Isaiah 54:2-6 “Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family. You’re going to take over whole nations; you’re going to resettle abandoned cities. Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed. Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short. You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth, and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory. For your Maker is your bridegroom, his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel, known as God of the whole earth. You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief, and God welcomed you back, Like a woman married young and then left,” says your God.
This reminded me that I serve a BIG God who has BIG things planned for me. What he dropped in my spirit this morning was this; I think too small. What I’m believing for will not accommodate the plans God has for my future. I thought I was thinking big! I mean, Lord, we’ve had this conversation before and I DID enlarge my vision. It’s way out there, isn’t that big enough? Evidently not. If your vision doesn’t measure up to Gods vision, it’s time to upgrade your vision. Gods plans will never be something you can do by yourself. If He shows you something you measure ‘impossible’ take a deep breath because He’s going to show you how to ‘clear the land’ and ‘gather the supplies’ so that building may begin. Don’t shake your head an walk away because you don’t feel qualified. God qualifies who he chooses and trust me when I say this, he just loves to use those with no building experience to oversee the largest construction projects. Why you ask? Because He will get the glory, not you.
Perhaps God has asked you to lay hands on someone who needs healing but you’re not a ‘pastor’. You’re qualified through the blood of Jesus to lay hands on the sick and they WILL recover. Maybe God asked you to give $1000 and you don’t have it, perhaps he’ll provide an extra $100 a months for 10 months, he’s simply waiting for you to commit to his plan. How about committing to pray every morning for your pastors because of what God has instructed them to do? Thats big for some folk, especially if mornings are not your coherent time of day. I think you see where I’m going here, don’t you. Each of us are asking for God to use us in some way so don’t balk at the request. If God asked you, he will show you what to do and give you the faith and resources to do it.
When God gave Noah instructions to build and ark, it had never rained. It took him years to complete it, but rain it did and who remained safe in the ark? The man and his family who obeyed Gods plan. I may not quite get what God wants from me, but I’m willing to put my faith out on a limb to believe for it. I will begin to clear the land by interceding for those in my city, my neighborhoods, binding principalities and every evil spirit that would hold back the plans of God. Thats what we’ve been doing at our church for years now, clearing the land, making room for God to bring His Kingdom plans to our part of the nation.
I just don’t want to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, I want to be Gods ‘go-to’ woman, who listens to his voice and proclaims his plans to the atmosphere. I want to move when he says move, stay when he says stay, be what he needs me to be in these final days before he returns. I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful daughter, enter into the joy of the Lord. Task complete!” Obedience requires sacrifice, what are you willing to give up for Him?