The Power of the Small
Matt 13:31 Another parable he spoke unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field.
God uses things that are small to produce big victories. David used a small stone to defeat a giant. Gideon had a few warriors to conquer a huge army. God told a bird to bring food to a man in the desert. A bullet can take down an elephant and a seed can produce a bountiful crop. Many times we are looking for the big breakthrough to see change in our lives when we should be looking for the little thing that will create the change.
Luke 10 tells the story of a man who fell among thieves and was left half dead. Have you every felt like that man, that it would take a miracle to be restored? A good Samaritan came by and poured the oil and wine into the injured man’s wounds. He did not have a barrel of both, he just poured in what he had and the man’s recovery began. 1 Kings 17:8-16 tells the story of a widow that Elijah helped because of a small thing that she did. This woman was her own “good Samaritan” when during famine, she in faith served the prophet bread before herself or her son. Afterwards her oil and flour did not run out for a very long time and her household was sustained. The power of the small! I believe the oil referred to revelation of God’s Word and the wine refers to Holy Spirit. We need both.
One day I heard the phrase “the power of two scriptures” and I realized that two scriptures (the small) can help tremendously in the bigger picture of your life. People are looking for the next outpouring/revival, but there is a personal revival in your very own bible to be had. There is power in just two scriptures. Jesus opened the bible at the synagogue and read two scriptures and then shut the book. Jesus was raised from the dead by a scripture. John 2:22 tells us, “When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” Find two scriptures to believe and anchor your faith in and get ready. Also pour in the wine. Just a few words praying in the Spirit every day can reap a spirit filled and directed life. My life direction changed one day when I prayed in the Spirit and got a word about a move for my family coming in the next two months. I started to expect it and two days before the two months were up, I was in a new location as the pastor of a church in Tonkawa Oklahoma.
Even a small baby is the reason we have redemption. Merry Christmas!
The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" And he said, "A staff."
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.
He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.
But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die."
It came about at the seventh time, that he said, "Behold, a cloud as small as a man's hand is coming up from the sea." And he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.'"
"For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel--these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth."
And this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES."
"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?"
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.