Thursday, 11 September 2008

starting small, FINISHING GREAT

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Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase Job 8:7 (KJV)

Your future will be brighter by far than your past Job 8:7 (CEV)

Though your beginning was small, your latter end would increase abundantly Job 8:7 (NKJV)

Even though you are not much right now, you'll end up better than ever Job 8:7 (The Message)

And though you started with little, you will end up with much Job 8:7 (NLT)

Where you began will seem unimportant because your end will be so successful Job 8:7 (NCV)

Who despises the day of small things? Zec 4:10a (NIV)

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand Zec 4:10 (NLT)

Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They'll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place! Zec 4:10 (The Message)

Those who have made fun of this day of small beginnings will celebrate when they see Zerubbabel holding this important stone. Zec 4:10 (NCV)

These verses have been in my spirit for a few days as I have been thinking about how far I am from some of the goals and targets that I feel I should have achieved. The key word being I. In some cases, I have not been diligent with the management of my time as I have not give adequate time to the truly important things or as the dear Bishop says, I have not kept the MAIN THING THE MAIN THING!

For some other things, God reminded me that the timetable that runs my life was set up by Him and not me so I should trust that even though I'm not where I think I ought to be, I'm right where He wants me to be and as long as I keep walking with Him, I'll always be where He wants me to be. The key thing is always being at the centre of His will.

Today your achievements, your skills/talents, your education, the status of your relationships, your finances, even your faith may seem small compared to where you want to be or the demands placed on you. Remember that our God is one of increase. It doesn't matter how small what is in your hands is, you have a very big God. If you walk with Him, He will take that small start and enable you to finish great!

A best selling book begins with a single word
You and I started life as a single diploid cell
A cruse of oil saved the widow and her sons from slavery
Some flour and oil saved the widow and her son from starvation

Jesus said, if you have faith like a mustard seed, (it's really tiny! about 2mm in diameter; Wikipedia)you can move mountains (fear, opposition, lack, whatever obstacle is on your way). Believer's paraphrase!

So be still and praise God because you serve a God of UNCOMMON TESTIMONIES. This message was so what I needed right now! Back to work!

15 comments:

Remi, United Kingdom said...

yeeeeoh.... Father I have heard.. oooh. okay now. This the same message I woke up to in September, the 9th month of the year.. and I realised that I started well, but where was I? And then had to repent for wasting time and now, I am in the process of finishing this year GREAT. With God's help it will be accelerated. It's going to be tremendous hard work... but I can do it.. I will cross the finish line of MY RACE this year... GREAT..
Thanks for the affirmation and the timely reminder! This was meant for me to read! ... Hope you are doing great.

oh.. and firrrrrst! lol.. much luv

Believer said...

@ remi:You are blessed, we will finish strong!

chichi said...

just burriful.well said.

OluwaDee said...

"Who despises the day of small things? Zec 4:10a "

I love this verse.

How u dey?

simeoneomobaba said...

"even though I'm not where I think I ought to be, I'm right where He wants me to be and as long as I keep walking with Him, I'll always be where He wants me to be"

Believer said...

@chichi:You gats to update before I report you to blogville!!Lol!

@Mrs Oluwadee: Iyawo, how u dey? Congratulations again, funny now that i miss you because i no longer assume the young, nigerian ladies on the train are oluwadee anymore!!

Believer said...

@unclesimeone himself: How are you doing? Hope you got my email!!

~Mimi~ said...

:) true talk.

Rita said...

These are very timely words...

Jaycee said...

This particular one got me, "Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They'll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!" Zec 4:10 (The Message)...

And also when you said, "A best selling book begins with a single word..."

Sometimes within a gigantic message comes a still phrase that directly applies to your life...like these two phrases I pasted...

Thank you Lord...

simeoneomobaba said...

reli funny a.a..uncle what..?
you've got me falling in love with my message bible all over again...
luv

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

its in the waiting babe, in the waiting, thank god that we are not going to keep staying where we are, but will reach an even greater end. Praise God, for being God. How nma, Im going to south of Italy, its like going to a sunny country like greece. I feel like Im going on a holiday.. yayy.

Favoured Girl said...

Wow, it's like Remi and I are living similar lives... lol. That was exactly the stuff going through my mind as September rolled around. I've had to apologise to God for wasting the first seven months of the year by disobeying Him and now I'm so far away from my goals... BUT by His GRACE and help, I know I'll fulfil my plans before the year is over.

Thanks Believer for putting this post up. I especially like "Where you began will seem unimportant because your end will be so successful Job 8:7 (NCV)" and I'm claiming that in Jesus name.

Stay blessed and favoured!

isha said...

This makes me look forward to my future more than ever. Good stuff. thank! how've you been?

Believer said...

@mimi: Thanks for your comment. Remain blessed.

@rita: I'm still digesting it! Thanks for stopping by!

@jaycee: Thank God for God.

@simeoneomobaba: I need to get my own copy o, that version really blessed me....

@LOASCM:Praise God, i trust that you are still having the time of your life!

@FG: In the same boat but I'm praying for His grace to pursue, overtake and recover all!

@isha: Fine, thanks for asking. We'll keep getting better and better!