According to the Measure of Your Faith

Anneta Pinto

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased (2 Kings 4: 3,6).

Elijah once performed the supernatural miracle of provision, for the widow who came to ask him for help to pay her debt. The widow was the wife of a prophet who once served Elijah and now that he was dead, debtors threatened to take her sons as slaves for payment. Elijah asked the woman what she had in her house and her response was, “nothing except a flask of oil” (2 Kings 4:2).

Elijah started with what she had in her house and used this to demonstrate God’s ability, to take what we have and to multiply it according to our faith. His instruction to her was to collect as many empty vessels as she could find and she needed to get more than a few. Supernaturally the flask of oil kept pouring until the last vessel was full.

It was at this time, that the widow asked her son for another vessel, but they had used all the vessels that they gathered. As soon as he announced that there were no more vessels, the oil stopped flowing. This is a great miracle of God’s provision and now the widow could sell the oil to pay her debt and provide for her and her sons.

I imagine that when the last bottle was full, the widow may have wished that they had collected even more bottles, because then the oil would continue to flow to fill whatever they had gathered. The number of bottles that she gathered represented the measure of her faith and for however much she could imagine, that is what God provided for her.

We have to set the bar much higher and stretch our faith, in order to be able to receive more from God. What do you have in your house that you call nothing? God can multiply it, to bring you significant increase according to your faith. Use the word to build up and increase your faith and then expect God to give you the supernatural increase.


Published by Anneta Pinto-Young

I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.

Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.

I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.

I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
View all posts by Anneta Pinto-Young

September 3, 2022September 3, 2022

Post navigation

Republished on Crossmap with permission from Anneta Pinto.

Related Blogs