Sunday night at church, Pastor Nina preached from Isaiah 54. It was a fantastic message that re-affirmed what’s already very clearly in store for my 2016.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. (ESV)
While I don’t usually like referring to The Message translation, this time, I think it’s a good read.
“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.“
Exciting right !!! While I completely realise that this text speaks of what was going on at that time, I firmly believe that we can learn from this and apply it to our lives today. (as we can of all scripture)
On Sunday night, Pastor Nina used a fantastic (& very entertaining) illustration of having a children’s play tent on the stage, which she actually climbed into, showing how little room there is in there, how cramped and uncomfortable any length of time in there would be. To flipside of that though is that some people choose to stay in that tiny tent, seeing it as safe & secure. “I need not have any fear of God asking me to do anything big, because I simply don’t have the room to do it.” (Side note – Believe me, I completely get that stepping out is scary… you never know what God is going to ask of you (Jonah), but I can tell you right now, it’s so worth it.)
In contrast, a big comfy chair and a large tent covering a decent sized area was brought up on stage, showing how we can spread out, allow God to have the room to work in our lives, equip us for ALL that He has in store for us. It immediately took me back to the vision that God gave me a couple of years ago (I’m pretty sure I blogged about it). I was shown myself, wearing a VERY BIG, like CRAZY BIG fur coat (I assume it was faux, to be fair to all animal lovers out there.. I would never buy a fur coat.)
I was initially very confused by the vision and enquired of God what He was trying to tell me. I immediately got a response from Him, explaining that the coat was very big, in order for Him to fill it… with Blessings, with provisions, with skills, gifts & talents in order to equip me with everything I would need in order to do His work in His Kingdom for His glory !!
The ‘drive your tent pegs deep’ really spoke to me also. To not just have a surface commitment to the things of God, but to dive in deep, have solid foundations, set aside decent time. Once again, of course, I nearly ALWAYS find in any message that it points back to two things.
1. We need to have a close personal relationship with Our Heavenly Father, Jesus our Saviour & Redeemer, and The Holy Spirit.
2. Be actively studying His Word on a daily basis. Imagine it’s liquid in a big ole’ bucket and you wanna tip it over yourself in your quiet time each morning. :0)
Yes, I know I point these things out all the time, sorry for the repetition, but I really want that point to get across. If we’re doing these two things, we’re on a very good path with The Lord and all that He has in store for us.
What I learnt/was reminded of today – Being shown things in illustrative form is often a very effective way to teach a biblical truth, or be reminded of a truth that maybe you’re not submerged yourself in of late.
What scripture verse am I soaking in today? The one above, Isaiah 54:2-3.
Blessings Peeps !! xox