Matthew 17:17 - "Then Jesus answered and said, 'O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.'"
Jesus made it clear to the disciples that the gift of God would remain dormant in them if they could not believe.
When we walk in fear, doubt, and remembrance of failures we are robbed of our boldness, and we become unable to step out in God's ability.
Jeremiah 32:17 - "Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You."
I AM NEVER AS FAR FROM A MIRACLE AS IT FIRST APPEARS.
The spirit of the resurrected Christ is in you -- find it. That discovery releases extraordinary faith. It's the discovery of the person in you -- that partnership positions you to redefine the nature of the world around you.
Matthew 7:7 - "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
"Do not despise the day of small beginnings." - Zechariah 4:10
The Messiah had to be born in a manger before the government could be seen upon His shoulders, and it took a faithful few who trusted God's voice, beyond their own ways or understanding, to birth such to life. The manger brings the Father, and all of Heaven for that matter, so much joy! He has always worked through manger strategies.
Few recognize that so many of God's greatest moves come hidden within. Most don't want to start with a baby swaddled and surrounded in hay. Right now, many, many believers have these manger-like situations being used to birth new, small beginnings that all of Heaven is hopeful for. Most of those small beginnings don't have fanfare or a big following, just a few shepherds and wise men sent your way occasionally for encouragement to help see it through.
We can't despise these moments in each step we are following the Spirit which may feel so small and misunderstood. Like Joseph and Mary, we are merely stewarding through absolute surrender, faithful obedience, and a passion for the Lord that won't be compromised. What looks like a baby surrounded by hay in the wilderness might actually be a hope that carries the destiny of the Father's Kingdom family to the world.
"This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts." - Zechariah 4:6