Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Enlarge your tents"

In the last several months, God has been whispering into my spirit, "Enlarge your tents" (NIV).  I feel such hope and promise of blessing, even though I am overwhelmed in the midst of it. :)  Here is what God is speaking to my spirit... 

“Sing, O childless woman,
    you who have never given birth!
Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem,
    you who have never been in labor.
For the desolate woman now has more children
    than the woman who lives with her husband,”
    says the Lord.
“Enlarge your house; build an addition.
    Spread out your home, and spare no expense!
For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
    Your descendants will occupy other nations
    and resettle the ruined cities. 

(Isaiah 54:1-3, NLT)

I see so many believers living under very small tents, surrounded by desert lands, or barrenness.  God sees our hearts and understands the vastness of our pain, our dusty fields of barren land that we cover up and keep hidden from the outside world, but they lay bare before the eyes of God.  God looks upon us with hearts of compassion and everlasting love!  He longs to pour His abundant life into our meagre tents and rain His grace on our barren lands to bring forth a bountiful harvest in His Spirit!!!  

He says, "My children are blessed and highly favoured!!"  He says, "Enlarge your tents!!  Stretch your curtains wide!!  Open your heart and your arms, hold nothing back!!  Lengthen your cords, prepare for more of My blessing!! As your cords stretch wider, your stakes go deeper, being rooted and grounded in love, all of your trust in Me!!" (some paraphrase, some NIV)

What does it mean to be blessed in the Lord?  Have you tasted the eternal life of God our Father, handed down to those who believe?  Have you eaten at His table and tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord?  1 Tim 6:13 (and somewhere in Jeremiah I can't presently find!) says God gives life to everything.  If you sow into the life of the Spirit, it is a spiritual principle that you will reap a harvest.  A harvest of what?  of more life in the Spirit!! :)  This is what the Scriptures mean when they say, For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. (Matt 13:12)

Where are your fields of barrenness?  Is God asking you to enlarge your tent/house?  Are you sowing into the life of the Spirit in order to reap an abundant harvest of more life, more of Him, more of His Presence and glory to bear witness to the world around you? 

May God enlarge our tents and fill us with more of Himself that He might be seen and known and glorified in the world around us!!! 

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