You Have Exactly What You Need! (Part II)
The Scripture say: “It’s not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit.” It’s not just talent. Not just education. Not just what family we come from. We excel and go places we’ve never dreamed of when the Most High God breathes on our lives. Sometimes, we feel like David must have felt: “All I have is a slingshot and he’s five times my size.”
You’re up against a huge giant. But you can stay in faith. You don’t have to lose any sleep. Your slingshot, with God’s anointing, it more powerful than a giant warrior with no anointing.
You may be up against a major challenge in your health, your finances, or a relationship. You may feel that you have a big problem but little faith. Let me encourage you. It isn’t necessary to have great faith. Just use what you have. Jesus told us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed we can say to a mountain, “Be removed.” Nothing is impossible.
When you use even small faith, God can move mountains. It is okay to say, “God, I don’t know how this is going to work out. I don’t know how my dreams could come to pass. I don’t know how I could get over this medical situation. But God, I trust You. My life is in your hands.”
Even if it’s small faith, that’s what allows the Creator of the universe to go to work. The Scripture tells us that one time there were four lepers sitting outside the city gates. They were contagious, so they had to stay away from people. To make matter worse, an army surrounded their city. They cut off the water supply and they were waiting for the people to get so weak they could walk in and attack them. These lepers had nothing going for them and no future to speak of. But one of the lepers said to his three friends, “If we just sit here we’re going to die for sure. Why don’t we take a chance and march toward the enemy’s camp and see what happens?”
Notice they didn’t have great faith. They didn’t say, “We know God will protect us, deliver us, and save us.” Their attitude was, “We are 99 percent sure we’re going to die. What do we have to lose?” They had small faith. They marched toward the enemy’s camp.
Don’t you know God saw them take that journey of faith? They could have been sitting outside the city gates depressed, bitter, and complaining, blaming God. Instead, they were using what they had—not much, just a little faith, a little effort, and a little strength.
The Scripture says, “As they marched toward the enemy, God multiplied the sound of their footsteps and caused them to sound like a vast army.” When the enemy heard it, they thought they were under attack by thousands of troops. They panicked and ran for their lives, scared to death. They left in such a hurry they didn’t even gather up their belongings. They left behind all their treasures, their livestock, and their food.
When these lepers arrived in the camp and nobody was there, they were amazed. They went back home and told their families. They all returned and gathered up the spoils. God not only saved their lives, and also used them to spare the entire city. That’s what happens when you use what you have. It doesn’t have to be great faith. Even little faith, just doing something small, just showing God that you’re trusting Him, that’s when supernatural things can begin to happen. God can cause people to hear what He wants them to hear.
Get in agreement with God. You may not feel it, but part of faith is acting like it. Act like you’re strong, anointed, confident, secure, empowered, and blessed. You’re probably heard the saying, “You’re got to fake it till you make it.”
Don’t ever say, “I don’t have the strength. I don’t have enough money. My company could never compete with this other business. They’ve been going for years.”
You don’t know how God is causing you to be seen. You may feel weak, but because of God’s favor on your life, everyone you encounter thinks you’re as strong, as confident, and as successful as can be. What is that? It’s God causing you to be seen the way He wants you to be seen.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t tell everyone how you feel. Just put your shoulders back. Stand up tall; don’t act weak or intimidated, but like a child of the Most High God. When you stay in faith like that, God will multiply what you have. He will multiply your talent, multiply your resources, and multiply your influence.
God is a God of multiplication. What you have may be small right now, but you need to get ready. It won’t stay small. You will come into increase, to good breaks, to the right people, to healing, to restoration, to new opportunities, and to favor like you’ve not seen before.
When Moses was leading more than a million people through the desert trying to get to the Promised Land, they had just come out of Egypt, and it didn’t look like they had any way to protect themselves. They appeared vulnerable to their enemies. Moses was down and discouraged. People were complaining. He was just about to give up, thinking that he didn’t have what it took, but God said to him, “Moses, what do you have in your hand?”
He was holding a rod. He looked at it and said, “It’s nothing, God. Just a stick. Something I picked up along the way.”
God said, “Throw it down.”
He threw it down and it turned into a snake.
God said, “Pick it up.”
He picked it up and it turned back into a rod.
God was showing him he had what he needed. It looked ordinary. It looked insignificant, just a rod. But if it needed to be a key to open a door, God could turn it into a key. If it needed to be a shield to protect him, God could turn it into a shield. God was saying, “I can become what you need. I can turn a rod into a snake. I can take four footsteps and cause them to sound like a vast army. I can use a simple slingshot to defeat a skilled warrior.”
Quit talking about what you lack and star using what you do have. You may have small faith today. That’s okay. Use it, and God can move mountains. You may have average talent. That’s all right. Use it, and God can do something exceptional. You may feel weak but don’t you dare act weak. Put your shoulders back. Hold your head up high, and God will cause you to be seen the way He wants you to be seen. It’s not by your might, not by your power.
Right now God is breathing on your dreams. He is breathing on your finances. He is breathing on your health. He is breathing on your children. His favor will cause you to go further than you ever thought possible. God is going to multiply what you have. He will multiply your talent, your resources, and your creativity.
This is not the time to shrink back in fear. This is the time to move forward in faith. Get up every morning knowing you are anointed. You are equipped. You are empowered. You have everything you need to fulfill your destiny.