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“Hiding Under the Table”

There are all kinds of “phobias” in the world. I believe that sometimes it is an evil spirit that has someone bound by a particular “phobia.” There are people in the world that don’t ever want to leave “their little corner.” This goes for Christians too. They are afraid to believe God for something “bigger” or “something better,” that God wants to bless them with. It is like Agoraphobia. This is the fear that many people have of larger places. They just want to stay in a small place. I remember a true story on TV of a little boy who hid under a table for years. He was afraid to leave his place under the table. Even though he could see all around, he couldn’t make that “break.” They would pull him out and he would always return.

The Lord wants us to be successful and to “launch out into the deep.” We have taught all the children in our orphanage that they can be whatever they want to be if that’s what the Lord has planned for them. They don’t have to live their life thinking they are an “orphan,” because in Haiti, it is shameful to be an orphan, especially for girls.

It’s the same way with many Christians… They are afraid to take a step out of the boat. But the Lord says, “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left…” (Isaiah 54:2-3) God doesn’t want you “hiding under the table” anymore. Go ahead and “stretch out those stakes and enlarge the borders of your habitation.” Make that move! God is on your side!


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