Think Big: The Battle of the Mind

If your mind cannot contain enlargement, then you can’t accept enlargement. The fight for prosperity begins with your mind.

 3 John 3:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as you soul prospers.

Your “soul” is your “mind, will and emotions”.

“You cannot go beyond what your mind cannot take. You cannot rise above what you do not know” – Pastor Austyn

Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.


Isaiah 54:2 –  Make the place of your tent larger, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes;

 

It is the desire of God that you be prosperous. The man Isaac (in the Bible) began to prosper continuously.

 

Ask God for the grace of continuous prosperity. Can your mind handle the enlargement?

 

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 


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Do not have a defeatist mentality. You will continue to believe until you see results.

God in His heart wants to see you succeed.

 

Joshua 1:1-3, 8 1 And it happened after the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, Jehovah spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 My servant Moses is dead. Now, therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people to the land which I give to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, I have given that to you, as I said to Moses.

8 This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely.

 


Enlargement is a continuous journey. Joshua’s mind had to be reprogrammed after God told him that His servant Moses was dead because now God wanted to use Joshua for a great destiny.

 

You need to rise above that level where God makes you the Head and you believe it so that you can extract the goodness, the favour and enlargement.

If you have the mindset that you possess the increase, you can receive it. It’s your responsibility to work on pursuing prosperity.

 

You must love the Word of God (The Bible). If you want to enjoy unhindered prosperity, you must love this book called the Bible.


 

Proverbs 4:1-2 1 Sons, hear the instruction of a father, and listen in order to know understanding. 2 For I give you good teaching; do not forsake my law.

Proverbs 4:21 -23 21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all his flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.


Spiritual warfare


If you believe God’s Word, it will become your reality.

Whose report shall you believe? You shall believe in the report of the Lord.

What is programming your mind? Is it the Word of God or the philosophies of this world?

Guard your mind with the Word of God.

“There are churches that lose its power when it’s all about political correctness rather than spiritual correctness.” – Pastor Austyn

You have to be persuaded by the Word of God. 


Philippians 3:13 – My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,

Until you change your mindset, certain things will not come to you until you do. Until your mind is transformed, you cannot go to the next level. It is indeed a battle field that you must fight the good fight of faith in your mind. Meditate on the Word and observe to do what is written.

Faith without actions is dead.

You observe what is written and then do what it says you should do.


James 2:18-24– 18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works. 19 You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Do you see how faith worked with his works, and from the works faith was made complete? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness, and he was called the friend of God.” 24 You see then how a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.


Why are believers not acting on what they believe? It is because they do not do the work that is required of Faith to move to the next level.

You must be willing to re-position yourself to become relevant. If you don’t believe in relevancy than you cannot increase and become relevant. There is no spiritual substitute for life and skills.


 

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Abraham was justified by works. It takes action to get results. Your actions will also expose to you who your enemies are in order to function strategically in the course of your life.

There are Christians who have faith and can look at someone and believe for their healing and deliverance, but when it comes to money and finances, they don’t have the faith in that area because it requires “WORK”.

Think Big and don’t think small. Peter acted in faith when Jesus told him to cast his net back in the water despite the fact that he was an experienced fisherman. But because he believed in the Word of Jesus to throw his net back in once again after trying so many times before, he obtained increase.

“Faith + Work is equal to results” – Pastor Austyn

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Enlargement Requires Endurance for Increase

James 1:2-8 – Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

When you seek enlargement you will face trials and temptations.

  • Verse 3 – Testing your Faith produces perseverance;
  • Verse 4 Perseverance causes you to mature and become complete as a person, not lacking anything

make things happenWhat is Perseverance?

  1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
  2. Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

 

  • Verse 5 If you lack something, this is where you ask God for wisdom and He will provide it to you. You have not if you ask not (James 4:1-3)

 

  • Verses 6-8 – When you ask you must believe and not doubt
    • If you doubt, you will not receive anything from the Lord
    • Such a person is classified as a double-minded man unstable in all that they do
      • They are neither here nor there;
      • You can consider such a person to be a lukewarm individual. They are neither hot or cold and worthy of being spat out (Revelations 3:16).

 

focus-on-your-goalIf we seek Increase and Enlargement we must be groomed for it.

Look at Joseph in the Bible. He was a slave, a servant, a prisoner and then eventually after all those trials and tests he endured, he eventually became a prime minister (2nd in command) in all of Egypt under Pharaoh. He was groomed through those tests and trials and endured humiliation, temptation, disappointment and discouragement that could have made him lose focus off of his dream, that he would one day rule over his family.

 


You will require – Integrity, Wisdom, Maturity in Faith and application of your faith through Action.

You must understand that Faith requires you to listen, and then do what you hear.

 Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


df97a7852398fe9ae1ff346a811f53bcJames 1:19 – 25 – Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

  • Verse 19 – Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger – A person who lacks self-control is unable to listen nor take advice, is argumentative, unwilling to obey instruction and therefore becomes unteachable. This verse highlights how pride can get in the way of doing what you have heard and been instructed to do, not on just a biblical basis, but also on practical basis with what you do in your everyday life.
  • Verse 20 – anger does not produce a right attitude that the Lord wants us to have
  • Verse 21 – get rid of the arrogance in order to obtain the promises of God that is contained in His Word which should be planted in you if you believe. What you ultimately believe in, is what you end up becoming.
  • Verse 22 – do not be just a listener of instructions, do what you have been told to do. You must apply what you learn and put your faith into action.

Example: It’s like learning how to swim, you can be told verbally what to do in the water, but simply hearing the instructions and then not applying those instructions into action are of no effect for you if you don’t get into the water to practice what you have been taught to do.


Those that practice doing what they hear (or have been instructed to do), will eventually become experts in what they repeatedly do and elevate to new levels from being just a beginner to a professional standard. This is how God wants us to apply our Faith in life. You may be a beginner at first, but you can only increase when you continue doing something repeatedly by practicing your faith and putting it into action.


 

  • Focus ConceptVerses 23 – 24 – If you do not put the instructions given to you into practice, you will forget and will therefore become useless and undependable to anyone’s standard. No one wants to waste time with someone who cannot follow basic instructions. Laziness is a vice to your quest for increase.
  • Verse 25 – Those that act on and obey instructions will be rewarded in all that they do. Any teacher enjoys a student dutifully practicing what they have learned in the classroom and attempting to apply what they have learned into action. Those that practice continuously on the basis of that instruction will be able to move to new levels and new heights.

Yes, you will face adversity from others who will be jealous of where you are going, but the first hurdle of adversity that you must conquer is yourself.

No one can make you act on faith. No one can force you to listen to basic instructions, no one can cause you to move and apply what you have learned into action. These things are non-transferable responsibilities. If you cannot change your pattern of behavior and thinking to match what it says in God’s Word, you will not go anywhere if you yield to the temptation of laziness.

The just shall live by faith, however, the slothful shall die by inaction.

Therefore, choose life, and life more abundant if you want to get to the next level.


 

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

Focus on what’s in front of you rather than dwelling on what is irrelevant and behind you.

45e84cbcf7c40a80e0dcb61a63403c08Philippians 3:11-13 (NKJV)

11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

You cannot move forward if you have the old-mindset. Think big, focus ahead, move forward towards the goal. Do not allow yourself to get distracted from what is happening around you. Be like Joseph who focused on his dream. Be determined and remain focused. You can achieve great things when you have God by your side. Remember what the Bible says about you. When you are weak, focus on the Word that tells you “you are strong”.

Ephesians 6:10

[ The Whole Armor of God ] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

 

 

 

The Cost of Enlargement

You will have people that will fight you.

Isaiah 54:2-3 – “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes;

Stop thinking Small. Get away from the small-minded mentality.

Proverbs 23:7 – For as He thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

Don’t think small. If you want be a millionaire you have to think like a millionaire. You cannot think small in order to achieve greatness. Think big and represent yourself in a large way.

As you think, so you will become. You will take bigger risks if you think big.

Those that purpose enlargement in their lives, they do not think small.

Some people may think you are arrogant for thinking big, but you are just confident about where you are going.

Stop thinking small! Just because the people around you think small, doesn’t mean you have to think the same way as well.

1 Chronicles 4:10 – And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

tumblr_lxh1nbPzfS1r0j9r8o1_500.gifDon’t think Small, Don’t box your mind, don’t box God. Become unlimited. Be a barrier breaker rather than a caged person.

A person who can’t see where you’re going will have issues with you. Don’t let them stop you from pursuing greatness.

Relationships matter when you want to enlarge. Don’t surround yourself with small minded people.

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

If you have negative people around you, sooner or later you will exhibit the same bad tendencies.

You will be stretched, but you should not quit. You will defy the odds of wanting to quit.

Poverty creeps in when your sleeping, slothful and lazy.

…Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes – this is all about your foundation.

You have to have a strong foundation. Solidify yourself, so that in times of crisis you will stand strong. When a tent is not staked deep into the ground, it can be blown away by a strong wind.

As a believer you need to strengthen your stakes so that you will not be shaken. Anchor yourself to the the Word of God as your foundation.

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?

Strengthen your foundation.  It’s the foundation that carries you, you don’t carry the foundation.

Your Foundation is found in Christ Jesus.

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Preparing Your Mind for Enlargement – by Sis. Sharon

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) 

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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The instructions that you are willing to obey, will determine the miracle that you shall receive.  

The Road to Enlargement begins with your Mind 

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) 

7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.

Example: Eye of the Storm Documentary (www.janeelliot.com

In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. The children experienced what it felt to be treated as an inferior or superior group based on the color of their eyes irregardless of their actual intelligence. Being told your inferior or superior to another group affected the behaviors of the children in negative and/or positive ways. Both the blue-eyed and brown-eyed children experienced both extremes.

The power to choose, lies within everyone. Choosing to act or not to act is a choice. Choosing to be indecisive, which is choosing not to choose is also a choice. Please be responsible with the choices you make because you will take ownership of them.

The Road to Enlargement is the Path God Paves for you as He walks with You 

Exodus 13:17-18 (NKJV) 

The Wilderness Way 

17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.

increaseGod could tell whether or not the Children of Israel were ready or not to enter the Promised Land. Through His assessment, He chose the best path to take them to that Land. God can assess whether you are able to advance to the next stage of enlargement or not based on your level of preparedness and will Guide you to your destination. It is important to be proactive in your preparation for advancement, rather than passive so that it will not take you long to reach your goals like the Children of Israel did (i.e. 40 years in the Wilderness). 

The Road to Enlargement begins with God giving you an Advantageous Position 

Joshua 8:18-19 (NKJV) 

18 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. 19 So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place; they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand, and they entered the city and took it, and hurried to set the city on fire.

God will place you in an advantageous position in order to receive your breakthroughs. Joshua and the Children of Israel had already experience Victory by taking down the Walls of Jericho before advancing to the land of Ai. God directed their positioning and were able to reap the spoils that the land of Ai had to offer them for enlargement. 

The Road to Enlargement begins with Everyone witnessing you as a Sign 

Matthew 16:1-4 (NKJV) 

The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign 

16 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites![a] You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet[b] Jonah.” And He left them and departed.


Matthew 16:17-19 (NKJV) 

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”

God will re-brand you with His name and you will become unstoppable as God gives you divine access rule and reign your world both in the physical and the supernatural.

The Road to Enlargement begins with You Strengthening Your Position in God 

Isaiah 54:2 (NKJV) 

2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.

It is one thing to get into position, but it is another thing to strengthen your position. Look at the US elections, people bowing out of the race, while others are staying the course. The winner for Presidency is dependent on the candidates attitude towards how they will strengthen their position for the seat of office. 


Prayer Points: 

  • Ask God to increase your faith to believe in your enlargement and to renew your thoughts to align with His words that speak to your position in Him 
  • Ask God to direct your path as He increases the territory you are to reign and have influence and affluence over
  • Ask God to position you for advancement in whatever it is He has intrusted in you to achieve
  • Ask God to show the world that you are the verifiable Sign that God is with you as you advance His cause wherever you engage in the practice of His word in your daily life
  • Ask God to give you strength to maintain your position for advancement using His keys to the Kingdom 

 

 

Enlargement is a Command to Multiply the Seed Given by the Supplier

Isaiah 54:2 – “Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.

If you want increase in your life, you have to allow yourself to stretch out like a tent and be challenged to stand your ground with the Word of God as your foundation.

Genesis 1: 27-31

27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

  • God commands man to multiply meaning we have everything we need inside of us to increase and grow.
  • God creates the environment for increase by providing you the ingredients that have a multiplication ability through the power of the Seed.
  • When God wants to increase you, He creates an environment that promotes:
    • enlargement,
    • Increase, and
    • Multiplication

meaning that you can double the outcome with the effort you place in applying your faith to increase in any area of your life.


Matthew 25: 14- 30 (NIV)

The Parable of the Bags of Gold (aka The Parable of the Talents)

In the NKJV vs. 14 says… “For the kingdom of heaven is like….

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went talents-600.jpgon his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


What do you learn from this parable?

  • The master is the one who supplied the servants with what they needed to increase. This is exactly like what God did for Adam and Eve in Genesis 1.
  • 2 of them obeyed the command from their master who was also their supplier of that increase and put their faith into action and achieved double for their work since faith comes with works.0c55d70b1d30164516901120e5a32265
  • Faith comes by hearing, and then doing what you hear.
  • The reward for obedience is that for those that multiplied what they were given shared in the masters increase (meaning they were able to keep what they had multiplied and not only that, they were elevated to a new level of responsibility meaning that they achieved promotion).
  • Why did they achieve promotion?
  • They were trusted with a small task to increase what they were given, and then they achieved a double outcome, they were promoted to new ranks.
  • Enlargement comes when you obey the command to multiply what you are given.
  • If you do nothing with the task that is given to you, you will remain either stagnant or you will not only be demoted, you will lose every area of responsibility and be fired without a job to do. That is why the Bible warns those who are lazy that the very little that they have will be taken away from them if they do not obey the command to put their faith into action to increase what they are given.

 

Have you ever been at work and seen your boss give you a project to do with a team and only a few members of that team produce results with the task given while others do nothing assuming that they can just take credit for work they did not even put any effort to do. In the business world, that is unacceptable and it is the same with God. God rewards those that put their faith to work rather than remain lazy and still expecting a reward for doing absolutely nothing.

 

  • Why is this so important to understand? In all your getting you must get understanding.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NKJV)

Remember the Lord Your God

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.


The command to multiply means that there is an obedience factor. The instructions you are willing to obey will determine the miracle you are willing to receive.

  • God will give you a command to multiply what He gives you.
  • God will test your obedience and your willingness to put your faith at work
  • Those that obey what they hear receive a reward
  • That reward comes from obeying God’s Word.
  • Those that live by the Word prosper
  • God assess us by our hearts and what we think in our hearts is what we end up becoming.
  • If we believe that there is no need to work our faith like the disobedient servant that buried the talents/bags of gold, we will deserve nothing.

Those that do nothing, deserve nothing.

Those that sow nothing, get nothing,

Those that disobey instruction, reap corruption;

and that is why there will be a gnashing of teeth and a great weeping.

 


James 2:14-17

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.


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If you want to enlargement:

  • you need to work with what you’ve got.
  • Do not be jealous of your brother or sister that have 5 talents, 2 talents or even one Talent. You have something that God gave you, so work with the abilities that God has given you to increase.
  • Every measure that ever person has, has the ability to double if you just believe.
  • God (Who is the supplier) gives people according to their abilities and what you do with the little He provides you with will determine whether you will receive double the favour in your life.
  • Remember, if you do nothing you receive nothing. But if you apply faith with the little that you’ve got, you will receive double for your trouble. Faith is the key.