Over the last few days, the word ‘constrict’ kept coming to my attention. As I sat with the Lord to investigate this, I saw that with all that is taking place around the world, it feels for many as though the world has become smaller and more constricted.
Let me explain what I mean. Current events in the world are bringing uncertainty, isolation and fear into many people’s lives. Some nations have shut down and people are getting their information from their TVs. News stories are making it appear as if no one can go anywhere or do anything. The enemy want to make some believers feel that there is no possibility of them achieving anything, even although the Lord has given them promises and prophecies.
However, nobody is called into the kingdom of God to be made redundant! Everyone has a calling and purpose to fulfil. As we have enter into the season of harvest, the enemy’s ploy is to make it look as though your possibilities are restricted, and to constrict you so that you lose steam and the ability to see the full picture. I want you to know that there is room for you and for everyone.
There is room for you to grow, and for you to fulfil your purpose and destiny.
As I sat praying and pondering over this word, I asked the Lord for a scripture reference and was given the story of Jacob and Laban in Genesis 30:35-43.
Laban was trying to take away what Jacob had worked hard for and had set restrictions on what he could have and what he could do. He didn’t want Jacob’s harvest to be given to him, but God gave Jacob a strategy of what to ask for and how to make it fruitful. Through God’s wisdom, Jacob became abundant even in a place of supposed restriction.
The current climate wants to isolate people, but even within that you will find the Presence of God and emerge victoriously and fruitfully.
Let me give you another illustration. Some time ago I went to New York to minister and was staying in a very good hotel. I mentioned to the protocol officer that I ‘d like to eat Chinese food. My host promised to take me to the best Chinese restaurant around; one to which people travel from all over to eat. The local area had a reputation for great Chinese restaurants, and so I assumed we’d be going to one of those and really dressed the part. However, we did not go to any of those, and I soon found myself walking through the Bronx with my host.
In that environment, my handbag no longer felt so much like a fashion item but more as a potential weapon and shield! We negotiated our way through some places that looked very different to the ones I had been expecting to see that day, and eventually arrived outside a smelly fish market. Yet next door to that market was a Chinese restaurant with some of the most expensive cars around parked outside. It was owned by a Christian Chinese lady and she was attracting the very best clients because of the quality of the food she served.
The location of the restaurant didn’t matter, and neither did the journey that people had to take to get there. The food there was so good that she had to keep a waiting list for people to get in. When what you do is truly birthed out of authenticity the Lord will make people attracted to what you carry, and he will make room for you, whatever the circumstances seem to be.
Be your authentic self so you don’t run out of steam. Break that which the enemy is using to constrict you and to convince you that there’s no room for you. Shatter that mindset and expand your vision.
God will never fail you regarding what he has spoken into your life. Be the real you and you will become a city sought after and not forsaken (Isaiah 62:12).
Listen to the Holy spirit for strategy. Nothing can constrict you or isolate you in this season as you live intentionally for Him and press in.
Rev. Betty King