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08/07/2008

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Don't Hold Back

"Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes"(Isa. 54:2).

Until we started camping a bit when our kids were younger, I would have had no idea what this tent thing was all about. This I know. There are many people out there with empty places in their lives. Many with unanswered questions about the direction of their lives. "Where there is no vision the people perish"(Prov 29:18). At this very time, if we have "our tent" in order, there is an opportunity for us to "enlarge out tent," and reach out to them.

How? As we stretch our tent curtains wide and lengthen our cords, we will find many out there frustrated, tempted, discouraged, and caught up with the pressures of life. Many who are searching for some thing real. This verse says to "lengthen your cords." If we are filled with the love of God, we can lengthen our cords to those around us that we care for. We will be able to minister to them because we care, and can lengthen out to them. But you say, "I am not strong enough." It says, "Strengthen your stakes." What are the stakes of our lives? To help others, we must be people of great faith. People who are constantly searching God's Word for the answers. Praying to Him for guidance. Being obedient and submissive to His will. In other words, "strengthening our stakes."

The gauntlet has been thrown down to us, and the linchpin to it all is found in the words of this verse..."do not hold back!" God didn't hold back from us. He sent His only Son to us. A Son who was willing to give up His life for ours. Now we are asked to not hold back. Not to hold back our possessions, our time, our talents, our all, for those who need Him.

Have a great day....Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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