From Grass To Greatness – By Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Judges 6:12-16 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? But now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.”

Our present and past situations can atimes be so depressing that the future appears bleak and hopeless. We wake up in fright believing that the day is a painful continuation of the past. Hope is lost, prayer is forced and lamentation becomes our song.

God however tells us in Job 8:7
“Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” I decree therefore to your life that tomorrow shall be alright. Your today shall be better than your yesterday and this month shall be better than previous months.

In Psalms 126:1-3 “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

You must therefore not complain, or murmur like those who have no faith but have confidence in the ability of God to make things better for you. Hebrews 10:35-36
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
Confidence and patience are important virtues in the road to greatness but doing the will of God is paramount if you must receive the promise of greatness. Psalms 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

God expects you to work for your greatness hence the Bible says faith without works is dead (James2:20). In Proverbs 22:29
We are told “ Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” A man who can stand, not kneel or prostrate before kings is a great man and it requires hard work to achieve.

In the book of 1 Kings 11:28 “And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.” What do people see when they look at you? Do they see an enterprising, resourceful and creative person or they see a man constantly begging and complaining?

Proverbs 18:16 “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” Have you recognized your gift? What are you doing with it? Your greatness is tied to your gift.

In conclusion be reminded of Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

I pray that God’s mercy shall locate you, free you from every form of bondage and elevate you to a position of greatness in Jesus name, Amen.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
APICP RCCG Soul Winners Assembly Edo Province 2