I applaud those who kept going because you are in for a treat! There are gifts, visions, and dreams that God has placed inside of us that when you think about it, at least for me, makes my heart leap. However, those things will not happen automatically. We have to reach for it. Fight for it. Work for it. And yes…even STRETCH for it.
I want to challenge you to stretch with me. We have to get uncomfortable. It takes stepping outside our comfort zone to pull out all that God has placed inside of us. It hurts. When God is pulling me one direction I find myself pulling back in the opposite direction where its familiar. But then Our Heavenly Father gently nudges me forward and whispers that He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me. His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are not my ways. There is an abundance of blessing that He has and stretching is the only way we can grow and have the capacity to carry it all. You’ve come too far to settle now! So what is keeping you from stretching? Can you say right now that you are living your life by faith?
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2 NIV
There are three key points I want to encourage you with if you are in a season of stretching:
- PERSIST – Don’t stop and don’t resist your stretching! Just like a mother has to go her full term of 9 months to deliver a healthy baby, you have to keep stretching to COMPLETION to deliver the dreams and visions God has in store for you. So many people ABORT the blessing of God on their life simply because they gave up when it was inconvenient. So again, I encourage you to keep going and don’t give up! The reward is worth it all.
- PREPARE – Our ability to carry things and go to the next level starts in our minds. Your mind must shift from personal survival to global influence. The Holy Spirit is trying to teach us daily to see what He sees! There’s a difference between seeing NOTHING and seeing what is INFINITE. Our minds are limited but God is eternal and He can do more than we can count! Is your vision on zero or infinite? I encourage you to prepare your mind to expect what God expects.
- PURPOSE – It’s at stake. You are like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. As He stretches that bow back His mission is to hit a target right in the bull’s-eye. God is stretching you because He has a purpose for you! That target is something ONLY YOU can hit and it requires Him to pull back so that you can move forward. Ultimately, it’s not about you. Your stretching is about impact and influence. Are you willing to be stretched to any degree God wants to use you?
We get caught up in the momentary pain of being stretched that we lose sight on the bigger picture. God wants to REVEAL His plan for you, but only at the expense of your willingness to surrender your will. Be blessed! Be Revealed!