A Season of Expansion

Even in the midst of everything that’s been going on in our world right now, over the past several weeks, I have had this sense that God is looking to expand the spiritual territory of some of His children. While the specifics of this are very unique to each person / family that God is stretching the boundary lines for, here’s what I feel led to speak to and highlight: Pay attention to where your “feet” are treading. Not just literally, but also what areas you are being given access to touch and speak into. It’s not a season of “guaranteed” expansion, rather, it’s an invitation to it. Our perspective and language will determine if we step into it or not.

To Abraham, God said: “Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” Genesis 13:17 CSB

To Moses, God said: Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours…” Deuteronomy 11:4a NLT

To Joshua, God said: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:3 NKJV

As you can see, our presence matters, and our presence can make a difference – IF – we can first perceive that it is God that is sending us there. So here’s what I feel led to ask us to consider:

Where are your conversations taking place? In what cities are you interacting with people? What new places do you find yourself commuting to? What areas of town are you now finding yourself drawn to or visiting more often or even shopping in? Is your daily route changing? Are there new places you are now conducting business or making new connections? Who and where are people emailing you from? Are you dreaming of new cities? New people groups? New countries? Where are you being used to fill vacancies and cover extra responsibilities? Don’t see it as a burden, friend. It’s an opportunity, an invitation for expansion. We must have the right perspective.

According to the Jewish calendar, we are currently in the month of Tammuz, the fourth month. If we study biblical history, we will find that one of the many things that took place this month was that it was the month where the 12 spies were sent into the Promise Land to scout it out. Their perception of where they were going set Caleb and Joshua apart from the other 10. I believe it is so with us as well during this season.

All this shifting is revealing places where God is opening a new path for us to expand and have influence. We must see these areas as fields where we are being given the opportunity to sow. We must regard them as divine appointments. God will grace us for them. We must not measure our capacity to sustain them according to the level of past energy, wisdom or resources. We must step into them with boldness and faith and in doing so, we will discover the new that God has in store for us.

“Then a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from [the Roman province of] Macedonia was standing and pleading with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”” Acts 16:9 AMP

Paul received this vision during a time and place where he was restricted from going somewhere he thought he should go. I felt the Holy Spirit saying to us, stop focusing on the places where you’re not able to go right now, or the things you’re not able to do right now. Open your eyes to see what God is highlighting, opening and placing before you.

“If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!” Jeremiah 15:19 NLT

Pay attention friends. I pray that as you receive this word in faith, God is going to supernaturally open your eyes. He’s going to settle your heart and you’re going to begin to see all the opportunities He has already started placing and opening up before you. They are vast. They are many. They are going to be incredibly fruitful fields. Let your words be seasoned with salt and may you – may we – seize and make the most of every opportunity.

Thanks for reading,

Linda G. Riddle