Play solid Listen Signal stream duotone UCB Radio Network
AUG 31
0:00 0:00

August 31, 2023 · Bob Gass

Break out of the box

“Again and again they…limited the Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 78:41 NKJV

The Bible says, “They provoked Him in the wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power” (vv. 40-42 NKJV). The Israelites continually provoked God’s anger and grieved His heart in the wilderness. How? By limiting Him. By limiting what He could do for them and through them. And we do the same when we fail to recognize and use the gifts He gives us and the creative ideas He places within our minds. God wants you to break out of the “box” of your own history, hang-ups, and personal limitations. One of the ways in which you do that is by constantly exposing yourself to new ideas, new places, and new people. God’s Word says, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left” (Isaiah 54:2-3 NKJV). Note the words enlarge and stretch out and lengthen and strengthen and expand. Creativity is just teachability. So are you teachable? Words on a tombstone read, “Died at forty, was buried at eighty.” Unless you keep learning, growing, and expanding your thinking, that can be your fate too. You say, “But I’m not naturally creative.” Creativity is not necessarily something you’re born with; it comes from developing your God-given gifts and seizing the opportunities He sends your way in life. Do you want to break out of the box? That’s how you do it!

Bible in a year: Ezekiel 16-17

Previous Daily Encouragement

Jesus is coming back again! 

The last promise in the Bible is, “Surely I am coming quickly” (v. 20 NKJV). The last prayer in the Bible is, “Amen. Even...

Sometimes forgiving requires focus and energy 

Forgiving someone who has hurt you deeply is one of the most difficult things you will ever be asked to do. You know you...

You can overcome your fears 

The first lady to win a Nobel Prize was French physicist Madame Marie Curie. She said, “Nothing in life is to be feared, only...

An amazing promise 

Read this: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (v. ...

Not self-control but Spirit control 

Do you have an out-of-control appetite when it comes to money, food, nicotine, alcohol, drugs, sex, or…(you fill in the blank)? Have your repeated...