Stretched but Not Stressed!
May 1, 2009 • By
Stretched but Not Stressed!
Written by Nichelle Early, Executive Editor
Do you realize that you are pregnant? I bet you are saying, "Who me?... Not hardly", as my mother would say. But, I beg to differ. You are pregnant! Pregnant with purpose and with promise. Many of you sitting full with witty ideas, creative inventions, unique businesses, vital ministries, desires for career change, and for some, real desires to literally have children. However, for some reason, you haven’t brought forth…God has given you dreams, and ideas concerning doing ministry differently, writing books, expanding your existing business line, entering new relationships, all for HIS Glory, but yet you have not brought forth!
And, because you haven’t brought forth, the enemy wants to trick you into believing that you are barren. He wants to trick you into to believing that you do not have the ability or capability of bringing forth all that God has placed your spirit.
What does it mean to be barren? Bareness is a condition in which there is a perceived impossibility to bring forth or give birth… But, God wants me to help you dispel the myth that you are barren…it’s time to breakforth, it’s time for you to sing…whether you are ready or not, it’s time for you to give birth to everything that God has placed on the inside of you…
Galatians 4:27-28 declares: 27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Understand that there’s something growing on the inside of you that has to come out…And the reason it has to come out is because we as the church must continue to enlarge ourselves in order to win more territory for God and be positioned for the delivery of every promise He has made…And yes, you may feel apprehensive and yes, you may have concerns, and yes the economy doesn’t fit it with your goals and desires; And, it even may seem like now is not the right time…but, it's time to break forth!
I want you to know that contrary to how things may look and despite popular belief, this is a season of enlargement! This is a season of “STRETCHING”… It is the express purpose of God that you understand that you are just being “stretched” but not “stressed.”
God is “STRETCHING YOU BEYOND YOUR PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS”…He’s “STRETCHING YOU BEYOND YOUR NATURAL INCLINATIONS…” This season that we are in is not a design to stress you, because according to Dictionary.com, Stress is experiencing mentally, physically, or emotionally, a state of extreme pressure, or strain due to external circumstances... And, we as the church under the new covenant, must remain postured in our rightful place of knowing that what’s going on around us externally should not impact us as it may impact others…You may be stretched, but you shouldn't be stressed!
Love you much!
Evg. Nichelle Early