“3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers; be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 peter 2:3-10
We are living in the end times when we need to guard our lives with all diligence. Solomon reminds us this in Proverbs 4:23 saying “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Our hearts hold our live and whatever we speak comes from our hearts. Remember Jesus said, from the abundance of the heart, the mouth will speak (Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45) thus the reason you need to guard what you speak. What you speak, will be as a result of what you feed your heart and mind with. This is what you see, hear read and also think about. For many of us, we do not mind what we see, hear and read. We console ourselves and say “as much as we do not do what we hear read or see; we are ok” But I remind you that, whatever is conceived that time you hear see or read is stored in your subconscious mind and someday, you will find yourself thinking of the same.
We are all in pursuit of leading and living a comfortable life here on earth and day by day we find ourselves involved or confronted with different challenges in life. The question is: How do we handle or respond to them? Many are the times that we find ourselves having compromised with the situations and in the long run, we sin against God. This is how it is supposed to be. Peter the servant of God reminds us that God has given/provided for us all that we need for life and living a godly life through Jesus who called us into his glory. (2 Peter2:3). Once we know this and remember this, we won’t have to struggle to find ways in which we will meet our needs and requirements for life. By this, I do not mean that we should not work, no; I mean that there are some extents that we do not need to go because all we need to do is ask God to supply our needs.
Matthew 6:33 says “seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things will be added unto you.” This is what we ought to do. The problem with us is that we seek the other things and then come to seek the kingdom afterwards. This will never work. You have to follow the right protocol when it comes to getting or acquiring blessings from God. Do not go round God and expect him to answer you; nay! He won’t. God wants us to learn to trust him for our daily provisions but as human beings we are so doubtful of this and thus, we end up working our own ways and at times it costs us the blessings that God has prepared for us. Jesus teaching his disciples to pray, he told them when you pray say … “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11) but guess what, many of us are like the children of Israel who wanted to collect Manna for more than a day whereas they were told to collect what would be enough for them a day. (Exodus 16:19-20).
We are created so that we can participate in fulfilling the calling and the purpose by which we have been called into by God when we got saved. But we need to realize that the minute we got saved, we got into a battlefield and each and every day, the devil will try by all means to fight you so that you do not accomplish the mission into which you were called. He does this through different ways and one of them is compromise. That’s why Peter reminds us that “he (God) has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (Vs. 4). Through this, the devils intention is to corrupt us and thus in the long run, we become ineffective in the kingdom of God.
Peter gives us a solution to this. For us to avoid being corrupted with the evil desires of the earth, we need to have Faith. Paul defines faith as “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” (Hebrews 11:1, Message Bible). Faith is what propels us to move and walk this journey of faith. We have faith that He who called us and what he promised us is there and we will get it. That’s why we say, we are going to heaven by faith. Without faith you can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6). Thus faith is vital in our Christian faith. Peter says on top of faith, we add goodness. Goodness is a fruit of the spirit. Goodness is defined as: moral excellence – virtue or excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship. There are other definitions for the same but I choose to go with these two. Apart from having faith, we should have character or virtues that govern us. Having faith alone won’t guard us against the evil one, we should have guiding principles that we live according to. It is said, “A life without principles is like a house without walls”. Goodness should be a virtue that will guide our faith.
Onto goodness, we need to add Knowledge. Knowledge is whereby you know facts about something and the application of that knowledge is what is called wisdom. With Faith, you will believe and goodness which is a virtue will guide you to what you need to get knowledge on. With the knowledge, you will be able to know what is good for you and what is not as per your desires and the will of God as well. Paul said to the Philippians “Brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” Philippians 4:8. With knowledge, you will be able to exercise Self control and Perseverance in regards to what you want in life as well as what you go through.
With self control and perseverance, you will be able to conform to the laws and wishes of God which is godliness. You will be able to submit to God’s will and his guidance. Many of us are not able to submit to God’s will and guidance simply because we do not have self control. Self control is being able to restrain yourself from doing something. With self control, there are some desires that you will be able to keep at bay. The bible commands us to be kind but kindness can’t be there with the absence of Love. Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 Love is the foundation of everything. If you do not have love, nothing will be of essence. Paul speaking to the Corinthians he tells them “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
Peter finishes by saying “if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins” 1 Peter 2:8-9. The question this morning is this; “do you have these essential qualities to lead a productive life in Christ?” Have you forgotten the calling by which you were called or you have compromised somewhere along the way? It is not late, you can turn back to God and you can be sure He will have his arms wide open to accept you back.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalms 42:1-2
1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, ”Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalms 122:1
It comes a point in our lives when we are so dry and all we need is revival. A point where you are so drained and you need to be refreshed in the spirit. As much as we may deny this, we all get there and when we reach there, many of us, we lose it because we focus on the wrong places or aspects. This should be the time where we focus on our hearts and minds and align them to the will of God. We need to realize that at this point in time, we are so vulnerable to the devil and he can take advantage of us. But as I said, many times we get carried away with what comes our way and in the long run we find ourselves on the wrong side of life having missed the mark.
David knew this very well and when he found himself in such a point, he had learnt where to direct his spirit and where to go. After spending time in the wilderness running away from Saul. At this point, he yearns so much to get back to Jerusalem where he could go to the tabernacle and worship the Lord. It is here that he speaks to the Lord and expresses what is heart was yearning for. For us, we know what we need and what our hearts desire but rather than expressing it to God, we contain the desire in us and find other mean to quench it rather than having God to fill us and make us whole again to be who he wants us to be.
Most of us in those glad yesterdays when we are privileged to take part in some sort of mission or work for God, we are quite sure of God and his presence amidst us. When we are through with the mission, we are so void and empty because we have emptied what we had and what we feel is that God is not anywhere near us. The realization of Him is no longer vivid. This is the place where David was. After God had given him victory in the battles he had, he was weary, tired and worn out. He needed revival, renewal of his spirit and refreshment as well. And since sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier days, his soul is cast down within him. In his bitterness he tells us that his tears have been his food day and night. He feels that he must have help. He simply cannot get on without it.
But where does he turn in his hour of desperation? What fountain does he seek for the slaking of his thirst? He turns to One that he believes can do for him what the water brook can do for the deer, and far more. God fills us and He leaves us in no doubt as to the answer to that question. He counts God as an absolute necessity. There is simply no getting on without him. Therefore he cries after him saying “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalms 42:2). David continues and says in Psalms 107:9 “for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Once you thirst for the Lord, be sure that He will satisfy your heart and fill you with good things. The problem with us is that we seek satisfaction from the wrong places and thus, we are not fulfilled as we would love to. God speaks to the children of Israel through prophet Jeremiah and says “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13). Where do you go to refresh yourself?
In Psalms 143:6, David says “I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.” We all need to realize that we are thirsty for God and no matter how hard we try to conceal it, we need him. Without him, there is no us. Thirst is one of the most powerful spiritual symbols in all of scripture. As dehydration draws the whole of our physical being to a longing for water, so a spiritual void will draw our spirits into a search for deeper meaning for our lives. We must capture that type of spiritual thirst! We must thirst and long for God and for spiritual living!
Jesus speaking in John 7:37, he says “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” On the last day of the feast of the Tabernacles, the Levites would blow the trumpets, and the great crowd would cry out, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). There would be leaping, and dancing, and shouting, and singing, and great rejoicing would fill the air. It is at this point that Jesus realized that the people were drinking from the river of ritual… but then after the day was over; they would go back to the same old fears, the same old faults, the same old failures, the same old frustrations. What was wrong with that crowd in that day is what is wrong with many people today. They were drawing water from the wrong well. Too often, we try to quench our thirst in all the wrong places. We drink from the worldly well instead from the well of life which is found in Christ.
Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman, He told her that “Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again.” (John 4:13) By this, Jesus knew that the woman was looking for satisfaction that she seriously needed but she couldn’t find it from where she was looking for it. She had tried different men but yet she wasn’t satisfied. She had made a ghastly wreck of life. She has squandered her supreme treasure and is now seemingly nothing more than an utter moral and spiritual bankrupt and she is hopeless. But Jesus sees with different eyes. As he looks into her empty life he discovers that she is really hungry and thirsty for God. He tells her frankly that the one reason that she does not change that well curb into an altar of penitence and prayer is, not that she is satisfied to be the thing that she is, but rather that she is not sure that she can ever be different. If she could only be made to see the door that is open before her, with what amazing eagerness she would rush out of her sordid prison into the freedom of a new life. “If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that you are asking for a drink, you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
Looking Jesus’ statement in John 7:37 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” we can derive few points that can help us to quench our thirst for God.
1) To gain a spiritual thirst, we must desire it - Notice the condition that Jesus lays down.”If anyone thirsts,” (v.37) Jesus plainly said if anyone wants God… a relationship with God, he can have it. If anyone wants spiritual living, he can obtain it. If anyone seeks God he can find Him. But notice that this is specifically addressed only to those who are thirsty. The problem with many of us is that they are just not thirsty for God and a Spiritual satisfaction. You see, before we can really have a close relationship with God, we’ve got to thirst for God. I mean we’ve got to thirst like the David did in Psalms 42:1. We’ve got to cry out as David cried out “…God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). As that is not enough, we must come to a point where we can get before God and say, “I spread out my hands to you; my soul longs for you like a thirsty land” (Psalm 143:6). We will never have a close relationship with God until we thirst after Him. Do you have the spiritual thirst that Jesus requires? If not, say a silent pray and ask God to fill you with spiritual thirst. For Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Fill up your spiritual tank this morning, and walk out of here as a brand new…regenerated…Christian.
2) To gain a spiritual thirst, we must come to Jesus - Once a person is hungry for God, Jesus said, “Let him come to me.” If we want to experience the presence of God in our souls, we must come to Jesus. If we want to know the person of God in our hearts, we must come to Jesus. If we want to receive the power of God in our lives, we must come to Jesus. Jesus Christ is the only true source of satisfaction we will ever find in this life. In Ecclesiastes 2, Solomon recounts of how he tried everything he could but at the end of the day, he realized that the true secret of satisfaction was having a relationship with God. This is what he says in Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandment, for this is the whole duty of man”. Some people think that the way to Jesus is holiness. They believe that service, plus sacrifice, equals holiness. If they can just do enough for God, and give enough to God, then God will be happy with them and give them the kind of power and joy and zeal that they need. But friends, that is exactly backwards. You see, service and sacrifice are important, but they are not the roots of the Spirit-filled life. They are but the fruit of the Spirit-filled life. The root of all of it is Jesus. If you would like to gain a spiritual thirst, you must not only desire it, but also you must come to Jesus to obtain it.
3) To gain a spiritual thirst, we must make a decision. – Imagine that you have been in a desert for several days. You’ve gone totally without water. You are almost delirious. Your lips are parched; your skin is cracked from the heat of that broiling, boiling sun. All of a sudden, you come upon a river. What would you do? You know what you would do. You would drink to your fill and quench your thirst. That is exactly what Jesus tells us to do. “Let him come to me and drink.” It is right here that so many Christians miss it. They come to the bank of the river, they see the water, and they watch the waves lap up on the shore. They even see the reflection of their face on the surface, but they don’t drink. God will not force you to drink; it is up to you. If you want to be filled, you must drink. You see, when we come to Jesus, He will provide us with living water… a spiritual satisfaction… a spiritual contentment that we cannot find anywhere.
Are you tired of living without a spiritual passion or zeal for God… if you are tired of just going through the motions… knowing deep down inside you are spiritually dying or dead, the Lord invites you to come to Him for spiritual renewal. His Words are simple… “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.“ Are you thirsty? Are you thirsty for God? Are you thirsty for a victorious life? Then friends, just come to Jesus and drink, and He will fill you until you overflow and become a river of living water that will bless others as well.
Isaiah 55:1-2 says “WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].” God is calling us back to himself. We have wondered so far away from him who satisfies us and we are trying out things that will not satisfy us. Let us come back to him and He will take us back and satisfy us.
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” Isaiah 53:1
“Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." 1 Kings 18:21
Life is full of choices. It is something that never fades away. From infancy to adulthood, we are surrounded with endless decisions that need to be made. Once we decide on something, we then begin to move in that direction. For this reason, we must seriously think abo9ut each decision that we make. One factor that greatly affects and influences our decisions is our belief system. Our beliefs are shaped through the experiences that we go through, education, social influence, words that we say and also hear and there is God. The Holy Spirit who is ever present within us convicts us and guides us in the decisions that we make.
Many times we find ourselves in those situations that we are wavering and we do not know what to do. What do we decide on? Remember for every decision that you make, you will be accountable for it. The consequences and the outcomes there after are all subject to the decision that you made. Isaiah asks the children of Israel in Isaiah 53:1. I believe, Isaiah was repeating the same question that Elijah had asked them. It is a time in the land of Israel when King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had brought idol worship in the land and they had caused the children of Israel to stray away from God. This made Elijah to get upset and told the children of Israel to choose whom they will believe in. He brought to task the 400 prophets of Baal to prove who the real God was. He told them, if Baal is god then, we will serve him, if God is God, then we will serve him.
In life, we are exposed to both good and evil. On the left, you have experience of other people who have left an impression on you and on the right; you have the circumstantial evidence and the reports of men as well. But where do all of these lead you? Do they lead you towards God or away from Him? At the end of the day, the reality is that it all comes down to your DECISION. Whose report will you believe? Will the decision that you make bring testimony to God or men will be happy that they won your heart? We should always choose to bring glory and honour to God and not to any man. Whatever we do and choose/decide to, we should realize that it reflects who we are and gives a testimony of us. Remember you are a letter written to the world, you are salt and light of this world – you carry the life of God in you.
Sometimes, the devil takes advantage of our minds and fights with us and in this way he brings doubts to us and we doubt the word of God. Remember what the devil said to Eve in the Garden of Eden? He came and asked Eve a simple question… “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?" Genesis 3:1. In this, he brought doubt into the mind of Eve despite the fact that she knew what God had said and thus, she disobeyed God and sinned. This is the same case to us. We find ourselves in situations where we have prayed and trusted god for something and God has spoken to us and there, the devil brings doubts along. Along the same line, the situations that we are in are dictating otherwise. They make us see as if God is a liar and what He has said will not come to pass. Here, we are confused on whom to believe. We are tossed between believing what God had earlier spoken and what the situation is dictating and what we are seeing as well.
Take a look at Jairus in Mark 5:21-24, 35-43. He comes to Jesus and tells him that his daughter is sick at the verge of death. He convinces Jesus to go with him to his house so as He could see the girl. Jesus tarries along the way and a messenger comes and tells Jairus “Your daughter is dead," they said.”Why bother the teacher anymore?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don’t be afraid; just believe." Mark 5:35-36 Jairus could have chosen to believe his servant and told Jesus to go on with his business and allow him to go and burry his daughter. But he instead chose to believe what Jesus told him. When he held on to the last minute, his daughter was raised back to life. What is that thing that you have told God and you are waiting for him to come and fulfill it for you but the reports that are coming along are all so negative and breaking your heart? Will you hold on like Jairus did or you will believe what the prevailing circumstances around you are saying? The problem with us is that we give up too easily when the miracle is almost arriving and when God comes, He meets that we compromised and moved camps and thus we miss our blessings. Let’s learn to hold on.
Take a look at Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. He knew clearly that he wanted to see and that was his only day for him to get healed because Jesus was passing through the city of Jericho. As he called out to Jesus, the people around him were discouraging him and telling him that he was disturbing Jesus and causing mayhem as Jesus passed by. I believe that some of them were telling him to keep quiet and instead, they would continue supporting him and giving him more money and others maybe gave him cash there so as he could keep quiet. But Bartimaeus was determined to have his eyes opened so that he could see. So, defying all the pleas and calls that he was hearing around him, he called out the more till Jesus heard him and healed him. This tells us that the more we get negative reports or opposition in our quest to get what we want, this should give us more morale to pursue the more and harder and with more passion. It is not time to get confused and give up.
In Numbers 13, Joshua and Caleb and 10 others go to spy the land of Canaan and they bring a bad report to the people but Caleb and Joshua tell the people that despite the report that they got from the ten, we have a big God who can fight for us and thus the can go and posses the land because they are well able. (vs. 30). You should know that you are well able to do more that what you can think. The power lies in you. You have the choice to decide what to believe in and what not to. If the children of Israel chose to believe the ten spies, they would never have gone ahead to inherit the Promised Land. Your decisions and view of things will also be influenced so much on the kind of people and company that you keep. If you walk with people who will always be a discouragement to you, be sure that most definitely, you will also be influenced negatively; but if you have people who are influencing you positively and provoking your faith, be sure, you will continually grow whether you like it or not because your friends will always be on your case.
I can go on and on through the new and the Old Testament. Both are filled with testimonies and evidences of man responding to God’s report and responding to other reports and the outcome is always the same. When they believed God’s report, they were blessed. When they did not believe and refused to obey, they forfeited the blessing the Lord had for them. It is no different today for you and I. When we believe the report of the Lord, the hand of the Lord is revealed to us every time we do so. In this time and generation that we are living in, it will be a disaster to allow your mind to get the best of you. Follow your heart – Listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit who dwells and lives in you. Remember that God confirms his word with signs following you. As you purpose in your heart today to obey God and believe His report, which is contained in his Word (the bible), then know right now that you will not be disappointed that you did so because the Lord never turns faith away empty handed.
1Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2“Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 2 Kings 4:1-2
There comes a time in life when you are in a tight position and you have nothing do yet the situation that you are in demands you to act. At times, even though you are demanded to act, you do not know what to do or even go about it because in your own strength you cannot fathom or even think of what you need to do. This is where Solomon’s advice comes in handy and reminds us that “we shouldn’t lean on own understanding but instead we should allow God to lead us and he will make our paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-7. The amazing thing is that, as human beings, we only remember to turn to God when our plans, ideas and projects that we thought could work and help us fail. I other words, God is a “plan B” for us. You need to realize that when you place God as a plan B in your life, He (God) also places you and your needs back and prioritizes for those who prioritize him first. Where have you placed God in your life?
God doesn’t need so much from you so that He can act, all he needs from you is a little faith and something that he can use to work with in your situation and sort you out. Take a look at this windows account in the book of 2 Kings 4:1-7; this window was left with so many debts to pay when her husband the prophet died. At this point in time, the creditors wanted to come and take her sons as slaves so that they would work and repay the debts that their father owed them before he dies. And the mother knowing the pain of losing a child into slavery, she went and cried to the man of God Elisha seeking for help and assistance from him. It is so surprising that Elisha asks her a simple question… “What do you have in your house?” God wanted to know what He could use so as to help out this woman come out of her debts. This is the medium in which God used to bless her, and apart from paying her debts, she had more to live on after paying her debts.
Take a look at the window of Zarephath who fed Elijah the prophet during the three and half years of famine. 1 Kings 17:7-24. Elijah comes and tells the window to go and make for him bread and give him water as well. The window says that that’s all she had left and she was going to prepare the last meal for her and her son then they await their death. Nevertheless, Elijah still maintains that she goes and makes him some bread. The minute she obeyed, God continued to replenish the jar of oil and the jug of flour. If she didn’t have that, God wouldn’t have sent Elijah his prophet to the window. At times, we block our blessings without knowing. God in heaven sees that we are well able to handle a certain situation or assist certain people but when they appear in our lives, instead of us embracing them and helping them out, we chase them away; thus we lose the blessing.
Take the account of the boy with two fish and five loaves of bread in John 6:1-13. When the disciples were looking for something to feed the crowd with, they find this boy and the boy released what he had to them. Through this, God glorified himself in that; it was able to feed five thousand people and there were 12 baskets of left over’s collected afterwards. What would have happened if the boy didn’t release what he had to Jesus? This is what we do; – We have what we need to advance or what God needs to use as a conduit to our blessing but yet, we are so stingy and we do not want to release what we have so that the master can use it. We will always remain at the point we are till the day we will learn the principle of releasing. You cannot add water into a glass which is already full. You have to empty it first before you refill it again. Same case, it is until you release what you have in your hands, that’s when God will release more into your hands. But as long as your hands are full, He will withhold what He has in store for you.
When God met with Moses at the burning Bush in Exodus 3-4, He (God) asks Moses “what do have in your hands? Moses replied, “A staff…” Exodus 4:2. This is the same stick that God used to perform miracles in Egypt and separate the red seas so that the children of Israel could cross; the same staff hit the rock and the Israelites had water to drink and many other miracles. David didn’t need to have the have the kings official battle armor so as to defeat Goliath, (1 Samuel 17:38-40) all he needed was a sling and a stone and then have victory over the Philistine. I could go on and on with examples from the word of God of people who availed the little they had and God used them in a mighty way. We have Gideon – With only an army of 300 people, God delivered the Midianites to his hands and thus God reminds us that, He doesn’t need a multitude of people to that He can accomplish what he intends to. Read through the bible and I know the Holy Spirit will give you illumination to see man others.
What is that situation that you are battling with? You are struggling and you have reached your end. Look or struggle no more. Look around and see what you have with you. You have the ability; you have the power in your hands to accomplish what you want to. Do not stress people telling them to pray for you; go on your knees yourself and do it. Take the initiative, maximize the potential you have and make use of what God has given you. You are well able. You cannot continue to depend on people to pray for you for your needs, healing etc, get on your knees and talk to your father and He will hear and answer you. When will you release the God given potential in you? Some of you, God has given you the potential to write books, sing songs, preach sermons, start companies, organizations and charities that can make impact but they still lie inside of you undiscovered and it will be sad if you die without maximizing on that. Can you rise up now and act now before your time and season is over here on earth? What can we remember you for? Get hold of what God has given you and allow Him (God) to work through it in you and see what He can do.