For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year. Exodus 34:24;
It is never God’s desire that His children be restricted or placed under any form of limitations in life; from the above scripture, it is clear that God’s earnest desire is to enlarge the territory of His people which was the reason He promised to wipe out the nations who had hitherto occupied the land of Canaan in order to create rooms for the children of Israel. There’s no argument about God’s promise to enlarge the borders of the children of Israel, however, there was no way they could have expanded or taken over those territories if they were not prepared to drive out the original occupants. To realize the enlargement of their borders as God promised, the children of Israel were required to confront and prevail over the Canaanites in order to possess the land.
God has clearly demonstrated that it is not His wish for us to be small or live within confinements, it is our responsibility however to prevail over certain forces that may be standing on our ways of expansion. The first known force that limits people in life is lack of vision. Many people remain small and never make progress in life either because they do not have definite visions driving them, or because their dreams are too small to make any significant difference. Truth is, you can never grow bigger than the size of your dreams and vision! It is actually your vision that determines where you will get to in life, God has not placed a ceiling over your life and nobody has the right to set borders around your destiny. To experience enlargement of your borders as God promised, you must have a clear vision of greatness backed up with strong determination to achieve.
Another force that we must confront in order to experience enlargement is laziness. Laziness is a silent but strong force that stops people from being great in life. The scripture says ‘the hands of the diligent beareth rule but he that is slothful shall be under tribute’. Lazy people are bound to be servants to the diligent; when those who are hard-working are multiplying opportunities in the market place, the lazy can never take advantage of the opportunities no matter how cheap because they lack the will power to exert the required efforts to convert them. The promises of God are unfailing but we must be prepared to play our roles by being diligent so as to be what God wants us to be. Having a beautiful dream without diligence is nothing but hallucination! Battle against laziness is a battle we must all win in order to expand and be great in life.
Fear is another force that must be conquered if we must experience expansion as God desires for us. Nothing keeps people in bondage like fear. A lot of people end up being nothing in life because they are too afraid to dare, they are too afraid to step out for fear of failure! The scripture says ‘God has not given us the spirit of fear but the spirit of love, the spirit of power and sound mind’ As long as you allow the fear of the unknown to hold you from taking some daring steps, the enemies will continue to cheat you and shut your life up. What you need to experience expansion as God desires is courage to move on in the face of challenges of life. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Somebody once says ‘I can leap without looking if Jesus has looked for me’! How true! All you need is total trust in God and His divine leading to take the risky steps that will launch you into greatness. With total trust in God you can move ahead to possess your promised land even when the coasts are not clear.
Another limitation that makes it impossible for many people to make progress in life is the people they associate with. If you are satisfied to flock with people who have no clear directions and strong desire for greatness, you are bound to remain small. The scripture says ‘he who walks with the wise shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall perish’. You are likely to end the same way the people you associate with end. As long as an eaglet lives and flocks with chickens, it will never fly; you must be ready to call it quit with certain people who want to pull you down and kill your vision of greatness. In fact, you must be prepared to part ways with anyone whose life does not challenge you to move forward. To experience enlargement of your borders, you must identify with people whose lives inspire you to progress.
Dearly beloved, have you stayed too long in your comfort zones that you no longer have burning desire for enlargement? God’s plan for you is to be great and be great indeed. God has never placed any border around your life because He wants you to expand without any restrictions. Break forth from every limitation today and begin to experience enlargement on every side.
(c) February, 2011
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