Stretch

As I prepare myself for this year, I glance back at 2018 and realize that many people have also experienced the same thing. The enemy has been harassing, almost like what the Apostle Paul encountered. In 2 Corinthians 12 the Apostle Paul described the enemy’s attack like a “thorn in the flesh” trying to get him to shrink back and lessen his territory and impact. As I have been fasting these past two weeks, I believe that one of the prominent Words the Lord is speaking into 2019 is Isaiah 54:2. This year God will break through the boundaries that we have been experiencing! 

This year will be a season to stretch our faith for more. More of God in our lives causing us to take more territory for His Kingdom. This year like never before I believe that God is wanting to reinvent our lives, wanting to expand our tent pegs beyond our limitations. I believe that God is wanting to do a “new thing”, that we really don’t have a paradigm for. We must not settle for comfort, but we must push forward for the greater.

God is always challenging us to grow but this year He is calling us to ENLARGE our territory and sphere of influences. Go for it, that BIG DREAM that is in your heart. I ask, what do you have to lose? God is saying, “ENLARGE, STRETCH, LENGTHEN, STRENGTHEN, DO NOT HOLD BACK!” In other words, GO FOR IT!! Grab your tent peg, rip it out of the ground of comfort and stretch to a place that seems impossible. In Psalm 42:7 God says that, “Deep is calling unto deep.” But before we can STRETCH or lengthen there must first be an enlargement. An enlargement of God in our lives, an enlargement of vision, an enlargement of His heart in us.

God is saying, “It’s a new season that I am calling forth the deep things that are in you.” There is treasure in you, dreams in you. Dreams that you may have ignored, pushed down or even forgotten about. This is your year to reboot and “Just go for it!”. When Canon Andrew White was struck with MS, he was given some advice, “Don’t take care, take risk.” God is calling us out of the safe place to take risk. We all are comfortable operating at a certain level. It’s usually a place that doesn’t require us to take risk. This year is different, God is calling us out into the deep to take risk.

In this season, no matter how old or young you might be, God is waiting for you to step out of the boat of comfort and familiarity to experience what He has set up for you in this moment of your life. God has called us to partner with Him, not just work for Him. He wants to anoint us and empower us to ENLARGE, STRETCH and LENGTHEN our reach of influence. But it is going to require us to step out in faith and take risk. According to Hebrews 11:6, God always rewards faith. So, the greater the STRETCH the greater level of reward you will receive.

My prayer for you is that you will be thankful for what you have experienced but realize that it’s not enough. My prayer is that you will hunger and thirst for more of God and His presence this year. A deeper spiritual hunger that will cause your heart to become one with the Father’s.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”