I tried to go back to sleep after prayer this morning, the position I was laying in my "it's cold in here, fetal position" seemed to be a bit helpful, but as I tried to gather as much warmth and comfort as possible, before getting up to face the day I literally saw in a brief vision bricks being laid around the very position I was in, in a circle like a well as if to trap me in that position and make me stuck there.
Immediately I heard The Spirit say "all you have to do is stretch" when I stretched my hand out, I felt so strongly the power that was in it and a flow of blood to my hand that produced heat. As I begin to pray silently I felt led to release this: Stretch Forth today!
Don't allow yourself to be trapped, or boxed in the position you currently feel you're in or may be in. Stretch your hands toward the Lord. Stretch toward the spirit of GOD and GOD will meet you. The Lord will supply you.
It struck me in a different revelation that young David from the Bible didn't have a sword. He wasn't fighting with a sword. He didn't strike down goliath with a sword. He used a sling. In essence he used what he had. What GOD had anointed him with at that time. Let me tell you even if you think you have nothing, you have something that GOD has put inside of you and equipped you with. What do you have in your hand that you can use?
GOD even asked Moses. Look at that what you have in your hand. and stretch it out . . .
so in Exodus chapter 4 it reads:
"1Then Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to my voice? For they may say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’ ”
2And the LORD asked him, “What is that in your hand?”
4“Stretch out your hand and grab it by the tail,” the LORD said to Moses, who reached out his hand and caught the snake, and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 5“This is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
Stretch forth today! The staff turned into a snake. GOD can use that thing that you think is dark in your life. that thing that you perceive to be evil and can transform it. GOD is the GOD that makes something out of what we think is nothing.
Stretch toward the Lord today and break out of the form you know, Break out of that position, you've been holding on to.
When Jesus told the man at the pool of Bethsaida to get up and walk, he had to break out of the position he was in. He had to stretch his limbs, He had to reach out in a way that facilitated him to go toward healing.
As you stretch the Lord is giving you more. expanding you. enlarging your territory!
All you have to do is reach!
There is much talk about "the wait". the wait . . . the wait. the old folks say wait on the Lord. the scripture says wait in the Lord.
I want to encourage you today to Reach while you wait! REACH while you wait! Are you reaching and waiting?
Be reaching while you're waiting!
Jesus in Matthew 12 is convicting and rebuking the Pharisees, these super religious, legalistic people because they tried to get on him about his disciples picking grain from the field and eating it. the Pharisees are like boundaries, that voice that tells you you can't do it that tries to keep you bound.
So Jesus is telling these folks haven't you heard about David eating the bread in the temple and being innocent, how the priests break the sabbath and are innocent. so Jesus is like get your life together. you need to understand these things, before you try to come for me.
What's ailing you? what in you has been broken, or deformed, or ineffective? The man had a withered hand. There's a part of you that's handicapped that doesn't think you can do it. I know because I've been there for a long time.
but trust GOD is able to heal! because it's how I'm whole. Prayer to GOD is where I run to now when I need a fix.
so jesus told the man with the withered hand (with the deformity)
Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. - Matthew 12:13
Jesus told the man to stretch! Jesus told the other guy at the pool to GET UP!
What's ailing you. what in you has been broken, or deformed, or ineffective?
If you can't do anything else. just reach! Just reach!
Break the position. Break the form of what you've always known. you will be met with healing and newness. you will be revived!
You may have to go through the uncomfortable parts of growing, but don't stay there.
Reach out to the one who can help you. the one who can heal you call on The Spirit in prayer.