Expect great things from God; attempt gr

Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.

In 1792 the ‘father of modern missions’, William Carey, founded the Baptist missionary society. It didn’t come without a struggle. At first, no one seemed to respond. Many church leaders not only ignored his call but some of them denounced it. At one meeting of the ministers of the Northampton Baptist Association, Carey delivered a fiery message based on Isaiah 54:2, concluding with the now famous phrases, “Brothers, expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

This great statement was based on a great verse.

Isaiah 54

v2 ‘Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes’.

Here are 5 keys that will help you in expecting and attempting great things for God.
1. Prepare for More: Isaiah has already told us in 26:15 that God is an Enlarger, an Increaser, a Giver of life. With God we should expect more.
2. Lose your Shape: The shape of the tent changed and so must we. When a mother conceives she knows she will change shape otherwise the gift cannot come. When David was called he had to lose his shape, he thought of himself as a ‘worm’; Mephibosheth thought of himself as a ‘dead dog’ and Jeremiah just a ‘youth’. They all had to lose their shape and become someone else.
3. No Limitations: “Do not hold back”. We need to spare not and we need to think big.
4. Decide how Big. “Lengthen your cords; Measure it up. Count the cost. Make decisions, goals/targets based on how big this great thing will be.
5. Develop your support base. “strengthen your stakes”. Know what the boundaries are. Be wise with finances. But let your security be in God. The anchors of your life will hold the great thing in place.

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