– 14 January 2024
The year 2024 is declared as ‘the year of small beginnings’. Emphasizing small beginnings doesn’t mean small things that are insignificant rather it tells that great mountains shall be made a level ground with small beginnings. The vision is great but we begin small and God rejoices seeing small beginnings. Though people may discourage it, God delights when we start small with our strength and He gives His strength and power by which we break that mighty mountain and walk on plain ground in Jesus’ name.
We have to make a decision of faith to begin small. If the mountain we face is a health challenge, where the doctor’s report looks like a huge mountain, the Lord encourages us to begin small. By taking that first step, He promises to provide the strength needed to conquer the mighty mountain and restore balance. Whether the obstacle is financial turmoil or conflicts within the family—be it disagreements between spouses or undisciplined children — God is ready to send His spirit to empower us to overcome. However, the key is to begin small, trusting that divine assistance will lead us to triumph over any challenges that lie ahead.
Ephesians 5:14 “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
If we keep speaking our weaknesses and inability, God cannot shine on us. God wants us to rise up with the strength we have. When He spoke to Gideon, the focus wasn’t on the multitude around him; instead, God’s attention was directed at Gideon personally. God urged Gideon to rise, and go in the strength he had, echoed in His saying, “Am I not sending you to deliver the people of Israel?”
Today the Lord is telling each one of us that we individually are special and when we believe and take a step of faith, God will do mighty things in our lives by His power.
POWER OF CONFESSION
Zech 4: 6-10 6So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. 7“What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” 8Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 10“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone a in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
To align with God’s vision and destiny, it is important to immerse ourselves in the meditation of His word. Regularly confessing the word of God and meditating His word throughout the day serves as a key to unlocking spiritual insight. This consistent confession becomes a transformative process, gradually opening our eyes and hearts to perceive things differently in the spiritual realm.
When we start seeing things differently, a transformative process begins where our circumstances start to change. That is the power of confession and declaration. The inner man or the subconscious mind undergoes transformation. The familiar aspects of our current situation take on a different hue, aligning with the destined path God has set for us. When we confess, we must make sure that it goes beyond confessing with our mind, it should be felt in our stomach. It should resonate deep within, reaching the core of our being. We must allow the confession to penetrate into the heart and the innermost has to feel it and believe it.
Our body, including our heartbeat and breath, responds to our emotions. Similarly, when confessing, it’s important to take it into our system and meditate upon it. As we meditate on it, our blessings will unfold. During meditation, we should immerse all our senses in the revelation given by God. As we delve into this practice, a noticeable shift occurs in our physiological responses—our breath becomes steady, and our heart beats at a normal rhythm. Our entire system would say “Amen” to it. That is the power of confession.
As we agree and align with the calling that God has placed upon us, His spirit empowers us to fulfill that purpose. Confession becomes a powerful tool in harmonizing our emotions and body with the promises spoken by God. Even in the presence of diseases, allergies, or deformities, the transformative impact begins within our hearts as we meditate and confess over our bodies. Blessing and speaking healing into our physical body serve as a means of syncing with God’s intended destiny for us. This alignment with the Spirit facilitates the flow of the Holy Spirit over us, ushering in change and breakthroughs in our lives.
Zerubbabel, along with his companions, constitute a modest and ordinary group of individuals. The temple and walls have lain in ruins for an extended period, overlooked and neglected. Upon embracing God’s plan for his life, Zerubbabel initiates the rebuilding process, and in response, his adversaries begin to mock him. They deride him with questions about the feasibility of completion, the source of funding, and the likelihood of support. Furthermore, they taunt him, suggesting that even if they manage to build, the structure would be so feeble that a passing fox could cause it to crumble.
While Zerubbabel may not have possessed extraordinary abilities, God affirmed that he had initiated the work and laid the foundation and that he would have the capability to bring the task to completion.
This process begins in our heart, mind and spirit, and as we take small initial steps, God promises to fulfill it. It is through our small beginnings that the world will come to recognize that the Lord Almighty has commissioned and sent us.
VISION OF THE FUTURE
Despite Zerubbabel’s modest beginnings, the Lord expresses delight as He observes Zerubbabel’s hands and the capstone. Today we need to discipline our lives to bring about change. By seeking and not accepting life as it unfolds, we make a conscious decision to transform and not merely succumb to the whims of circumstance. God acknowledges and honors our commitment to change and progress when we set our minds on a vision for the future.
When we make up our mind with an intention to progress, with a vision of the future, GOD honors it!!
Do we have a vision of the future? Not everyone possesses a vision for the future; many tend to dwell on their past. God cannot help those who remain fixated on their past experiences. It is important to cultivate a vision for the future, as God empowers such individuals. During prayer or confession, it is essential to assess whether the vision of the future aligns with the word of God or if there is a persistent inclination to complain about past memories and harbor self- pity. Dwelling on past memories can be detrimental, whereas God honors and supports those who hold onto a vision for the future.
Expressing our vision is simple ut the question is whether that vision propels and motivates us or simply provides a fleeting sense of satisfaction? Can we synchronize our ody and heart eat with the envisioned future, or do we find ourselves reacting impulsively to every minor occurrence in the present?
Present circumstances, such as receiving a discouraging medical report or facing financial challenges, can be unsettling. The crucial question is whether our immediate response is to react impulsively to these external factors, or if we have successfully trained our body and emotions to harmonize with the vision that God has ordained for us. If our minds are aligned with the God-given vision, we gain the ability to enter a place of rest, irrespective of the turbulence around us. External opinions or criticisms lose their impact, allowing us to retreat to a serene space where we can fully embrace and enjoy the future vision bestowed upon us by God. It’s a very powerful experience in the spirit.
Even when the current situation is unfavorable and marred by difficulties, if we are guided by the vision God has set before us, our body and emotions can remain at rest. This state of rest is likened to being beside still water, reflecting the vision God has for us. Regardless of opposition from others or challenges and the wind and wave, we can remain steadfast in the assurance of God’s guiding vision.
David tells in Psalm 46:2 “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”
This signifies that the individual has disciplined his body to meditate and understand the vision God has given him. Even in adverse and negative situations, he can still envelop himself in the divine vision, experiencing a joy that transcends human understanding. This process is rooted in the vision, constituting small beginnings where we discipline ourselves to align with the destiny and vision that God has designated for us. This transformative journey can be termed as “faith”. The belief in our hearts will bring forth impactful confessions. Through the repetition of these confessions, we gradually bring our emotions and senses under the influence and guidance of the knowledge imparted by the Holy Spirit.
VISION REDFINES US
Vision redefines and disciplines us. It transforms our perspective on various aspects such as time management, communication choices, dietary habits, and sleep patterns. As we engage in the process of confession, and changing our attitude, we find that we can no longer comfortably associate with everyone. Our alignment shifts towards the Holy Spirit, making us uneasy with conversations centered on complaints and repetitive topics. In such instances, we must distance ourselves, recognizing what we have received is precious. It becomes imperative to safeguard our received insights from God by avoiding engagements that could undermine or nullify them.
We have to be careful what we choose. it must become a discipline ingrained in us. Without discipline, visions cannot manifest. Adhering to a certain code of conduct is important for understanding, revelation, and the fulfillment of our calling. If, for instance, waking up at 3 am is part of our discipline, it necessitates following a structured routine, including early meals and bedtime. Establishing clear parameters and completing tasks on time are vital components. Being mindful of our time, abilities, talents, and divine calling is paramount. Decision-making guided solely by emotions and senses can lead to distraction and God cannot use a distracted, undisciplined or a person lacking focus.
Even with a simple tool, like a small hammer, if our focus is unwavering, God can use us to break a mighty mountain. Conversely, when we lack focus, even a big bulldozer would be ineffective, making us unusable by God and hindering great achievements. So when we know our destiny deep down in our heart, that we are called like Esther and Daniel, it should resonate deep within us and our entire being should align with that understanding. Though we may still perceive ourselves as insignificant, our demeanor should mirror that of royalty, remaining focused. God acknowledges and honors such focus, positioning us in the presence of influential individuals, just as He did for Esther.
Embracing small beginnings with a grand vision, the Lord empowers us to accomplish mighty things. Any opposition or weapon against us will be rendered ineffective, for we serve a powerful God. Through His empowerment, we can live out our purpose and accomplish great things for the glory of God.