What You Have is Enough
There’s a Nigerian adage which says ‘what you are looking for in Sokoto (the name of a State) is in your shokoto (trousers). God will not ask you for what you don’t have. God never asked anyone to give what they did not have. He used what they had and it was enough to give them what they needed. Besides, even what you think you have was given to you by God. So He knows what you have. What He gave to you is what He needs to bring increase to your life.
What you want is buried inside what you have. It takes revelation to discover what you have and its potential.
The Christian life is a life of discovery. God has made all things available to us in Christ yet some Christians still walk around defeated in life simply because they have not discovered by revelation what is rightfully theirs.
Paul never prayed that God would give them houses, cars, wealth and riches but he prayed that God would grant them the spirit of wisdom and revelation that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened and that they would know:
- the hope to which He called them
- the glorious RICHES of his inheritance in the saints
- the exceeding greatness of his power
- that power that raised Jesus Christ and is at work in them
Where wisdom and knowledge are found men discover the wealth, riches and power available to them in Christ and are able to use them to their advantage.
Philemon 1:6 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing that is yours in Christ.
Glory to God! Every believer needs an accurate knowledge of every good thing they have in Christ. This is what makes the sharing and communication of our faith effective. Our lives must speak of the goodness of our God when we have an accurate knowledge of every good thing we have in Christ. This knowledge only comes by revelation.
Ehpesians 1:3 tells us that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus.
The heavenly realm is a spiritual realm that is very real although we do not see it with our physical eyes. That is why we need wisdom and revelation in all that is ours. These things are hidden for us not from us. Or else there would be no difference between the natural and the spirit filled man. The natural man cannot receive the things of the spirit but we can. Glory to God!
What they had
Let us see a few examples of how God opened the eyes of His covenant people by revelation to perceive correctly what He had given to them.
Moses had a rod in his hands but he was bothered about what he did not have; eloquent speech. God will use what you have. As insignificant as the rod in his hand looked, God delivered the children of Israel time and again with the rod. I am not saying everyone needs to get a rod. We cannot box God. He has given unto us all, according to our abilities.
God works with the principle of the seed so we can all trust Him for a harvest. I heard Gloria Copeland say “I never saw a big thing that didn’t start small’ Many people are not willing to start small. They are too impatient for the process but you have need of patience. (Hebrews 10:45)
You need to engage with what you have. It may be an idea, a talent, a skill, a word, or a physical thing. What you have is enough. You have the blessing on your life. And you have a seed. This is what we all need to fill the earth, subdue and dominate it.
About a year ago, my life changed at a pastoral training when my husband and pastor asked us to take our eyes off what we did not have and make a list of what we had. This is what my list looked like: Family, friends, cars, a house, Lands, a Laptop, a phone with Internet connection, Time, A pen and note book, books in my personal library, a school, staff, pupils, clothes,.. Suddenly, I couldn’t stop writing. The list was endless
My eyes popped open. It was an ‘aha’ moment for me. All the while I thought I was without or that I just didn’t have enough. Actually I had more than enough. I had to change the way I was seeing what I had been blessed with. The way I perceived what I had would determine the value I derived from it.
The widow in 2 Kings 4 when asked by the prophet “what do you have in the house?” answered ‘Nothing at all’ at first...nothing means nothing but then she added …'except a jar of oil…' I believe that suddenly there was a realization that she had ‘something’ not ‘nothing’ Suddenly there was hope, there was possibility, She had not been left without but she had perceived her jar of oil as nothing. God had not left her destitute and without. She had a jar of oil which God could use.
God’s preferred way of doing things is that He makes something out of things which do not appear. What that means is that from the very beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, He created everything we will ever need. The furniture and books we use today were in the trees, the cars were in the iron, steel, aluminum and copper, the bricks for the houses were in the limestone and so on. However, men over the centuries had to make discoveries.
The life of the Christian ought to be filled with discoveries daily. God will use what is already in existence even though it may not appear obvious. That’s when we say it’s a miracle. Your healing, health, wealth, family, academics, business have all been paid for in Christ Jesus. What you need is revelation.
When Jesus fed 5000 men with five loaves of bread and two fish we saw that phrase again as in 2 Kings. His disciples said “we have NOTHING here except five loaves and 2 fish” they perceived the 5 loaves and two fish as nothing. Indeed to the human eye it was nothing compared to the situation they were facing. But that was all that Jesus required; a seed. There was bread and fish to start with. He needed something to work with.
When the wine finished at the wedding at Cana of Galilee, Jesus ordered that water be served (John 2:8). He needed something to work with. He never left the people without a ‘seed’ The shunamite woman had a little flour and oil and that was all that was required to preserve them during the famine when it was rightly perceived as seed.
God never leaves us without a seed. Everything we have is in seed form and has inherent ability to multiply. God wants us to multiply and fill the earth, subdue and dominate it; we do this by the blessing and the seeds He has given us. These seeds could be in form of thoughts, ideas, insights and material things.
Many have said the reason they are yet to start that business or venture or ministry is that they lack capital. What they are saying is they don’t have money. Money is the least available capital. All the examples mentioned in the Bible never required money. When money was required Jesus instructed Peter to catch fish and in the mouth of the first fish he would find the tax. In Peter’s field there was supply based on an instruction. All that Peter needed was an instruction. He blesses the works of our hands and never leaves us without help. He prospers us in whatever we do. What do you have and what are you doing? what instructions are you obeying? Money without the wisdom of God, an idea, instruction, friends or family is a life of misery. Solomon the wealthiest man asked for wisdom and God gave him wisdom with wealth. Wealth and riches follow wisdom and revelation. Christ has become our wisdom so we should seek after wisdom. We should seek after revelation. We should long and desire to see the way God sees.
Get Wisdom and Revelation
How do I realize the worth and value of what I have been given?
- Through Prayer:
In the place of prayer, our eyes are open to see Eph. 1:15-1 is a prayer we should make daily. We are already rich and it is important for us to see ourselves the way God sees us and begin to manifest this life to be a blessing to those around us
Jeremiah 33:3 –Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. Glory to God. In the place of prayer you can know things about your field others do not know that will put you above in your field.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom (to guide him through a decision or circumstance, he is to ask of (our benevolent) God, who gives to everyone generously and without blame, and it will be given him.
- Through meditation
Psalm 119:97-99 Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your words are always with me. I have better understanding than my teachers (because of your Word) for your testimonies are my meditation.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.
- Through right association
He that walks with the wise is wise. Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens (and influences) another (through discussion)
- Through Prophetic words
Ezra 6:14 And the Jewish elders built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo… By wisdom a house is built so I believe the people received wisdom to build and complete the work as the prophet prophesied. Do not despise prophecy
- Through a seed
A seed will meet any need. Solomon sacrificed a thousand cattle to the Lord and at night God showed up asking him what he wanted and he received wisdom. Giving enlarges your capacity to receive.
According 2 Cor. 9:8 when we give we can expect every favour and earthly blessing to come to us. We can expect grace to work for us. The wisdom of God will cause you to reach out in faith to the realm of the unseen and bring into the natural the things that have been prepared for you. Receive revelation today to rightly perceive what you have been given. What you have is more than enough to give you what you need.