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It's Bigger Than YouBut Just Right For God!
By Mattie Burnett Bobo
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Mattie Burnett Bobo
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Chapter OneThe Seed Is Planted
This is a year of victory for Mattie Bobo. Today is the beginning of a great thing and a great year, so praise God. This book's name is It Is Bigger than You, but Just Right for God.
I want to share that at the age of eleven, we had a revival, and I went down for salvation. At that time Jesus was not taught. When you joined church, you believed in God; that's what you did. So at that time, I went down and gave my heart to God. I didn't understand the true meaning of the word. But truly in my heart I felt the need to go and join church.
I was fourteen years old, and my brother was in the military. His name is Willie. He came home on a leave, and he brought a television that I could watch. He told my mom, "Mattie is special. She's not doing anything bad, and I think we should just do something for her." So he brought the television. See, God had a plan. As Willie brought the television, I looked at it, and at that time I started watching Oral Roberts. I didn't realize that seed that God had planted in my life to want to know more about Him. Praise God!
I didn't have anybody to really motivate me, because in those days people just went to church and went according to their emotions, or how they felt. But God had planted a seed in me, that I should trust Him and that He was the healer and that He was the deliverer. And at that time He was telling me, "Mattie, life is bigger than you." But I didn't realize it, because He had a plan. Even looking back to the Garden of Eden, everything has always been bigger than man, and that's why man has failed so much. They try to fit God in their situation, instead of letting God fit them in. I praise God for His word.
It's bigger than you!
I want to say to you today, why struggle with all the problems and situations, because it's bigger than you? I remember being a little girl at three-and-a-half years old. You may ask, "How do you remember that?" You see, we serve an awesome God, who knows dates, time, and years. He is smarter than we are. I remember at that age that someone told me that disobedient children's days would be cut short (Eph. 6:2, 3). I remember even today at the age of sixty-five. So, as I grew up, there was no hesitation whether or not I was going to obey my parents, because I knew that I wanted to live a long time. I didn't want to be a bad little girl. I wanted to grow up, so my mom could be proud of me. I always thought that if my mom was happy, everything would be just wonderful. I always wanted her to be happy when I was a little girl. She always told me there was something special about me, and I didn't understand, but God had a plan. Even at this moment as I write this book and make these steps, God had a plan greater than my plan could ever be, even from the time I was a little girl. Remember, Jeremiah says, "Before I formed you, I knew you, and before you came forth out of your mother's womb, I sanctified you and set you apart ..." (Jer. 1:5). I didn't understand at that time.
When I was seven years old, I went to bed one night, and I woke up soooo sick. My parents thought I just didn't want to go to school, but I was sooo sick. So they eventually took me to the doctor, and the doctor said it was appendicitis, but the medicine he gave me made me sicker and sicker. I remember telling my mother I couldn't take the medicine anymore, that it was not helping me. I went to bed as a little child, not knowing really who Jesus was, but He knew me and He loved me, because He knew me before I entered into my mother's womb. So that day when I went to bed I was so sick, and as I laid in the bed, Jesus came down to my bed, and I looked up at Him and asked Him if He had come for me. He said, "No, but I will be back." When I woke up, I was totally healed. I never had another attack of appendicitis. I knew God had a plan for my life, but I didn't know how big a plan it was. I really didn't. Everything was so much bigger than me. I was always trying to fix things myself. I worship God today, because He is truly bigger than me. It's so much bigger than you, brothers and sisters. That struggle you're trying to fix is bigger than you. It's bigger than you. It's bigger than you. It's bigger than you.
As I grew up and attended school, I remember having to work hard. I remember having to chop cotton for ten hours to make $3 . I remember the sun would be so hot, but I wanted to work hard so my mother could have some money. But God was looking at my heart. I loved my little sister Shirley and my little brother Billie. I spent all the money I made on them. I wanted them to be happy, and I was happy to share what I had with them. I always wanted to help. I never would get mad and say bad things. Sometimes you have people who do and say mean things, and I used to wonder why I couldn't. I couldn't be that way and love people. God had a plan for my life, and it was bigger than me.
When I attended high school, the principal was strict. I remember my oldest brother living with me, and I wanted to look cute like all the other girls. I had to wear cotton stockings. I could not wear socks. But even then God was looking out for me, because most of those young girls who wore socks died at an early age, because they wouldn't obey their parents. I thank God for His love and compassion that He placed inside of me. Many people don't know, but yes, I have been hurt by many, but it never stopped me from loving. Even in the ministry growing up in church, not just in my ministry but in other ministries, I have always had compassion for people. I never wanted to be in front. Being in the back was fine with me. Following someone leading me in the right direction was fine with me. Being a leader with love is something I sought after. Trusting God has always been my desire. I wanted to serve and worship God. I don't understand why He chose me. I really don't. I was not perfect. I may have never taken drugs or drank alcohol, and I never ran the streets, but I was not perfect. I was just a country girl growing up knowing nothing but loving God. I didn't really know the word, but I knew I had a burning in my heart for God.
I remember when I was twelve years old; this man who was an overseer over us said there wasn't a God. I was a child and couldn't really defend myself with this grown man, but to me it stabbed my heart, because I knew what God had done for me at seven years old. I knew He had taken care of me. I didn't know the word at that time, but I knew that God brought me through. He used to make fun of God, and it was just like a stabbing in my heart. Then I grew up, and I was always the one my mother would call on to do things, and it would hurt sometimes because I always had to do it. My mom later told me she knew she could trust me. As a child, you think you're the one who's always being called to do things. Even in the church, someone was always asking me to do something. It was because they could depend on me. Remember, before you were even thought of, God knew you. Before you came forth out of your mother's womb, He sanctified you and set you apart (Jer. 1:5). I didn't know and neither did I understand that.
As I grew older, God was still good to me. I used to watch Oral Roberts and see the people getting healed. It was like a burning of what I wanted to do. I wanted to be able to pray for the sick and see them healed. That is all I ever wanted to do. I could tell the people that Jesus loved them. I knew God had placed something in me that was bigger than me-much bigger than me. This little country girl desired to be used by God, not so that I could be popular, not so that everybody would love me, because everybody not going to love you, but so that I could do something that would please God. I didn't know that the plan was so much bigger than me. The kids would talk about me always being in the house, but God had a plan. I remember Catherine Kuhlman. I used to sit and just watch her, and she would say, "I believe in miracles." It was like a burning in my heart. I didn't understand it. I know now that God was calling me. I didn't understand it then. I remember my sister, Teal, who is deceased, would get beautiful dresses from my oldest sister, and she would look so beautiful, but she was never happy. I thought to myself, If only I had those beautiful things she is getting. But I found out it's not in things. My sister Teal died at an early age not being happy, not being content at anything. But God still had a plan for my life.
When I came to California to live with my sister Benny, it was hard. But God's plan was bigger than me. It is God who is writing this book, and it is He who is girding me with strength and making my ways perfect (Prov. 18:10). He is my present help in the time of trouble (Ps. 46:1). He meets all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He made me to sit in heavenly places with Him far above principalities and rulers of darkness (Eph. 2:6). And He who has begun a good work in me shall complete it (Phil. 1:6).
I met my husband after being in California for two years. I was nineteen years old. I met him in June, and I married him in December. I know that was God's plan, even with all the struggles and strife and troubles I went through. God knew that I could stand. I didn't know I could stand, but God knew. Some of you out there now don't see how you will make it another day, another hour, or even another moment, but God wants you to know that He loves you. That situation that you are trying to handle is so much bigger than you. It's so much bigger. If you can picture a drop of salt dropped in the middle of the ocean; that's just how small we are, and that's how big God is. And the assignment He's given to you is so much bigger than you. God will get all the glory. Remember Gideon when he had thirty thousand men, and God kept telling him to lower it down to three hundred, because He wanted the glory. He was not going to share His glory with Gideon or anyone else (Judg. 7:2-6).
As I said, when I came to California, I lived with my sister. I got a job and all of that. As I grew up, not really knowing who God was, I then got saved and met my husband, and we got married. In that first year of marriage, my oldest son, Felix, was born, and then my husband suggested that I go to a school of cosmetology. I didn't realize at that time that everything was still bigger than me. I was still trying to prove my love to my husband, and the enemy had tried to fit in and do so many different things. I would like to say to people who are married, marriage is bigger than you. Most of us, when we get married, think it's a sexual desire fulfilled, or whatever we have painted it to be, but marriage is bigger than you. You will never be able to just get married and be content, because the enemy wants to keep marriages from working because marriage is an assignment from God. But He made it bigger than us, because He needs us to rely on Him and trust Him. So, as I went to cosmetology school, my second son, Jeffrey, was born. And I still didn't realize life and marriage was bigger than me. I was still trying to make it work, still trying to make it work. But God still had a plan. Aren't you glad that God is patient? Because the Word says that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isa. 40:30). What the word is saying is to trust in the Lord.
So I know God has a plan for you, just like He has a plan for me. You decide that you're going to make it. You make a decision that God plan is bigger than your plan. Jeremiah 29:11 (TLB) says, "I know the plan that I have for you ..." I remember one day I was cleaning up my room, and the guest room, and I was throwing away some things, because my sons had married and moved out. You see, when you're struggling and it seems like nothing you do is working, you try to love and care and do whatever you can for people, and it seems it's just not enough, and at that time I ran across this card with a Scripture on it, Jeremiah 29:11. So I realized I'd better go with God's plan. I didn't understand it. Some days it felt like I wasn't going to make it, but as I look back over my life and think things over, God has been good to me.
Because of going through the marriage when my husband wasn't saved for ten years, I know God is awesome. He has a greater plan than we could ever have. You may be going through an abusive situation, but I can tell you today, if you seek the face of God, trust in Him with your whole heart, don't lean on your own understanding, and in your ways acknowledge Him, He will direct your path (Prov. 3:46). It may not seem easy at that moment, but I am here to tell you that it is bigger than you. You can't make it work. You have to let God handle it. You have to trust in Him and depend upon Him, no matter what it looks like.
The storm can be raging today. Your children may be on drugs, or your husband may tell you he has another woman and he is never coming back, but God says, "Trust in Me with all your heart." You may have already gone through a divorce, and you don't know what to do. I'll tell you this one thing: I haven't tried a lot of things, but I've tried God, and He has always brought me through, no matter what it looked like or how it felt. It doesn't matter if the sun is shining or the storm is raging; that is the reason James said to count it all joy when your faith is tested (James 1:2). The devil doesn't care anything about you; he is after your faith. That's why the Bible says to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). That's the only fight we have to fight-the good fight of faith. That means we have to trust God, no matter what, no matter what the enemy is telling you. That's why the word says, "fret not yourself over evildoers." Your neighbors may seem to be doing very well, but they don't trust God or serve God, but they have a new car every two years. But you don't know what they're going through. Fret not yourself over people who seem to be doing good. Trust God with all your heart. You may not see the way, you may not understand it, but trust Him with your whole heart. You can say, "Lord I don't understand this. This flesh doesn't feel too good at the moment, but Lord I will take You at Your word." Be like the disciples when they said, "Oh Lord, help thou our unbelief ..." (Mark 9:24). Lord, help me to trust You even when I don't think I can.
See, God has invested something in us that is greater than us. He knows how much we can take; He knows how much we can stand. Remember Job? He didn't care how bad it got, he still trusted God (Job 13:15). There were times I wanted to say, "Why do I have to go through all of this? Why does this have to be this way?" I wanted to say, "Lord, forget it." But I realized it was bigger than me. He gave the message, even then, that it was bigger than me. I didn't know how deep it was until I began to look and see. It's bigger than you. It's bigger than you. Mother, it's bigger than you. You're getting older. You can't keep worrying about your children. It's bigger than you. It's bigger than you. In Acts it says, "If you believe on the Lord God, He will save your household ..." (Acts 16:31 TLB). It's bigger than you. It's bigger than you.
Young woman, you're trying to raise those children without a daddy, because you thought he loved you, and now it seems so hard. It's bigger than you. It's bigger than you. Don't beat yourself up. Just begin to cry out to God, "Lord, help me to trust You. Teach me Your ways. You said You're a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Ps. 119:105). I need You to direct me." He will direct. I am a living witness to His direction. He will direct you. He will make a way for you in all your ways. It doesn't matter what it seems like. It really doesn't. It doesn't matter what people think or say. God says, "If I am for you I am more than the whole world against you ..." (Rom. 8:31). So all you have to do is depend on God. Just ask Him to help you.
When I was growing up, I didn't know a lot of Scriptures. Sometimes I would just sit and cry-not sad tears, but there was something bigger than me, and I didn't understand it. It's almost like when a woman is pregnant. You know there's something growing inside of you, and when it gets too big, you want it to come, but it's not moving until it is time. That's the way it is with God. When He impregnates you with something bigger than you, you want to know why you were given that assignment. It's bigger than you. If you keep trusting God, one day you will give birth, just like with that baby. You are so proud that you forget about the agony. You will forget about the disappointments, trials, and tribulations you went through. You forget the sleepless nights. You forget about the time when you couldn't rest well, when your husband was sleeping and you were walking the floor. You forget all about that when you look at that beautiful baby boy or girl that you have given birth to. God allowed something that's special and precious to grow inside of you. That is the same thing with this assignment that God has for your life. When you look at people being healed and delivered and set free, when you look at chains that have fallen off of people and you can see in the spirit that they are free, and when you see homosexuals and lesbians coming to the altar and falling down, saying, "What must I do to be saved?" it will be worth the pain that you bore. It will be worth it all, because God's plan is greater than ours. It's more than we could ever think, because God has a plan. He said in His word that all He ever wanted was to be your God, and you to be His people (Rev. 21:3). That's all He ever wanted.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Seed Is Planted....................3
Chapter 2 A Journey Begins....................23
Chapter 3 Don't Give Up....................45
Chapter 4 Praise Will Take You Through....................61
Chapter 5 A Time To Trust....................75
Chapter 6 In the Fullness of Time....................89