The other day I had a picture of old rotten eggs being thrown out. In order for being positioned for expansion we sometimes need to throw out the old ideas and thinking in order for the new to come. Eggs can represent ideas. We have had many ideas about the ministry and how we can see it happening but what the Lord was saying to me this morning is in order for the new to come, for the expansion to come, the old ideas of how the ministry could happen or what it would look like need to be thrown out so that the new can come. We need to check those eggs, are they rotten and needing to be thrown out, or are some of those eggs (ideas) that we have still alright for the season we are in?
Often we get a vision or a dream or an idea of how things can be and they were good for that time, but the time moves on and we have to move with the times and the time for those things that was there has now come and gone. Whether or not they happened is irrelevant now because it is a new day, the old has past and the new has come. We cannot be held up because of the ‘what if’s’ in life, or the ‘if only’s’ because it is past. We need to move into the future asking the Lord to direct our steps. There may be an asking of forgiveness from the Lord as to why we didn’t do those things that we believed were from him. When we do that we realize the areas in our hearts that we didn’t believe Him for, or fear of failure or need of approval from man, whatever the reason, but then to learn from that and receive that forgiveness and move forward into the hope and future he has for us and those around us.
Isaiah 54:2-5 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.”
We are in a time of enlargement as a people of God I believe and like any family in which a new baby is about to come on the scene we need to make room to accommodate it. And so in a home rooms get shifted around, sorted out, the old thrown out and perhaps a garage sale happens and new furniture, like a cot comes in for the new baby. What are the things in your household that need rearranging in order to accommodate the new things that the Lord wants to do?
What are those things we need to throw out, a time of spring cleaning :)
With Love, Sarah