The Power of One

I have to admit, for a long time, I avoided my blog like crazy. I didn’t want to write. I didn’t want to read. I didn’t want to do anything.

Honestly… I’m just tired!

But thank God for wise counsel! When you’re reeling in your own doubt and insecurity, there’s nothing like another believer coming along and helping you see things more clearly.

And let’s be real… these days we need more of that than ever before.

The Flesh Lies

We are called to a mighty purpose, we believers. We are heirs of God. Joint heirs with Christ Jesus. Ambassadors in this world. I’ve discussed the idea of Ambassador before, and all you have to do is look up the definition of the word to see what it really means.

We might “live” on this earth, but our job description is that of an Ambassador. And some days, that is an empowering thought. Other days, we are crushed under the weight of that “not worthy” feeling.

But see, we are worthy.

As joint-heirs with Jesus, we are certainly worthy! And if we remain faithful to Him, not giving ourselves over again to sin and the lusts of the flesh (which can be numerous these days), we can claim that until His return.

There Isn’t Always Power in Numbers

We’ve heard that old saying, there’s power in numbers, and oftentimes, that’s true. Even the Bible talks about two being better than one, but even that isn’t considered “numerous.”

That led me to think about how many times a single “one” was chosen “for such a time as this.”

Just think about it.

The Widow Woman

Just think for a moment about the widow in Zarephath. I’m sure she wasn’t the only widow in the country. But she was the ONE to whom God sent Elijah. She went from planning a “last meal” for herself and her son, to watching her oil and meal STAY for two years!

Read about that in 1 Kings 17.

Daniel

Or Daniel. He was the ONE that did NOT obey the evil command that the King was tricked into signing. The law said, no one could ask anything from anyone but the king, and Daniel chose, instead, to obey God, rather than man.

You can read that in detail in Daniel 6.

Esther

Or Esther. Thanks to one jealous, evil advisor, the king was set to destroy an entire line of people – the Jews. Esther had been placed in the palace “for such a time as this,” but it was STILL “illegal” to enter into the king’s court without being called. But she was the ONE who risked it all, obeying God rather than man.

You can read her gripping story in the book of Esther.

Naaman

What about Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria? Do you think he was the only leper in Syria at that time? Yet he was the ONE that wound up in front of Elisha’s house and was given the answer for his dreaded state. And he was the ONE who came up out of the Jordan with fresh, child-like skin, healed and whole.

His story is found in 2 Kings chapter 5.

It Only Takes ONE

These are just a few examples of how just ONE can change EVERYTHING.

So the next time you feel called to do something amazing… whether you realize it’s going to be amazing or not… then prayerfully consider it. It could be that you are the ONE that will bring a huge change! In your family, your workplace, your community, your church… the list goes on! Don’t let the idea that it takes a great many to accomplish a great task.

That’s just not Biblical.

17 Comments

  1. Yes, the power of one & “just one can change everything”. Someone is quoted as saying “be the change you want to see”.

    A great man of God wrote in his book years ago concerning revival (and the power of one):

    “Draw a circle on the ground. Step into the circle. When there is revival in that circle you will have revival.”

    It all starts with one. Who will be the one? Who will go down the road of brokenness and die out to the degree God demands to make it happen?

    No doubt He is looking. He is looking for one.

    Great post!

    1. Author

      I just love that… “When there is revival in that circle you will have revival.” Isn’t that the truth?! Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I will ponder them a great while! Thank you!

    2. Was that book called “The Circle Maker” by Matt Batterson, if you don’t mind me asking? A great book.

      1. I’m not sure. I believe it was a book about prayer & the author just made the comment in passing. I’ll check my bookcase to see if I can recall which book it was. Thanks for asking. 🙂

        1. Author

          I look forward to finding out about this book. I’ll have to add it to my own personal library!

          1. Found it. Wow. “To have revival, draw a circle and get inside that circle. Pray and seek God until there is revival inside that circle. If everyone in a church will do that, revival will come to that group of people”. Pg. 11

            ‘Revive Us Again’ by Denzil Holman

            It starts with one. Blessings.

          2. Author

            Thank you! I’m going to be looking for this in just a little bit!

        2. Don’t go to any trouble just for me. I was just just wondering. Sounds like that book! It was a powerful book if you’ve never read it.

          1. Okay. I did find it & sent the info. to Sis. Wells. It looks like it may be out of print as no results are coming up in Google.

          2. Author

            You know, I have found that all the best books are out of print, lol!! We have to write somebody or something 🙂

  2. Stacey! Now, I know what Debbie just experienced after reading a post! Girl this just amazed me and left me in tears by the end!
    I am seriously crying like a baby here! 😭 Oh, the power of revival, if just ONE will surrender! I think of the great revival of the Spirit in Wales in the early 1900’s. It took ONE person who was hungry enough to pray until she saw revival come to her end of the world. God most times uses that ONE who doesn’t feel they are worthy enough. I love this! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    1. Author

      Renee, I am just THRILLED that this spoke to you! Yes, I LOVE the story of the Wales revival!! You know, if I’m remembering correctly, during that time of revival, they had to shut down the taverns, because no one would go there anymore, and even had to shut down the jails, because there was no lawlessness for a time. It amazes me what God can do when obedience is stirred into everyday life <3 I wouldn't trade this life for anything!! Love you!

      1. I think that is correct, Stacey! Can you imagine the world we’re living in getting to that place? We sure would have revival then!

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