LOOK FOR GOD IN THE LITTLE

So often, we only look for God in the BIG, in the HUGE MIRACLES. We expect Him to operate BIG, but a lot of times the BIG MIRACLES that He does start very, very SMALL. There are so many people who are only looking for God to show Himself through HUGE MIRACLES, and are missing Him in every facet of the “little things” in life. People are OBSESSED with HUGE: huge healings, huge gatherings, huge fame. Don’t get it twisted: those HUGE healing, financial breakthroughs, and blessings happen via the WORD OF GOD and PRAYER. Huge opportunities start years and years ago when someone starts PRAYING in private, asking God to move on their behalf. Once we see the financial breakthrough, or the wedding that you’ve waited so long for, or the huge move of God, we must realize that’s not where God’s blessing starts. It starts in the little!!!

 

The little nudge in your heart for your purpose will lead you to START PRAYING ABOUT IT. Start praying because of what God has spoken to your spirit!!! It starts with a verse from the Lord speaking directly to your circumstance. You know that it is from God, and you start asking via prayer for Him to do a BREAKTHROUGH in your marriage, for Him to do a breakthrough in your body, for Him to do a breakthrough in your ministry. It starts small!!!

 

Luke 1:26-31

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

 

Now, what happens is the Holy Spirit does come upon Mary, she conceives the Christ-child through the Holy Spirit. That miracle didn’t start with that conception. That miracle started in verse 26!!!

 

GOD SENT AN ANGEL TO NAZARETH TO DELIVER A MESSAGE TO MARY.

 

The miracle of Jesus’ crucifixion started with Jesus sending a messenger, sending His Word to a virgin!! It started so small, and from there it built, and Jesus was birthed because of it. The miracle of Jesus’ birth started with a MESSENGER BEING SENT and the WORD OF GOD BEING DELIVERED!!!!

 

Luke 9:13-17

13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

 

We think in our minds that the miracle happened when He broke the five loaves of bread and two fish. While it is true that a miracle did happen then, the start of that miracle happened that morning, or two days prior, when the mom decided to bake the bread. Putting it together seemed very INSIGNIFICANT, because she had NO IDEA that this bread was going to be carried to the feet of JESUS and would be the vehicle to BLESS 5,000+ people!!!!! Those two fish had to be caught by someone. We think it starts with the boy offering his lunch, but it actually started when those seeds were planted to create the grain for the bread!!!

 

My whole point for today is that we get so caught up in the FEEDING OF THE 5,000, which is an incredible miracle, that we don’t see where it starts with somebody CALLING OUT TO THE LORD, begging God to work on your behalf, just following small little nods of the Lord. I want to encourage those of you that are waiting for something big: I want you to know that every big something has to START SOMEWHERE, and it often starts very, very LITTLE. It starts little and nobody sees. And as that thing is PRAYED FOR, BELIEVED ON, and BLESSED OVER, we get to see the GLORY OF GOD MANIFESTED through it!!!!!!!

 

I started very, very little in ministry, speaking to really small groups (and I still speak to really small groups), but GOD BLESSED IT and it has grown and grown. In the start, it was easy to feel insignificant when nobody cared. BUT GOD!!!! BUT THE POWER OF GOD!!!!! God is SO EVIDENT in the little. You have to watch for those things in your spirit that say “This is the way: walk in it.” You have to watch those checks in your spirit with God saying, “No, no, no, no, no, don’t do that. Danger, danger, danger: don’t walk in this way!!!” You have to LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD, to the WORD OF GOD, which He gives you!!! You have to BELIEVE it, PRAY on it, and then WALK IN OBEDIENCE because of it.

 

GOD WORKS IN LITTLE PLACES!!!!! When He operates big, we see that of course it is of God. But a lot those huge moves of God started very, very little with someone praying, with someone believing. DON’T GIVE UP or disrespect what God does in the little things!!

 

Love you guys // hope this encourages you today!!

Feeling Outnumbered or Alone

This is for you out there who feel OUTNUMBERED. Do you feel like what’s against you is greater than you? Do you feel like what you’re facing is DEFEAT? Do you feel outnumbered by your circumstances? Do you feel like it’s INEVITABLE; divorce is going to happen? Do you feel like you’re standing ALONE when you are with your family? Do you feel like your family is against you? Do you feel like this at CHURCH? You’re wanting to lead the church one way, but they aren’t feeling it. You feel outnumbered, but you know that you know that you know that you are doing EXACTLY what God has given for you!! When the scales are balanced in the natural, the other side is winning.

 

I’ve just gone through a season of feeling that way. I felt alone, EVEN THOUGH I WASN’T. I felt outnumbered. Although I knew I was doing exactly what God was asking of me, I felt outnumbered.

 

In those times when you are facing utter and total DEFEAT, and even OBLITERATION, complete EMBARRASSMENT, and HUMILIATION (which happens in the life of faith), go to this passage in 2 Kings. This is about Elisha: he was telling the king of Israel things that the king of Aram was saying behind closed doors. God gave Elisha the incredible gift of prophesying to the king of Israel things that the king of Aram was saying!!! This made the king of Aram very angry; he sent an entire group of chariots and horses to shut him up; Elisha was surrounded.

 

2 Kings 6:8-20

Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”

The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.

11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”

12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”

13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.

20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.

 

Circled by defeat!! Do you feel circled by defeat today? Elisha CONFIDENTLY trusted in the promises of the Lord’s presence and provision!!! If you are walking in the POWER, STRENGTH, and SURENESS of the Lord, you are not ever outnumbered, even if you stand alone!!!!!!!!

 

2 Chronicles 32:7-8

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

 

Don’t fear. You may seem outnumbered, but you are not!!!!!! He who is walking with us is GREATER than what is against us!!!!!! I hope this encourages you today. Love you guys.

 

 

 

 

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