Greater Things Are Yet to Come

The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it.” John 14:12-13, The Message

Greater things in 2017


Jesus promised that greater things are coming in and through those who trust Him. These greater things are not accomplished apart from Jesus. If we work along the lines of who Jesus is, we will experience things that are beyond the sphere of our intellectual abilities. This is where faith is at its best – believing in the unseen through God’s promises. What are those greater things that we have been hoping for in our personal lives and in our ministry? Keep in mind that God’s ways are not our ways so think beyond what’s normal in our everyday lives. God’s ways are not subject to our natural circumstances. So we believe that greater things are yet to come in 2017.

Doing His works

At one of FHL Food Pantries

Hunger does not discriminate

Each of us will do the works that Jesus did — actually, we will do what Jesus is doing, right now. Faith and works are joined together. Work alone does not produce life in us but together with faith, we work alongside God as He interacts in our lives. His works are practical things, things that we can translate into actions. In Luke 9:13 Jesus asked His disciples to do a practical thing, “You feed them.” Later, the disciples found themselves doing practical things with God’s power. God has given us access to the resources of heaven. He has enabled us to do such works as He has done. Planning is good but there’s no substitute for joining what God is doing. This is the reason why we can expect to see and to experience miracles, signs and wonders – we are doing His works.

What should we ask of Him for 2017?

Jesus said that He would do “whatever we ask in His name”. In prayer, ask Him to do mighty things in 2017 – things in step with the Spirit. Let’s challenge ourselves by anticipating greater things will come as we continue to keep our eyes on Jesus. Jesus said that we will do greater things in order for us to do His works. Think and plan beyond our intellect since He is beyond the sphere of our logical minds. He is and will do miraculous things in our lives and through our lives. Dream big, imagine practical things with heaven’s perspective then go for it. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Think and expect greater things in 2017.


About Merlin

Through God’s inspiration to unify the Body of Christ, Merlin Gonzales developed the concept of ”Mission Trips in Your Own Backyard” and implemented this concept through Faith, Hope and Love Week as a yearly volunteer mobilization and leadership training tool. Merlin Gonzales is the Founder and President of FHL International Inc. His passion to disciple and to bring the love of God to local communities through acts of kindness began Faith, Hope and Love Community, Inc. in 2005. He has honed his leadership skills working as an accountant, as a corporate recruiter, and as a business owner. He is currently a co-host for Wish TV 8′s ”Religion In The News” program while serving as a guest speaker and church consultant. His focus is on helping pastors to reach out to their communities to raise and train leaders. Merlin is also an Author; his first book, "The Kingdom in Our Midst" was released on Dec. 6, 2012. In Nov. 2013, Merlin officially launched the concept of "Food Pantry Incubation", a well-developed experiential training to start and establish neighborhood food pantries. Merlin Gonzales was born in the Philippines and now lives with his wife, Annie, in Noblesville, IN. He has two children, Andrew and Kayla.
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