The Promised Land

Think about this!  It is the promised land.  That means we must possess it.  I have heard there are over 8,000 promises in the Bible.  I have been born again over 40 years and I have not possessed 8,000 promises!

I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good and the desire of my heart it to keep keeping on as I walk the runway of life to the “promised land!”

In this world we have dual focus, the hope of heaven and the reality of His presence in our daily walk.

Our life on this earth as a child of God parallels the children of Israel coming out of Egypt to their promised land flowing with milk and honey!  Millions left Egypt and two walked into the promised land, Caleb and Joshua.

Nobody has said it was easy.  Jesus told us in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)   The King James versions says tribulation instead of trouble, both words here mean pressure.

The Scripture speaks with honesty and integrity. Jesus was speaking to His disciples and wanted them to understand they would be facing trouble in the world.  They would face opposition just because they knew HIM and encounter evil simply because we live in a fallen world.

Are you prepared for this world? Do you heed Jesus’ warning?  For many of us our walk of faith is routine; worship service, perhaps a small-study group and maybe a little evangelizing.

There is nothing wrong with having a routine, but there is a fine line between a rut and a routine! As humans we want to “figure” everything out and understand what is going on.  I have found in my walk with God, I had to give up the right to understand to find the peace that passes all understanding!

Philippians 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  This is the faith walk that leads us to the promised land!

As the children of Israel were coming out of Egypt, the Lord told them all about the land of milk and honey.  He also told them He would not give them all the land in one year, or the land would become desolate and the beasts in the land become too many for them. They had been slaves; they did not know “how to” fight their evil enemies!

“I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.  I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.  But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.  Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.” (Exodus 23:27-30 NIV)

God expected them to learn to fight the good fight of faith! He expects the same thing from you and me.  That is why He gave us a Helper, to reveal the truth of His Word to our spirit.  With revelation of His Word, we thrive! Without it we dry up.

We have to learn to face disappointment and discouragement in the world.  Face our enemies and tear down the strongholds that have been built in our minds.

I urged you to go beyond “a church attender” and “surrender all!”  It is one thing to accept the Lord as Savior, but have you allowed Him to become “Lord of ALL?”

                                When we quit trying to “figure everything out” and surrender, we will experience                                                                           that “peace that passes all understanding!”

Psalms 107:20 tells us, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”  As a born- again child of God we have a deep craving within us that most of us don’t recognize as a longing to know Him and the power of His resurrection! (Phil. 3:10)

There are many voices in the world and many very tempting temptations!

We must learn to recognize the cravings of our life.  If you are not hungry and thirsty for the Word of God, then that is the first thing you ask the Holy Spirit, “Holy Spirit plant within my heart a hunger and thirst for God!”

We are what we eat in the natural and the Spirit.  If we don’t fill our body with nourishment from good food, we get sick.  If we don’t fill our spirit with the Word of God, we become full of anxiety and depression, bitterness and anger set in, and we can no longer hear “the voice of the Lord.”

Don’t die of malnutrition!  It’s your choice.  He is the “bread of life” which will sustain in the natural and spiritual world!  Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Don’t forget, it is the promised land!  You must go in and possess it!

You are not a grasshopper!  “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:33)

How do you see yourself?   Think about it!How do you see yourself? Think about it!