The theme for the month of March is Gaining New Grounds. No matter the experiences and victory you are enjoying right now, there are still grounds to gain and God has prepared this territorial colonization for God-lovers (Joshua 13:1; 1Corinthians 2:9). How we are going to be gaining grounds is clearly stated in Psalm 44:3: “For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favoured them”.
So, what does it mean to gain new grounds? Gaining grounds means TO MAKE PROGRESS (Exodus 14:15; Deuteronomy 1:6; Proverbs 4:18). God expects us to enjoy progress not just engage in perpetual motion. His expectation is that we lead progressive lives, lives that continually bear good fruits (Psalm 92:13; John 15:8). Gaining grounds is TO GROW AND TO INCREASE IN CAPACITY (Luke1:8; Luke 2:52). To grow is to be able to do today what one couldn’t do yesterday, to be able to win where one lost in the past because one’s capacity has increased. To gain ground is TO ACHIEVE MORE (John 14:12), to have greater results and to have greater influence. Lastly, to gain ground is TO INCREASE IN PROMINENCE Mordecai’s fame cut across continents in the days when there was no social media (Esther 9:4), all Israel, from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD (1 Samuel 3:20); news about Jesus spread abroad (Luke 4:14); The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart (1Kings10:24). You are next! God has called us the light of the WORLD, not of a CITY – there are territories waiting to hear from you.
You need to understand that gaining grounds is our divine mandate: God said to man in Genesis 1:28 to subdue, take charge, fill the earth, spread. Gaining ground is an instruction (Acts 1:8; Luke 19:13). We are to OCCUPY till He comes, spread the fragrance of God’s knowledge everywhere we go until all the kingdoms of this earth become that of our God and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).
When a man is faithful in the little he has been trusted with, God will increase his capacity for much more. Know that the Church isn’t your place of assignment but of worship. Your assignment is beyond the walls of the Church; you aren’t the salt of Zion but the salt of the earth. Understand that you are an ambassador as you do what you do; understand that your work isn’t for survival but for significance. It is wisdom to place God’s purpose ahead of personal comfort.
We gain new grounds when opportunities present themselves as a result of the inaction of other people. Understand that nature abhors a vacuum; so if you are going to gain grounds you’ll need to fight for the grounds (Joshua 1:3), you need to fight for control. Any territory you are slack in occupying cannot remain unoccupied forever. If you don’t take what is yours, another person or thing will occupy that ground.