“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes.” Isaiah 54:2 (KJV)
It’s hard to sing when things are not going well with you, but that’s just what the prophet Isaiah prescribes specifically for those of us that may be going through tough times. He calls for the barren, the ones seemingly producing no fruit; to praise the Lord and prepare to be blessed by enlarging their tents and making room for prosperity to move in.
Many of us lay in wait for God to do something miraculous, giving way to frustration and oppression when nothing seems to be happening. How do we enlarge our tents? What steps do we take to prepare to be blessed when our mindset has been stymied with doubt and unbelief? Lord can you show me somebody this has worked for already? Make it believable for me in my life!
You need look no further than right where you are; the local fellowship, the church where God has placed you. The prophet Isaiah gives several instructions in our selected verse for today. Let’s focus on the instruction number two; “…let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations…” Who is them? You have to read all the way back to the beginning of chapter fifty-three to find the answer.
“Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm (power) of the Lord revealed?”
You must be submitted to your prophet of God in your local fellowship through whom the power of God has been revealed. Then you must decide to let your prophet raise your level of thinking; expanding your mind and taking the limits off God. How big can you imagine? Believe in the Lord and you will be established. Believe his prophet and you will prosper.
“Them” also includes fellow believers through whom the power of the Lord has been revealed. That’s why it’s so important to go to church and fellowship with the saints. God wants us to see people besides “pastor” who have worked the principles; who have been down and God raised them up. We have spent enough time listening to people on the same level (or worse) than we are. How about listening to those who have “been there” and “done that”? I guarantee you this, you’ll never come in contact with “them” at home.
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