TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, January 02, 2020:
Make bigger; extend; augment; increase in capacity or scope.
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We love this verse above because it is a challenge to us continually that we need to enlarge our vision and reach out further to bring others into God’s tent of saving grace. May we urge you to memorize this verse as a reminder to you that God wants you to enlarge your vision!
The prophet Isaiah in this passage (above) is talking about the nation of Israel and God’s covenant promise to Abraham to make of him a great nation. As a growing nation God is challenging Israel through Isaiah to make the place of their tents larger.
God chose the nation of Israel to be His treasured possession. They were God’s chosen representatives to the rest of the world. God wanted them to spread out and possess the land He promised them.
This verse refers not only to Israel but applies prophetically to the future Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the need for the church (all believers) to enlarge its tent by spreading the good news of the gospel. This includes each and every believer and this is our challenge to you today.
The verse we have written above goes on to tell us to “Lengthen your cords.” God is challenging us as believers to increase our influence throughout the world. Jesus commanded that we, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
Israel understood the illustration of a tent. They lived in tents in the wilderness and as a family grew it was necessary to enlarge their tents.
In the Hebrew dictionary the word for “enlarge” is RACHAB. It means to become wide like chambers, like the chambers of a heart. It also has the meaning of increasing the size of a city’s borders or the size of a church.
To enlarge our tent we must enlarge our heart by filling it with more of God’s love and enlarge our capacity to love others. It is only as each one of us has more love for the Lord that our individual church “tent” will be enlarged.
Our tents include our ministry, our vision and our testimony to others. When a tent is enlarged the cords must be lengthened and stronger stakes are needed to keep it from collapsing. The stakes anchor the tent to hold it in place. The stakes must be strong and go deep into the ground. In order to enlarge our tents, we must strengthen our stakes by firmly grounding our faith through studying God’s Word and prayerfully seeking His direction.
God has put us here on this earth to spread abroad His message of saving grace and His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Messiah’s future kingdom is to be worldwide.
You may feel. As many people do, timid about witnessing for Christ, but if you grow your relationship with Christ, He will provide both the inner strength to tell His message and the opportunities to be a witness.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 11:25.
The generous soul will be made rich. And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Strengthen my faith today by giving me a better understanding of Your Word as I read it daily. Help me to communicate with You daily through prayer in a new and fresh way. Enlarge our family’s spiritual vision so we can be used by You to spread the “Good News” of Christ’s gift of salvation.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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