“As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not” Romans 4:17, NIV.
One night while helping my son with his homework, he was not doing well at grasping the concepts. I tried everything to help him understand, but he was saying all the wrongs answers. Feeling frustrated, I felt myself about to call him stupid. Then Holy Spirit arrested my tongue and said, “Don’t you call him that!” So I said, “You are smart and you can learn!” I told him to speak it out loud. He shouted, “I am smart and I can learn!” It took a lot of encouragement and hard work, but he became a straight A student. He became what I called him. Praise God!
In the heat of the moment, Satan tempts us to say what we see, but God will arrest our tongue and say, “Don’t you call it that!” He wants us to not live in fear, but in faith. No matter how frustrated you may feel right now. No matter how tempted you are to say what you see in the natural, prophesy to those around you. Prophesy to your bank account. Prophesy to your pantry. Prophesy to the empty pews in your sanctuary. Speak over everything that appears slow and unresponsive, empty and desolate, and call those things that be not as though they were.
Prayer: Father God, Arrest my tongue. Bridle it. Help me to walk by faith and not by sight. Strengthen me Lord and help me to stay in faith as your words take shape and form. I yield to you Lord and choose to say what you’re telling me to say. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 4:29)
“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches” Matthew 13:31-32, ESV.
What God has given you made seem small, but it has great potential. You may have a small women’s Bible Study that you’re trying to grow, a small staff at your business, or a small amount of money with big dreams. It’s not about numbers; it’s about the size of your faith. Believe God to take the little you have and multiply it. Believe Him to cause your small group of women to bring great glory to God and great change to your community. Watch Him take your small beginning and bless it to impact many. Don’t complain about being small. Don’t look at it and think something’s wrong. In God’s eyes, small doesn’t mean insignificant. A small mustard seed of faith can move mountains. A small seed can grow into the tallest and mightiest tree. A small person can defeat a giant. See the Lord being glorified in what He’s given you. Have a right view and attitude. No matter how it looks right now, it will produce great results for God’s glory!
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for blessing me with encouragement today. Help me not despise small beginnings. Help me not to look at the size or the numbers, but stay faithful to what you’ve given me. Help me Lord to have and maintain the right view and attitude. What you’ve given me may appear small, but it will accomplish great things in the earth for your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 1 Corinthians 1:27)