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I was packing up a box for shipping in the mail and had turned it over to be sure that I had used enough sealing tape to secure the contents in the box. As I began to apply the sealing tape, my eyes were drawn to the simple statement printed on the bottom of the box put there intentionally by the company that manufactures the packing boxes.
It read; ” T H I N K B I G – A C T L I T T L E ”
RIGHT THEN THE LORD SPOKE TO ME IN GREAT INTENSITY.
He gently said, “Child, the past mentality and insidious mind set of many in ministry has been the direct opposite of the statement; “THINK BIG – ACT LITTLE.” Man is still obsessed with power, control, and is driven by the desire to be the biggest and the best. This has crept into the church through a message of self-gratification, and an implied sense of “you deserve it” spoken through many who don’t THINK BIG about the consequences of their words!
So many believers think that they have a right to “Big things” but want it all to happen through others doing for them honoring them, and therefore their concern and “actions” in considering others service and faithfulness is minimal.
The current attitude heaven is hearing from among not only many disobedient believers but also sadly among many who think they are in the “forefront” of the wave of My Spirit is in fact, a reversal of the statement, Think Big Act little.”
THINK LITTLE… ACT BIG!
This is the mindset of the selfish and those trapped in patterns of deceit and personal denial!
AS LONG AS WE DON’T TAKE THE TIME TO EXAMINE OUR OWN SOULS,
Which we well know, can be very wicked, we never think about how our “ACTING BIG” and “all anointed and all powerful” and how “on the cutting edge” we might be!
THE LORD INSTRUCTED ME WITH A FIRM BUT GENTLE WARNING,
about those who are trying to “re-package” the same old way of doing things the way they want it done in a different box or presentation.
It’s like the statement “THINK LITTLE – ACT BIG.”
PUSHING AWAY THE CONVICTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS DANGEROUS.
The Lord is in this present hour is granting us much precious time to deal with the hidden sins and iniquities that are well fed and functioning in each of our lives. Ministry leaders, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, sheep. Sadly, many seem to believe that if they just “THINK LITTLE – AND – “ACT BIG” well, others will be really impressed with the BIG Show and BIG Presentation and we won’t have to think about or question our motives and manipulations as to why we need to keep feeding the “BIG ACT!”
GODLESSNESS IN THE LAST DAYS
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– having a form of godliness but denying its power.
HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM.
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, (men as well!) who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
MANY TIMES THE BODY OF CHRIST IS FOUND TO BE CHASING AFTER MIRACLES AND SIGNS AND WONDERS…
…In order to get a new thing to happen in your church or community. It is THINKING LITTLE. You have trained yourself and others to pursue God, only if blessings and miracles occur. But when hardship and testing and refining occur it’s easier to “THINK LITTLE” about these.
THE FLESH HATES DISCIPLINE AND TRUTH!
With every wave and Dimension of Glory the Lord releases, there is always the crowd of the 5000 looking for a good free meal, a good public speaker, and a few miracles. These days toss in a “new groovy worship ministry” and you’ve arrived!
HOWEVER! When the real work of God is getting close, the numbers drastically reduce and those who are not willing to extort others or use others for fame and gain, become again, like a Gideon’s army. Rugged, broken, obedient, and they THINK about the BIG THINGS God can do, but “THEY ACT LITTLE” or small and humble.
“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself” Philippians 2:3.
BEWARE OF THOSE WHO SHOUT TOO LOUDLY;”HEY! WE HAVE A BIG THING HAPPENING!”
“And you need to come and uh… well, if you really want in on it, don’t think much about the fee of $200 or more to attend what God is doing!”
DID THAT POKE AT YOUR SOUL A LITTLE BIT? WELL GOOD!
WE ARE IN A SEASON WHERE MONEY CHANGING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD’S ANOINTING IS GOING TO BE DEALT WITH.
Just after this paragraph is a small list of a few other things the Lord has asked me to bring a gentle warning about. Things that He is going to allow His exposure and His Holy fire to touch, if they are not personally dealt with through our own choice in repent humbly to Him and to others we are supposed to have some kind of accountability with.
You are accountable to someone other than yourself aren’t you? ( hint ) That may be a mentor, a prayer group, a couple or two, maybe a husband and wife together. But we all must have someone that we share an account of our lives with.
HE IS GIVING ALL OF HIS PEOPLE, SHEEP AND LEADERS ALIKE…
…TIME TO THINK – AND ACT.
– GENTLE WARNINGS FROM THE LORD –
1.) Key Leaders need to become tender towards those in their service.
Sharing with them as co-laborers and hard workers, fair and even above and beyond, financial support, honor, and deep respect.
“Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock” 1 Peter 5:3.
‘Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you” Romans 12:3.
2.) Many in ministry settings embrace too quickly, those who “appear” to have a large ministry influence and grant them levels of authority without knowing what their home life is like, what their accountability levels are, and how they appropriate ministry funding they gain through travels, conferences or support. THE LORD URGES THOSE WHO ARE PASTORAL TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT THEY EMBRACE AND BRING INTO THEIR SHEEPFOLD. PASTORS ARE JUDGED MORE SERIOUSLY.
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” James 3:1.
“I will not allow deceivers to serve me, and liars will not be allowed to enter my presence” Psalm 101:7.
3.) The Lord warns about slandering others in ministry or in the general Body of believers,
publicly as well as in private settings. Shaming others is usually a form of control and can often be used to hide behind, rather than to lovingly confront, a situation.
MANY BOOKS AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES
ARE GOING TO BE RELEASED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
THEY WILL SLANDER, LIE, AND EXAGGERATE STORIES
ABOUT HOW THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THOSE MEMBERS IN IT HAVE
“DONE EACH OTHER WRONG.”
This will be a total turn off to the generation that is watching those who are to be modeling grace, patience, kindness, and self-control. The Lord warns that once the doors of your mouth begin to slander and shame others He will expose and do unto you what you have done unto others.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” Hebrews 4:13.
“Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.
Do not act as a merchant toward your own people.
Do not try to get ahead at the cost of your neighbor’s life, for I am the LORD” Leviticus 19:16.
“They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; They will be cruel and have no interest in what is good” 2 Timothy 3:3 .
YOU SEE, WE ARE TO THINK BIG ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD
AND ACT LITTLE, ACT SMALL …
Humility brings honor and favor.
Deceit brings Judgment.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow
Mary has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.