God, to demonstrate that what I’m talking about works and is not just theory, and to encourage you.

I’ll highlight the main changes we’ve seen. Back in 2002, we had 23 employees. Today, we have 987 employees worldwide. It takes 43 times more staff to minister and meet the needs of people now than it did twenty years ago. My television show covered just 3 percent of the U.S. population, and today, we cover over 3.2 billion people in 13 different languages worldwide. We had a budget of $50,000 per month for television. Today, our budget is $1.25 million per month for television. Back in 2002, we received 24,000 calls per year. In 2021, we answered 675,000 calls. Our building had 14,600 square feet on 2 acres of land, and we now have 620,000 square feet of building space and 493 acres of land. I believe God has positioned us to be able to expand Charis Bible College even more in the foreseeable future.

Again, I mention all this in gratitude to God and to show the difference it makes when you stop limiting God. I’ve known for over fifty years that God’s purpose in my life was to reach people around the world with the Gospel. Twenty years ago, I was moving in the direction of having a worldwide ministry, but I was just inching along. At the rate I was going, it probably wouldn’t have happened in my lifetime.

But after God spoke to me and I decided to take the limits off, things began to change. One of the most important things I want to emphasise is the change that happened on the inside of me. My attitude completely changed. My small thinking had hindered God and had acted like a dam to God’s plans for my life. When my attitude changed, it was like that dam broke loose and allowed God’s blessings to flow through to me. The breakthroughs that have come over the last twenty years have been absolutely miraculous.

Sad to say, the vast majority of the body of Christ limits God. Many people have this misconception that ministers have this special relationship with God that the average person just can’t have. People with this mindset are saved and stuck. They’re waiting until they go to heaven before they see change. I disagree with this 100 percent. I believe that anything God has done in my life, He’ll do for others. Romans 2:11 tells us God is no respecter of persons. I’m not saying He’ll do exactly for you what He did for me, but if you take the limits off and begin to dream big, then whatever your lane is - whatever God has called you to do - will be big.

I don’t believe God has ever made a piece of junk. He’s never made a failure. He’s never made somebody to just occupy space and do nothing. God created all of us with a special plan. Psalm 139:14 reminds us of this:

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
God did not plan for anyone to experience failure and heartbreak. Those things come because we live in a fallen world, and we’ve got an enemy that’s fighting against us. But God has a good plan for you. He didn’t plan for you to not make a difference. In your area of influence, you should see miraculous things happen. It’s imperative that you find out what God’s purpose for your life is and then pursue it with abandon.

I’ve introduced this topic here, but you need to get the full teaching. You might not even realise the ways in which you’re limiting God. I guarantee it will make a huge difference in your life when you begin to see how to stop limiting Him.

We’re offering the Don’t Limit God: 20 Years Later teaching as a CD or DVD series. You can also get the original Don’t Limit God book and study guide in English or Spanish. And we’re giving away a Don’t Limit God static cling sticker that you can put on your mirror as a reminder that God wants to do big things in your life. To order, go to, call our UK Helpline at +44(0)1922 473300, or complete and return the enclosed form.

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