Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood-Isaiah 54:2
A few days ago, a friend and I were discussing his move to a certain controversial church and he was explaining how he has been attacked by people for going to that church. He explained that his relationship with God has become deeper since attending that church and he now hears the voice of the Holy Spirit so clearly in his life like never before. We went further to discuss how at times people become stagnant and stop growing in life or in their walk with God because they have outgrown a place. Paul clearly states that we move from glory to glory “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”-2 Corinthians 3: 18. I truly believe that in order for us to move to the next level of glory in our lives, at times that involves change, change in every area of our lives. God in Genesis 12 said to Abraham “……go to a land I will show you….” In order for Abraham to move to his next level of glory which was not only to father Isaac but to become the father of nations, he had to change some things in his life, he had to move. I believe we are in a time where God is challenging us to move to the next level of glory particularly in the area of our callings and we can achieve this by enlarging our territory, stretching ourselves, lengthen our cords, strengthening our inner man and not being afraid of what people say. Enlarge, it’s time to give more time and attention and invest into the things that God has called us to be or to do whatever that may be. Stretch, it’s time to widen ourselves by becoming resourceful, reading books, increasing our knowledge of our chosen fields/callings. Lengthen, it’s time to make longer the vision of God for our lives ie where you thought it was just for five years think beyond that, think in terms of eternity. Strengthen, it’s time to strengthen the inner man no matter what circumstances we face. Lastly don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid of what people say, it’s always between you and God never with them so go on enlarge, stretch, lengthen, strengthen and don’t be afraid.