So often in the scriptures we hear references to enlarging our tents and it immediately brings to mind a greater space to provide for our families. Specifically, Is. 54:2 says: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitation be stretched out; do not hold back, lengthen your cords and strength your stakes.” What a picture of God’s promise to His people to expect His blessing as we continue to seek His reign and rule in our lives. These past weeks the Lord has enlarged our tent in regards to our ministry for the Lord and we are humbled beyond words.
Several weeks ago I had the joy of leading a prayer segment for a movement of prayer and city transformation called God of the City. Unlike any other time when I have been asked to pray, I was asked to pray for healing for those in need at this gathering. I was humbled at the joy of praying, believing in a God who is still in the process of healing me to allow me the privilege of praying this for others. Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” These have been a guide to my life and ministry, specifically to proclaim good news to the poor. I remember, like it was yesterday, reading these verses in the Holy Land in the very place that Jesus spoke them. There was a breaking of my hard heart as never before for the least, to broaden my tent and not hold back as Christ Himself came from heaven in all His glory to dwell among us and deliver us from our sins. Amazingly our Lord’s first message was from Isaiah and a word to preach good news to the poor. This has embedded in my heart the priority this should be for every Christian as it is for our Lord. Recently with this season of cancer the ministry of God’s healing as He speaks of bringing sight to the blind is ever before me. I am overwhelmed with this broadening of our tent of ministry to pray, believing by faith for others for healing in the mighty name of Jesus, no matter what they are facing. This time of prayer at God of the City confirmed this new area of ministry as I was able to share in the power of the Holy Spirit that we are to Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me Bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Ps. 103:1-4 The Lord led me to invite everyone up to the platform who needed prayer for healing and over 100 people came forward. I was shocked and overwhelmed at God’s goodness to let me pray over His children for a faith in a Holy Omnipotent God who is able. I am thankful beyond words for the incredible prayer warriors that serve God of the City to unite and mobilize the bride of Christ to bring glory to God and transformation to our city.
This past Saturday we had the joy of being a part of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders’ Thanksgiving outreach in San Antonio through our ministry there in the inner city. My parents and twin brother, Mel, bless me by their obedience to enlarge their tents daily to embrace the least of that city. We gave away hundreds of bags of food and clothing. My father asked me to share and immediately the Lord led me to Luke 8 where the woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and she was healed. We asked people who needed to be healed from sin and needed salvation to come forward as well as those who needed physical and emotional healing. In God’s providence there is now an immediate connection when you tell a crowd of people you are battling Stage 4 lung cancer. They now look at me and know I’m in need just as much as they are. What a joy to see how God has opened the door of greater ministry through what the enemy intended for evil.
He is enlarging our tent as well in our personal family. This past Sunday, our son Michael asked Caitlin Sammons to marry him and they are now engaged. We are overwhelmed by God’s goodness and grace as we love others, He meets the desires of our hearts. Our childrens’ first response when they found out Michael was engaged was: “We have a new sister.” Caitlin is an amazing Godly young lady. We celebrate this marvelous blessing as He enlarges our tents in every area of our lives.
We praise God for each of you in this season of Thanksgiving and thank you for enlarging your tents to pray for us and be a part of our ministry to the least. We now have 115 BridgeBuilders 300′s who have committed to pray for our healing and to give $100 per month to our ministry. If you would like to join this group, please e-mail email@example.com. May God remind us daily that we are each blessed abundantly to be a blessing to others. We love you and thank God for you!