Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
James Payne preached a powerful message to encourage all of us to enlarge our area of influence. To stake our claim or reach out a little farther than we have been. While listening to this message my mind went all the way back to the day I got saved. Thinking back to the exact location where I was saved and remembering how I drove a stake and claimed that territory as a sacred place in my life. All the turning points in our lives are where we drive stakes to remember, and keep them as sacred moments in our lives. I still remember the times that God has spoken to me to go to the next level or enlarge my tent. Just like the Scripture reads in Isaiah 54:2, God wants to enlarge our territory to stretch us, we are not to hold back, we are to lengthen our reach and we are to strengthen our stakes so that we can do more for the Lord. I think back to when my Sunday school class bought me a book for my birthday. The Prayer of Jabez, how it changed my life! I started reading that book and praying that prayer in the book and asking God to enlarge my territory to use me to make a difference all across this Country.
A simple little prayer that can transform any life into something more than they could ever dream, hope, or imagine. 1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. A giant prayer that will change your walk, change your life, change your ministry or your Church. When ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life, God will give us a bigger vision for our lives. We have to Stake a Claim on our lives, our families and our friends. God is wanting to use each one of us to stretch a net across America for this end time harvest. We have several of our Chaplains staking claims on some of the truck stops that they frequent.
Chaplain Bruce Phelps is staking his claim on truck stops by building racks like this one to stake a claim
for Jesus in his favorite truck stops. Chaplain Bruce Phelps not only maintains our website here at Lonesome Road Ministries, but also maintains numerous Christian based websites all over the Country. He has took
a stand and staked his claim for Jesus.
Many others around the country like John Noel who has staked his claim on numerous truck stops in the Midwest area supplying them with CD’S, Bibles, Tracts, and other Christian material to make a difference by staking a claim on their territory.
Chaplain Tom Price is buying toy trucks like the one in this picture and turning them into tools to spread the Gospel. Tom is enlarging his area. He is wanting a whole fleet of trucks armed with the Gospel to make a difference in his area.
Jim & Ann Davenport have staked a claim at The Passion Play in Eureka Springs, AR. They have become the Pastors of the Church of the Grove that is located on the Passion Play grounds, and they are ministering to folks from all over the world as God brings them.
Channel 21 Ministry program is growing by leaps and bounds and we are adding new Chaplains all the time. Roger Barkley Jr & his wife Dianna, Chuck & Rhonda Helms, Pastor Jeff & Jessica Lewis of New Beginnings Church in Columbia City, IN are some of our newest Chaplains to join the team. Men and women who want to stake a claim on their family, friends, & neighbors and want to enlarge their territory.
Another one of our new Chaplains who is staking a claim on a truck driving school is Chaplain Darrell Patton of Hazel Green AL. Darrell goes to the school and talks to the drivers in the classes and hands out Bibles, CD’s and books to the new drivers. Staking a claim on the future of the trucking industry. When we take that step of faith, and failure is guaranteed, unless God steps in and takes control of what we are attempting. That is when we become all that God has purposed us for. When we take that Jabez prayer and make it our prayer by placing our name in there, that is when God starts to bless us and enlarge our territory to something we could have never even imagined.
Through a simple little believing prayer, you can change your future and the future of others that you come in contact with. You can change what happens one minute from now just by calling out to God, and staking your claim on your future and the future of your family and stretching his territory for Jesus. Many others are making a difference.
I logged over 4 million miles as a truck driver from 1972 - 2007 and I have written a lot of it in my songs. God has taken me off the road and put me into full time ministry, but I still have a heart for all you drivers out there.