28 Feb 2016 - Don't Despise Your Small Beginnings - Pastor Charles Nieman Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
Pastor Charles Nieman's End-Times Philosophy : If Jesus comes, I go, if Jesus doesn't come, I still go, so let's go out there and change the world.
Revelation 1:8 - This book is the revelation of Jesus Christ. There is no other book in the Bible that shows the Person of Jesus like the Book of Revelation.
Jesus says "I am the Alpha and Omega". Jesus is both things at the same time - simultaneously. There is no gap in between.
That is how Jesus operates and manifests in our lives. Jesus is in our beginnings and in our endings at the same time.
When something new begins, it means something ended.
““I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”” (Revelation 1:8 NKJV)
Isaiah 14:12-14 - Satan always wants to sit where Jesus sits. Satan only brings an ending.
Satan wants to sit on your Omegas (your endings). Don't let him. Let Jesus sit in your endings.
““How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” (Isaiah 14:12-14 NKJV)
Psalms 48:2 - Mount Zion (also representing the church) is on the sides of the north.
“Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King.” (Psalms 48:2 NKJV)
Isaiah 46:9-10 -When something ends, Jesus already has a new beginning prepared for you.
He can do that because He is the Beginning and the End.
The word "counsel" should be translated as "purpose". Jesus' purpose shall stand.
“Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’” (Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV)
Zechariah 4:10 - The Heavenly Father is in love with small beginnings. He chose for Jesus to be born in a humble manger.
Jesus is already in your beginnings, and He knows where your ending is.
Jesus knows what beginning you need, to get you to the ending that He has purposed for you.
“Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They’ll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!” Going back to the vision, the Messenger-Angel said, “The seven lamps are the eyes of GOD probing the dark corners of the world like searchlights.”” (Zechariah 4:10 MSG)
In the Old Testament, when a prophet tells you to do something, you better do it if not bad things would happen.
When Samuel came to Jesse's house to anoint the next king of Israel and instructed Jesse to bring all his sons in the house, Jesse left David out with all the sheep.
David wasn't being treated as a son. Usually servants and slaves would take care of the sheep.
David said he would kill Goliath, just like he killed the lion and the bear. David learnt how to use the sling in the sheepfold.
Learning to use the sling wasn't about the lion and the bear - it was about leading him to his purpose.
David connected the dots backwards. The practice of slinging enabled him to kill Goliath and become king of Israel.
It was the power of preparation at work. You learn in the small.
God says don't despise small beginnings because we have a tendency to despise the small.
There are things that we learn in the small to prepare us for God's true purpose in our lives.
God doesn't tell you the true purpose at first - He only gives you your small beginning.
Job 8:7 - Even you are not much right now, you'll end up better than ever! Don't despise your small beginnings.
“Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.” (Job 8:7 NKJV)
“Even though you’re not much right now, you’ll end up better than ever.” (Job 8:7 MSG)
Matthew 25:14-30 - Pastor Charles wants to help you to create sensitivity to small beginnings.
Jesus takes His goods and puts them into our power. He calls us into our small beginnings and calls us to produce.
Jesus said "Because you have been faithful in the small, you will be made ruler over much.".
The end that the Lord wanted is for them to enter into His joy.
You can apply this in all areas of your life: take care of the smalls.
One of the hardest things in the world is to be faithful in the small.
One of the easiest things in the world is to be faithful in the much, because much creates the energy to be faithful in it.
Being faithful in the small is not a stepping stone to be ruling over much.
Much exists because you are faithful in the smalls and have been taking care of the smalls.
““For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV)
Your small beginnings can promote you.
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