Make No Small Plans Here

Nathan, you are thinking too small…

IF you gave me a dollar every time Pastor Peter told me this, I would be rich. For the past 18 years, I have worked with Pastor Peter, driving him to meetings, as a mission’s coordinator, as a business administrator of Grace TV and now as lead pastor of the Toronto International Celebration Church. Throughout that time, Pastor Peter has knowingly, or unknowingly, instilled in me this idea… have confidence to think and act bigger.

I first met Pastor Peter the day I was hired to be his assistant and drive him to meetings. I had just completed 2 years of his Bible College, but I was too shy to even say, “Hi”. As I timidly made my way into his office, I noticed a sign that hung over the entrance, MAKE NO SMALL PLANS HERE. His first words were, “spend some time with me Nathan, and you may learn some confidence.” I suppose my lack thereof was painfully evident.

Confidence was not immediately learned. About 14 years later, when Pastor Peter had health setbacks and I was with him in the hospital, he asked me to preach at the Toronto International Celebration Church for a month, I literally fainted. I was overwhelmed in front of the doctors and nurses and Taina standing there. You could say I had a supernatural fear. Confidence has been a learning curve.

Today I am glad to say that, I preach regularly, and I love it. However, I can’t say that I am more “spiritually minded” than I was when I fainted. I had a strong desire to serve the Lord since the age of 16 when I encountered the Holy Spirit in a special way. However, I still fainted at the age of 32 at the prospect of preaching.

Perhaps the biggest change in my life is simply an acquired boldness and confidence. The Scriptures tell us, “Do not cast away your confidence” (Hebrews 10:35). The first personality change listed of those filled with the Spirit in Acts 2 was… BOLDNESS.

Sadly, like me, I think some very genuine believers are hoping or praying that God will move in an area of their life. Could it be, that God is saying, have confidence and step out in the power of Christ we already have! In other words, don’t limit your thinking… think bigger… act bigger!

The Apostles prayed for boldness. (Acts 4:29) It would seem that they knew they were already anointed. Still boldness and confidence to step out in faith activated the power they already had in Christ.

Pastor Peter once told me there is a reason God uses him to conduct massive overseas Gospel Festivals, where up to 600,000 at one time gather. It isn’t because he is extra anointed or special. It is simply he is bold enough to attempt what others won’t.

Prayer is a must, and we should pray for others. However, should we pray for what God has already given us?

Consider this:

The moment you received Christ, the Scriptures tell us you became a “joint heir with Christ”, God’s own son, (Romans 8:17). An heir is defined as a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person’s death. You are legally entitled to all the rank and property of Jesus Himself… power… health… anointing… prosperity… love nature… shall we go on?!

Could it be that we just think too small?

Do we lack the confidence to think and act on what we already have in Christ? God’s dreams for your life is MUCH BIGGER than your own dream… “immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine…” Let us never forget how God works those dreams out in our lives… “according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20) There is immeasurably more power WITHIN YOU than you ever dreamt. I include myself in the prayer, “God give us the boldness to simply step out in the power you have already given!”

May we never think too small!