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Summary: A great message on vision. If God be our partner, then let our dreams be big.

Thinking Big in Small Places

By: Pastor Donny Granberry


One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me and my brother who is four years older than I am.

I was maybe 3 and one half years old and had just recovered from an accident in which my arm had been broken among other injuries.

Someone had given me a little ’tea set’ as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news and my brother was playing nearby in the living room when I brought Daddy a little cup of ’tea’, which was just water.

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home. My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was ’just the cutest thing!’

My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up, then she says to him, ’Did it ever occur to you that the only place that baby can reach to get water is the toilet?’

....Mom’s know!

The central thought I would like to speak on this morning is “Thinking Big in Small Places.”

Have you ever come to the point in which you have all of these ideas, all of this creativity within you and you have trouble getting it out?

You can see into your future, but you can’t seem to find the directions to get you there, and you end up feeling like a hotdog in a steak house.

This morning, I want to encourage you to keep dreaming, to keep thinking big even in small places.

Do not allow your vision to be compromised by the smallness that you see in your situation.

Ephesians 3:20 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

There are literally billions of people on the earth and the only way we will ever reach them for Jesus is to have a vision that is larger than ourselves, or in the confounds of what we can do.

Microsoft Corp. has made its founder, Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in the world, but it was started by three geeks in a garage who would not take no, you can’t, or it wont work for an answer.

The Bible also tells us that the just shall live by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God.

What is faith?

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

It’s time to reach into what cannot be seen and fulfill our dreams.

When we came here five years ago, we stepped into what was not yet seen, but was hoped for.

This church had not been filled, yet, but the group that was here wanted to know if I had ever built a church.

As God began to bless, dream busters tried to get us to come down from the wall.

Voices said, Central used to be, Central was, there were people that had were ready to order a head stone, but the people in this church were ready to reach into what was not seen, and fulfill their destiny.

I was told;

• You cannot build the size building on that small a property.

• You will never build a church preaching Pentecost.

• You cannot afford to build what your vision is.

• You will have to downsize and build in stages to afford it.

Some of them may have had good reason for their advice, but look what the Lord has done and what do they say today.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

We serve a God who reached out into nothing and created everything.

It may seem as though you are in a small place in your life today, but get ready, you’re up for a promotion.

2 Corinthians 6:12 The Message

The smallness you are feeling is coming from within you. Your lives are not small; you’re just living them in a small way.

Do not allow your vision to be compromised by the smallness that you see in your situation.

There is nothing small about the God that lives in you!

The army of Israel was hiding behind rocks, or anything else they could find.

They had never seen Goliath in battle, they were afraid of his size.

They saw an obstacle that seemed big which made them feel small.

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