GOD'S WORD IS OUR TICKET TO INCREASE!
1). Increase happens when we continue with the word that God has spoken to us:
The word will lead us to our destination. A good example is the prophecy that we received this morning. We have the plane ticket with a particular date we will fly. We must be available to go on the journey. If the time has come and we are too busy, we will miss the flight. The ticket is not the place. If we are not on the plane, we will not reach the destination. The ticket is the entrance point.
God wants us to enter into the boat and the boat is God’s word. We must do what God wants us to do and practice what God wants us to practice. If we don’t go to the other side, there will be no increase. There is no increase without God’s word.
If we listen and don’t do the word, we will only be deceiving ourselves. If God is talking to us it is because God’s mercy is still upon us. Imagine going to a church when God is no longer talking but only the church people and the pastor talking. God is merciful and He is kind and that’s why He keeps talking to us. When God manifest, everything will be blessed.
Act 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene; who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus.
Act 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
It is the some of them that makes the difference. They are not average people but people who can make a difference. Ordinary people are many but extraordinary people are few. There are ordinary church members and there are extraordinary church members. That goes the same for churches, restaurants, etc. Choose to become extraordinary.
2) Increase happens when we break people limitations:
Sometimes we can be afraid when we see people and people’s opinions. People can be our worse enemy. When certain person is there, we cannot do or operate. Our biggest problem is people. Sometimes the closet people to us can be our greatest enemy. Increase will not happen when we don’t break people limitation. We must not hide what we have. What we carry is important and we can change everything. Everywhere the river went can bring life. We may be surrounded by people who don’t like us but when we rise up, the God of increase will be upon us.
Stop complaining about other people. Let God love us when others don’t love us. Don’t use other people to stop ourselves. If we want the God of increase, then we must break people limitation. Speak what God has placed in our heart and not to be intimidated by people.
Act 11:22 And the Word was heard in the ears of the church in Jerusalem. And they sent out Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch;
Act 11:23 who was glad when he had come and had seen the grace of God. And he exhorted all with purpose of heart to remain near to the Lord.
Act 11:24 For he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and faith. And many people were added to the Lord.