Small Crack, Big Breakthrough
[ Preached by Pastor Kenneth Chin at Acts Church Malaysia on 19 January 2014 ]
Do you know that God can speak during sleepless nights? This message was inspired in the midst of insomnia.
That night, I caught a vision, it was about a dam with two sides. One side was filled with tons of water and the other side of the dam was dry.
The dam with tons of water represent potential, possibilities, money or even resources. While the dam that is dry could be illustrated as emptiness or bareness. God wants to pour into your life and bless you, and He wants to keep pouring His blessings until its overflowing.
Read | Matthew 13:44-45
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
Breakthrough starts from the crack in the wall. The beginning of all new beginnings, the very small occasion in your life is big because it will bring about God’s overflow. I want to challenge you to find the crack in your lives. If the crack in the wall is you saying sorry to somebody today, don’t delay it.
Read | 1 Kings 17
Breakthrough comes from obeying God. The Bible shares the story of how Elijah and the widow experienced God’s blessings. Before your breakthrough comes, God will put the desire in your heart. Just like the widow in the story, she may not have known Elijah nor his circumstances but God put the desire in her heart to provide for Elijah.
God’s opportunities may look like problems or burdens but they are actually blessings.
Read| Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Read | 1 Kings 17:11-13
Breakthrough can come from your kindness. The widow is in a tough situation. She only has a little food to prepare for her son and herself, enough just “to eat and die”. Sometimes you may feel like giving up or taking a break from serving, but God still wants you. God is not done with you yet. If you are struggling, you are in the best place for a breakthrough.
Elijah said to the woman, “Do not be afraid”. God is here for you. The widow has only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug but listened and made a small loaf of bread for Elijah to eat.
You may want your blessings fast and quick but it does not always happened that way, sometimes faith spelt is as R-I-S-K, but do not take risks without listening to God’s word.
Two things we can keep in mind are:
1. A little left is very different from nothing left.
You may have a little strength left for serving, a little money left for tomorrow. God understands that you are at the end of the rope, but a little left is different from nothing left.
No one in this room has nothing – you have the breath in your lungs to speak, you have the strength on your feet to walk to elsewhere, or you have at least RM1 in your pocket to spend.
When you have little left, you sow it because that can do wonders.
2. Blessings will involve someone else other than yourself.
Living in faith as a single person may be easier than living in faith as a married person due to responsibilities. Elijah did not rebuke the widow’s heart to serve her family. God didn’t just provide for Elijah, He provided for the widow and her son too.
God’s timing is not your timing. Treat every day like you are experiencing God’s blessings. I want to encourage us to not choose our days, but to start each day expectant on what God can do even in the days that you do not like.
He is a 24 hours – 7 days God who never leaves us, nor forsakes us.
He is your good heavenly Father.
Written by: Heidi Lai
Edited by: Ivy Wambaa & Hailey Chung