PASTOR’S CORNER

EXPANDING YOUR TERRITORY IN CHRIST:

EXPANSION DEMANDS PRESSURE

REFERENCES: II KINGS 6:1-7, II CORINTHIANS 11:28; 32-33, II CORINTHIANS 1:8

Expansion demands pressure.

Nothing expands until pressure is applied to it.

It is the same for the things of the spirit. Expanding your territory in Christ will only become a reality when you apply the right kind, and amount of pressure.

And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait [small] for us.

Expansion begins when you acknowledge that your present level is too small. Consider now, that the place you are is too small. This could be your spiritual capacity, business, marriage, current accommodation, career situation or financial status.

The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.” And he said, “Go.” (NIV)

This aptly describes the process of expansion in the house of God. The prophets said to Elisha, ‘see, the place where we meet with you- the church- has become too small. It’s time to expand.’

The journey of TRPM follows this pattern. From small beginnings, we have expanded gradually but surely to this present point; and the journey continues.

Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

There must be a place to get the necessary resources for expansion. The prophets knew where to go for the materials needed to expand. It however takes pressure to locate this place.

It is noteworthy that every pressure is for a purpose. It could be positive- to push you into expansion, or negative- to arrest you, and keep you from expanding.

And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.

It is not enough for the congregation to yield to the pressure for expansion. The leader- the pastor- must not be left behind as well.

Be content...and go with thy servants. They realised that it was in the best interest of everyone that the pastor expand as well. When a congregation outgrows its leader, in spiritual and mental capacity, there is trouble in the horizon. The Church must expand together.

So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood. But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water...

The axe head fell because of a different kind of pressure- the negative kind.

Whenever you yield to positive pressure to expand, you must be aware that negative pressure will be mounted against you; to frustrate your expansion and disgrace you.

...and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

Now, the axe this particular prophet used was borrowed. The vision he caught moved him to take up a loan for the assignment.

As you work to expand your territory, you must also be ready to do the same. That might demand taking up a loan to expand your business.

As you do so, beware of the pressure to embarrass you. Your axe must not fall.

In the process of expanding the house of God, many people went above and beyond for the cause. Like this prophet, they were not working to build their own houses. Yet, they did all that was within their power, and more, to ensure the building of the house.

And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

The man of God also had an axe. Using his, he cut a stick, threw it into the river and the axe head floated.

When it did, the man of God did not pick it up; instead, he called the affected prophet to take up his portion.

Thus, he frustrated the negative pressure against the prophet and caused him to recover his portion.

II Cor 11:28

Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. (NIV)

Every man that takes up responsibility over his marriage, family and business will receive the capacity to fulfil destiny.

A man who has concern for the situation of things around him, who cares to see expansion happen in his world will be empowered for the assignment.

And besides those things that are without, there is the daily [inescapable pressure] of my care and anxiety for all the churches! (AMP)

This pressure is inescapable. The care for the growth, transformation, and expansion of the lives of those in your world will keep you on your toes, continually working to make things better than they are.

This is true in every area of life. The man who is empowered for expansion is the man that has taken on positive pressure.

The man who wastes time- watching TV, fiddling with phones, surfing the net- is not under positive pressure. He wastes time watching the news rather than making the news.

Are you under inescapable pressure, daily, to care for the future greatness of your spouse, children, business and ministry?

Be like Paul, who put himself under pressure, labouring more that the other apostles. Labour more, in prayer, in the Word, in work. Put your brain under pressure because it can perform more effectively.

A man can also be under negative pressure.

When you are drawn to error, or are not bothered by the state of stagnation, limitation and mediocrity around you, you are under negative pressure.

Conquer this pressure.

Positive pressure is used by God to push you into greatness, expansion. He pushes you to pray, fast, study, and work harder because He is leading you higher.

When a man is under this kind of pressure, he cannot be distracted. His dedication is an offspring of the pressure, and he will not be drawn away from the work of expansion by anyone or anything.

II Cor 1:8

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. (NIV)

When you are under positive pressure, be aware that the devil will also raise negative pressure to stop you; and it will not be applied mildly.

Paul confesses that the pressure to stop them was so great, that they despaired of life itself.

When a man stands- to seek the Lord and cause an expansion- the devil will mount great pressure on you.

II Cor 11:32-33

In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

In Damascus, the city governor acting under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus [on purpose] to arrest me (AMP)

Brethren, there is a purpose for every pressure.

Positive pressure is designed and applied to push you to grow and expand. It pushes you to seek God, to work on yourself, to train your brain mind and body for the new level.

Negative pressure is meant to stop your development. A careless, nonchalant attitude is a product of negative pressure. When a man thinks there is nothing more to pray, study, work, train and fight for, it is a sign that he is under negative pressure.

It takes pressure to move or stop a car. When you accelerate, you push pressure on the engine and cause it to move; when you press on the brakes, the pressure you apply is to cause the car to stop.

It takes pressure to make progress; it also takes pressure to arrest progress.

Do not ever be content with what you know, where you are, or what you have. Your life is more that it is right now. It is time to expand. Receive positive pressure, frustrate negative pressure, and make progress.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • I charge my life to receive positive pressure for expansion and progress in destiny.
  • Any negative pressure against my progress; I subdue and destroy you by fire.
  • Any negative pressure, from anywhere, to mess up my progress; I subdue and destroy you by fire.
  • Ancestral, foundational, territorial, witchcraft pressure to damage my destiny; I conquer and destroy you by fire.
  • Any negative pressure, wasting the time of my life, messing up my future years; I destroy you by fire now.
  • Any pressure that wants me to stop where my parents stopped; I subdue and destroy you by fire now.