Break Loose – Meet the Impossible
Transition is one of the hardest acts to engage in. Our minds are made in a way that once we are in our comfort zones, our usual aspiration is to stay put. This year however begins with a letter that sways us otherwise, senior pastor of CITAM Karen; Pst. Karita Mbagara introduces the New Year’s theme on this note:
Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the place of your dwellings, spare not. Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.”
The only commitment most Christians delve in is to attend church service every Sunday. But is this the only thing a believer ought to do? Definitely not! Jesus Christ commands in Mark 16:15: “Go into the entire world and proclaim the good news to every creature.” This is so for the sake of God’s Kingdom. And this is what Isaiah 54:2, reminds the church of Christ.
Enlarge the place of your tent; The idea of the tent is beyond the margins by the stone walls in which we fellowship, it is the people—the church. This phrase means that the boundaries of the church are to be greatly enlarged, in order to accommodate the accession from the pagan world.
The slogan “Welcome to CITAM Karen where you belong” is used to salute new visitors every Sunday. It is therefore evident that there are people constantly springing into church to worship with us every week. Whether we know it or not, there is a multitude of non-believers out there that the church ought to go fishing for, in order to enlarge the tent. Unfortunately, most of us are boxed within the walls of the church building; this theme is therefore timely, because this year we all should break loose.
“Spare not” encourages us not to withhold the materials or provisions we have which could greatly enlarge the tent to dwell in. At times we get too selfish, mindless of the greatness that may come about through our giving, whether it is tithing or offering.
Lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes; If we are to stretch out the tent, it is necessary to fasten the cords they are tied on, so that they may reach further. Understand that the church is not merely to seek new converts but also to strengthen those she has in the faith, otherwise the foundation remains unstable. Shall we then work on our faith in God!
The Call to be free
Most believers are yet to discover the implication of freedom. There is a strong desire within most of us to do something big, a vision of the great things God can do through them. Regrettably, the desire and visions are confined within the church walls. That is the characteristic of a boxed believer. Take your time, pay attention to the poem in Isaiah 54:1-10, which addresses the barren woman (Israelites).
Barrenness brings lots of shame and humiliation, yet, in the scriptures, the woman is instructed to …break into singing and shout for joy. One would expect such a woman to bury her head in shame and drench her face in mucus and tears of sorrow. But, that is not the case according to this scripture. For a barren woman to give birth, a supernatural power needs to be in place, which is the exact role God in heaven plays.
The barren woman is not only Israelites; she also represents believers in the house of God, who want to break beyond their captivity. God has noted that His people are as a barren woman, spiritually desolate, bearing no fruit and having no spiritual impact abroad. God, being a supernatural being, intends to commit a supernatural act, which is why He commands us to begin praising and rejoicing during the period of barrenness in anticipation of bearing fruit in the near future, it is a way to confirm that the barrenness is simply a path to prove God’s specialty—the Impossible!
Revival is an outpouring of the gift of the Holy Spirit to everyone, the power of the Holy Spirit moves and causes something extraordinary to happen. A change that causes a burning sensation crops up during revival,—the fire of the Holy Ghost, so to speak! It begins with an individual, to a multitude of people awakening to a particular dormant state of affairs, as per the intention of the Holy Spirit. While God is willing and ready to do the impossible, the church is urged to prepare for the oncoming revival, He wants us to obey His commandments, to enlarge the tent of our hearts to Him and instruct our minds to believe that God is a God who foretells the beginning and the end; Isaiah 42:9, “See, the former predictions have come, and new ones I am declaring; before they spring forth I let you hear them!”
God’s prophecy gives the church a reason to be confident in the impending revival, otherwise He would not have asked of us to “Enlarge the place our tents…” Mark 16:15 shows that God has made reservations throughout the world for His sons to decree the good News. Lean therefore on the promises He has made and begin to enlarge your tents through faith, look up to Him with great expectations and wait! Wait for Him to send multiplications. This is the trust we owe Him, that as a husband, He will provide without fail! Yes, you heard that right, God is our husband!