Enlarge… Stretch

And yes… I’ve left this alone for farrrrrr too long. It has been such an exciting season in church with many many powerful sermons, so today, I thought I’d share my personal take-aways from two of these sermons!

Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.
– Isaiah 54:2

This was a verse that Garrett used in his Enlarging my Capacity sermon, and it really spoke to me greatly! I have been feeling overwhelmed slightly recently, and this verse really encouraged me to enlarge in my capacity!

A few weeks after that, it was Pastor Lia’s sermon about The Power of Stretch! Pastor Lia shared that the breakthrough is in the stretch.. And it all began to make sense.

Often, it is human nature to stay in our comfort zone. After moving into a new environment, either at work, in our relationships, or really any other aspect of our lives, we tend to want things to remain status quo for a while. However, this stage is a scary stage, because if we get used to status quo, we won’t grow anymore.

Getting used to the status quo at works means I just appear, do my job, and go.
Getting used to the status quo in relationships means I just get used to the people in my life, and no longer make an effort to go the extra mile for them.

This is why the breakthrough is in the stretch.
If I am willing to step out of my comfort zone, I will begin to grow.
If I am willing to stretch, then the breakthrough is just around the corner.

And these are not even all the powerful sermons that I’ve heard recently! Currently, Pastor How is on a 3-part series on the Parables of Jesus. Part 1 and 2 have been so powerful, and there’s still Part 3 to come next week! Can’t wait for it already, let me know if you want to join me!

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