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You are programmed to succeed - believe in your potential

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 30, 2023 | Matthew 13:31-32

KEY VERSE:

Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:32


MESSAGE:

A seed has the potential to become a forest if it is placed in the right environment. Adam was the seed God used to fill the earth; every human being originated through him. In God's wisdom, everything big starts with a seed that grows into the thing's future. In today’s passage, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed that is one of the smallest of all seeds yet can grow into a massive tree that soars over other trees and provides shelter for birds of the air.


The mustard seed upon seeing it, does not look impressive or even extraordinary. It appears very common and not deserving of any attention. You will easily ignore the mustard seed if you found it in your garden. Ironically, these seeds are the bird’s favourite as well and can easily be picked as food for the birds. I am sure the mustard seed would also probably bypass itself if it was looking for someone impressive to carry along.


Often, we also behave like the mustard seed. Some of us will not want to date ourselves, let alone marry ourselves, even if we have been looking forward to a relationship into marriage with the other partner. You probably would bypass yourself if you met yourself as a partner to get married to. Does the person you see in the mirror appeal to you? Would you date yourself if you met yourself? Probably not, because most of us do not believe in ourselves; we either do not know who we are or do not understand what we are made of and made for. But I have good news for you.


HANDS AND FEET OF THE MESSAGE

GOD created you and placed all you needed to prosper inside you, just like the mustard seed. You are not an afterthought. You are a whole package designed by God with fully mature potential and resources to succeed in this life. Like a mobile phone manufacturer who tests all of the phone's functions to ensure they work perfectly before boxing and shipping it to the user, God tested and programmed you to ensure you are fully functional and can achieve the purpose for which He created you. He placed His seed inside you when you became born again. In 1 John 3:9, we read that everyone born of God has the seed of God in them, meaning that He has programmed you to become a fully grown tree to provide shelter for many. He nurtures that seed by the Holy Spirit and the Word and watches over it until it is mature. So, believe in yourself, you cannot fail.


PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for saving me and placing your seed in me. Help me to grow and become more like you. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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