According to CBN there are over 30,000 promises in the bible. One of them reads, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me,” Phil. 4:13. Another is, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father,” John 14:12. So why don’t we do greater things?
Your inheritance is a gift from God. God has called his church to the huge calling of doing greater things than Jesus and if we’re not, this could only be the result of one thing: A lack of Faith! (Mark 6:5).
What God freely gives and promises, he does so for all time. He will never take it back because he is faithful – which means people, he believes in you more than you believe in you. The bible says that to receive means to “take hold” of something. It’s described in the Greek as an aggressive action to snatch something out of someone else’s hand.
Most of us have not received our inheritance like that because we have failed to take the simple step of receiving his gift. Consequently, we have not yet started to walk in our gifting and inheritance which doesn’t allow us to mature. Without it, God cannot show up and be our supply. When God can show up and meet a need we cannot fill, our faith grows like a muscle. Faith gets stronger, bolder and better. You’ve heard that out of your weakness God is strong. right? No more is that truer than the act of stepping into new territory. Just as God did with Abraham who walked off his map into Egypt, God can and will do the same with you. Through your weakness, fear and trembling, as you walk off your map, God will show up and be the BIG God he could never be for you if you stayed in the same safe place you are at today.
John Ortberg wrote a book at few years ago titled, If you want to walk on water, you gotta get out of the boat. How true! We all want to see God moving, we want to see miracles, we want to receive our inheritance and to answer his call, but at the same time, we’re afraid that someone might actually say, “Yes, you should preach on Sunday.” We so often play it safe, that we rarely step out of the safety of our boat and therefore, we never have an experience like walking on water.
Well, I’m here to challenge that. You serve a big God, amen? And you CAN do all things in Christ. Are you willing to let him? God has put a call into your heart but you haven’t prayed about it in a long time and you’ve given up on the dream because it seems like it will never come to pass. You have allowed yourself to get frustrated and are letting the enemy rob you of the very blessing that God designed you for. What needs to rise up in you now is faith!!! Let faith arise. God wants to be something for you at this time that he can be at no other time in your life. You are a blessing to God that he wants to share with others. You have a unique calling and set of experiences that he wants to draw on. He wants you to trust him but he needs you to step off your map and be the man or woman of God that he’s called you to be. No more passivity, no more excuses! Because God is great, your “greatness” in God only lacks one thing: You!
So what are you waiting for? Claim your promise and tell God that starting today, you will become the person he called you to be. Begin to surround yourself with people who are kindred spirits in your call and who share in the vision of your heart. Get with fathers who will help you mature and be with others who will release you and send you out according to the dream he put in YOUR heart, not what they have in theirs? Work at your gifting, have faith and trust that God will come through for you, and before you know it, you’ll look back and realize you were that person all along.