Monday, May 3, 2010

Think Big

"He did not waver...regarding the promise...,being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. " Romans 4:20-21

"Scripture tells us that Abraham, 'without weakening in his faith,...faced the fact that his body was as good as dead'. (vs.19). He was not discouraged, because he was not looking at himself but at Almighty God. 'He did not waver,,,regarding the promise' but stood straight, not bending beneath the staggering load of God's blessing. Instead of growing weak, his faith grew stronger, exhibiting more power, even as more difficulties became apparent. Abraham glorified God for His complete sufficiency and was 'fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.' The literal translation of this passage from the Greek expresses the thought this way: God is not merely able but abundantly able, bountifully and generously able, with an infinite surplus of resources, and eternally able 'to do what He had promised'. He is the God of limitless resources---the only limit comes from us. Our requests, our thoughts, and our prayers are too small, and our expectations are too low. God is trying to raise our vision to a higher level, call us to have greater expectations, and thereby bring us to greater appropriation. Shall we continue living in a way that mocks His will and denies His Word? There is no limit to what we may ask and expect of our glorious El Shaddai---our Almighty God. And there is no way for us to measure His blessing, for He is 'able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us'". (Ephesians 3:20) A. B. Simpson

"The way to find God's treasure-house of blessing is to climb the ladder of His divine promises. Those promises are the key that opens the door to the riches of God's grace and favor."
Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman

Sometimes it is hard to think big when we look at our circumstances, our weaknesses, our failures. Sometimes when I think of who I used to be, the things that have happened in the past, it is hard for me to believe that God can use me to do anything significant or meaningful. It is then that He reminds me that it is not about me or my limitations. It is about Him and His will and all He requires of me is a willing heart that says "Here am I, Lord send me." It is then that He empowers me through His Holy Spirit and equips me for the work that He wants me to do. God opens the doors that no man can shut. We in our power are small, but our God is a big God. Let's think big today.

Kim Ratcliffe

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