THE PLACE YOU'RE LIVING IS TOO SMALL

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The sons of the prophets came to Elisha one day and said, “…Now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.” The sons of the prophets were disciples of the prophets and they were wanting to learn how to walk closely with God in power and victory. That sounds like what you and I want to do, doesn’t it? To walk closely with God in power and victory. The place they were living had gotten too cramped for them. In the beginning, it had seemed just right but now, they were growing and knew they needed to move. Many people’s lives are like that and they made decisions years ago that they thought they could count on and live with for the rest of their lives. They got ideas at some point that they decided to cling to and make a part of their lives. At the time, those decisions and ideas were fine and served them well.

They had never counted on the fact that there was so much more to walking with God than they had already experienced, so when times of trial come, they find themselves cramped, pinched and in pain. So, in this verse, 2 Kings 6:1, they came to the man of God and said that they needed more largeness in their lives; more bigness; more room to operate in because what they had wasn’t enough. It means that they were growing. In other words, what worked for you a couple years ago, may not be working for you now. You’ve hopefully grown a lot since then and the amount of meditation in the Word that used to be enough to get you through should today seem like a light snack. Same with your prayer life and your work in the Body of Christ. Psalm 84:7, “They go from strength to strength.” You grow and then you grow some more and like the sons of the prophets, you want to keep on growing in your usefulness in the Kingdom of God. The sons of the prophets were humble and they had been content to live in the small place as long as they could do all God had called them to do and that’s the way true people of God are. We’re content to look for the big blessings of God in the spiritual realm rather than in the natural. Only when the limitations of the natural situation hinder what God has called us to do in His kingdom do we ask for more.

Thirdly, they didn’t have their own resources and that’s another mark of the spiritual person. We know that in ourselves, we don’t have what it takes to and none of us is good enough, strong enough, faithful enough to do what God has set before us and only as He fills us with His grace can we take what He has provided and apply it to His work. So, in 2 Kings 6:2, they wanted to go to the Jordan and build a better base to operate from and serve God. Each one was going to bring a beam so that when they all gave what they could, God’s work would get done. They knew if it was ever going to get done, they would all have to do their part. You can’t fulfill God’s will for your life on your own. God’s will always depend on other people and it’s never a “one-man program.” Last, they knew that they needed to keep themselves in the Word of God if they were ever going to have the faith to bring it to pass. They wanted to be sure to have Elisha the man of God goes with them, so they could prosper by his prophesying. Before you can grow into that place in life God is calling you to, first your faith has to grow. It has to grow enough to get you to break out of your comfort zone. How do you do it? Get in the Word and prayerfully and humbly ask the Author of the Word to direct your understanding of His plan for your life.

I know that you have a special gifting on the inside of you. That God wants to USE you to make a difference in other peoples’ lives…to touch others in a unique way and that God gave you life so that through you. He could in some way better place and in fact, as I was writing this, I feel like there is someone who needs to be reminded how at one time in your life and you had a calling, a vision, you were touched by God in a way that you KNEW you had a destiny in God. But, like the sons of the prophets, you’ve gotten to where you’re living in a small, narrow place in life. Your sense of destiny has gotten so overwhelmed by the frustrations and routines of your everyday life that you’re really not making any effort to walk in your life’s purpose anymore. When you’re living in the small place, your sense of uniqueness and purpose seems to lose its brightness over the years and as it fades, so does your will power to ACT on what God once planted in your spirit. You, if you stay in that comfort zone too long, you’ll lose your sense of destiny and certainty that gives you the “edge” in life. That’s why I’m bringing you this word today to get you to believe in the Lord your God to really believe what He has called you to do with your life, to stop settling for living that small cramped space and to “go to the Jordan” the river of God’s life and begin to build there.

I feel the anointing of God’s Spirit all over me as I bring these words to you. Stop settling for less than the will of God, the WHOLE will of God in EVERY area of your life. The sons of the prophets each took what they had and dedicated it to building God’s Kingdom. In order to break out of your smallness, you and I have to do the same thing. It’s a matter of seeking the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” Of concentrating all of your energies on that ONE thing like the Apostle Paul said, “This one thing I do…” Maybe you’ve never experienced the power of God that flows through a person’s being when he or she dedicates the whole heart to being in total obedience to God’s will. Focusing your whole being on seeking the blessing of God in your life is like the way a magnifying glass can take the sun’s rays and set a fire with them. You concentrate your whole being on seeking God, and you too will be set ablaze by the power of the Holy Spirit. The sons of the prophets wanted to take Elisha with them so he could prophesy to them and cause them to prosper. That’s my part as a man of God, to prophesy God’s Word into your spirit so that you can prosper in what God has called you to do.

You need to open up to the wake up call on the inside of you. God is no respector of persons. Each one of us is unique but each of us is given equal opportunities to experience abundant life to the fullest and if you’ll walk in God’s power, the Holy Spirit will change virtually anything and everything in your life. He’s here waiting for you to wake up and claim your birthright. 2 Chronicles 20:20, “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper.”