Enlarge Your Borders

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. [Isa 54:2]

As we reflect on what God would have us do as we look to the future, we need to believe God to enlarge and expand our horizons. The word “enlarge” as used in Isa 54:2 means “to grow large, to go beyond, to make more room, to increase capacity; to breakthrough; to expand, go further, occupy new territories, think big, without boundaries”. God wants us to increase our capacity so we can receive his ever-increasing flow of blessing. Here are three keys to increase our capacity:

  1. PRAYER: Ask God to increase your capacityJabez cried [prayed] to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request [1 Chron 4:10]
  2. VISION: Begin to see the future as God sees itWe must stopping looking at life through our rear view mirror at successes or failures in the past. To believe God is to see things as he sees them -to grasp from deep within our spirits that he is the God of limitless possibilities.
  3. FAITH: Seeing things that are not as though they areIf we want God to enlarge our borders we will need to leave our comfort zone behind, so he can increase our capacity to believe and receive beyond our previous expectations. Faith increases our capacity to receive: stretch your thinking – do something you’ve never done – believe God for something you previously thought impossible.

A `Breakthrough’ is: a sudden burst of faith that will take you beyond all previous points of past resistance. A `breakthrough’ often comes when you give generously to a cause bigger than yourself: our capacity to receive is expanded when our capacity to give grows. We all want our lives to grow and increase, but growth can be uncomfortable, even painful. It stretches us and puts our faith to the test. But enlarging our tent – extending our reach for the kingdom of God is not a suggestion or option – it is a command! Let’s ask God to stretch us today as we begin a new journey toward the exciting things he has waiting for us!

Love in All Its Fullness

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned [Song of Songs 8:6-7]

The Song of Songs is one of the most beautiful books of the Bible. It uses rich poetic language and vivid imagery to depict the joy, beauty, and sacredness of love within marriage. But in the Song of Songs, God has given us more than a manual on marriage – he offers us a glimpse into his ultimate design for fullness of life – the deepest longing of every human heart for love in all its fullness. Read more

‘Living Under The Sun’ or ‘Living Under The Son’ ?

The Book of Ecclesiastes challenges us to consider changing our ‘residence’: moving from living ‘under the sun’ to living ‘under the SON’.

‘Living under the sun’ is epitomized with these words of the author, ‘ I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:14)

‘Living under the SON’ is explained with these words of the author, ‘That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Read more

Centered

The longer I walk with God, the more I want to emphasize the basics of following Jesus. Today, if we want to, we can attend all kinds of special conferences that emphasize particular areas – prophecy, apostolic ministry, spiritual gifts, intercession – all of which are valid expressions. But the more I hear about such things, the more I want to focus my attention on the essence of the basic Gospel. Read more

What if you could predict how your life will turn out?

Wow! Wouldn’t that be something!
It would revolutionise your life – your goals in life, choices, decisions, relationships, focus, attitude, etc., would all change dramatically!! Just imagine, you could better prepare yourself to take on life’s surprises, twists and turns…

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Secure Relationships

The minute we hear of the word ‘relationship’ we think of  a serious romantic process, something that many people aspire to have, or be in. When people refer to being in a relationship, they  are thinking in terms of a future together. Sadly, today not many relationships end up having a good future. Today people walk in and  out of relationships without  understanding the implication of a relationship. Such relationships leave many people wounded, children confused, society degraded and values disintegrating. Read more

One Step Out of My Box

‘…Until I entered the sanctuary of God. Then I saw the whole picture: ..’ – Psalm‬ ‭73:15-20‬ ‭MSG‬ 

This is easily one of my favourite psalms. It covers four basic elements:

  • Prosperity of the wicked.
  • Poverty of the righteous.
  • Presence of God.
  • Picture of God’s mission.

At the heart of this psalm is this one sentence. Read more

Set Free to Live Free

Exodus chapter 20 records the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. Author and theologian J. I. Packer compares the Ten Commandments to the maker’s handbook for a car. A car is a complicated piece of machinery, and the maker’s handbook tells you how to take care of your car properly so that you can get the most out of it. Read more

When Reality Differs From Dreams

Often, we find ourselves in life situations where the reality is so different from what we had thought, desired or planned for our lives. What does one do when life gets complicated? When things are messed up? Pray and surrender our complicated mess to Jesus. (Matt. 11:28-30) Ok. Then, what?

Here are a few vital principles that we need to constantly remember and incorporate into our day-to-day lives as we journey towards victory. Read more

A Devoted Mother

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate [Prov 31:30-31]

A teacher at school put this question to little Johnny in math class, Johnny, suppose your mother made a cherry pie, and there were ten of you at the table: your mother and father and eight children. How much of the pie would you get? Johnny answered: One-ninth. No, no, James. Thank again. There are ten of you in the home. Don’t you know your fractions? Yes, ma’am, he replied, I know my fractions, but I know my mother even better, and she’d say that she didn’t want any pie. All of us who have been blessed to know the love of a mother can remember her countless unselfish acts of devotion. Mothers are… Read more