1 “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes”.
Isaiah 54:1-2, New International Version
Sometimes the greatest moments in your life happens after you give up.
The greatest moments happen not because you have the faith for it to happen or you have the means to make it happen. It happens because God ordained that it happen — in spite of you not having the ability or capacity to make it happen.
When the Prophet Isaiah began his ministry, God’s people were in a bad place and had lost hope and faith. God, however, announces a season of restoration and new life. He calls His people who saw themselves like a barren woman to sing for joy and get ready for a new season of supernatural growth and expansion.
Isaiah is a continuation of Isaiah 53. Barrenness is a shame-filled curse in biblical times. It is through the redemptive work of the Suffering Servant (which is a picture of Jesus Christ) that the barren woman experiences the reversal of the curse.
You are complete in Christ.
You don’t need more faith, power or anointing. This way of thinking makes you feel that you are not enough and robs you of rest. You already have all things in Christ and this truth will set you free from everything that enslaves or condemns you.
Whatever shame you have experienced or may be carrying right now, if you truly believe what Christ has done for you through His finished work, then hear what God is saying, “Do not hold back”.
Start living a life without limits with your identity seared in God’s kindness and faithfulness. So instead of holding back, start expanding your vision and capacity to receive more understanding from God. This is why the Apostle Paul prays for the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of every believer’s heart that you may know what Christ has won for you through His life, death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:18-19).
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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