We all face times of powerlessness, when we are at a loss for what to do next. Sure we can take a stab in the dark, but sometimes we are just tired of wasting our energy stabbing into the darkness. A lack of power, whether real or perceived, can be utterly frightening. Why is this? I used to think that we were never meant to be in control. And that is true in a sovereign, God-powerful sense. On the other hand, could it be that we were actually created to be powerful and we are merely frustrated in our ability to access that power? We say things like, “All I can do is pray…” Or “I can only hope.” “I guess I can.”

These are times of spiritual crises, forks in the road when you have a dramatic choice. In her James study, Beth Moore brought to light a reminder that is worth repeating. The little things you do are not nothing. When all you can do is pray, that prayer is the biggest thing you’ll do that day. When all you can do is stand, stand firm. When all you can do is be thankful, that’s not nothing. When all you can do is hope, hope will see you through. When you trust when you don’t feel like trusting, that’s not nothing. When you listen to that still small voice, that’s really something.

You may seek to do great things for God and your life may not look as dramatic as you envisioned, but the truth is that you are the star of your own story and you have a multitude of witnesses cheering you on. The things that seem like nothing in the world, the things that get no headlines are making news in the heavenly realms. We often get Naaman’s disease, not leprosy…but we have the same outlook that Naaman had when the prophet told him to take a dip in that disgusting river. Naaman thought that doing a little thing like dipping in the Jordan 7 times was too small a thing. His servant aptly pointed out that if a prophet had asked him to do a big thing, he would have done it with all his might. Sometimes we are that way. We say, “God, I will do anything for you, anything you ask,” all while your assignment lay right before your eyes. No one is playing your theme song or patting you on the back for a job well done. You may not get a thrill from it, but it is the life you are living now that dictates the circumstances around you.

We have power even beyond simply, “doing the right thing.” I’m speaking of the “right thing” in the natural realm. You know, being kind and gracious when someone doesn’t deserve it. That’s the right thing. But what if we went beyond the right thing and did the “God thing” for the situation. The God thing comes by listening to the God voice inside. It always aligns with the right thing, but takes the right thing into a whole new realm. For example, the right thing is being polite to a rude coworker. The God thing is asking God about the coworker so that he gives you a word of knowledge about her situation and you suddenly have an open door for direct ministry into her life. The right thing is the thing that any good American citizen would do. The God thing is what any normal citizen of a heavenly kingdom would do. We call them spiritual giants, but they are just people who get what the kingdom of heaven calls for.

You may not think that you are capable of that kind of faith. But don’t be deceived. Some of the greatest and most anointed men and women of God did not hear God any more clearly than you hear him. It’s just that they stepped out on what they heard and had a habit of doing so. They did this so much that their faith increased and they accomplished much more by the Spirit of God.

So first ask yourself, is this really all I and God can do? If it is, do it with all your might and expect great things to happen!

  1. Cathy says:

    Hmmm… Sounds more like a kind of partnership with God. Not just about saying a prayer and waiting for God to do it all. We can wait for God to open a door, but then we have to decide to walk through it. If a door closes, we can just stay the course, with faith that He will open up something better.

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