THE PROMISE LAND AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Exodus 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17And I have declared that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.

Many of us today struggle with issues that get in the way of our relationship with Jesus and fully experiencing the abundant life that He came to give us [John 10: 10]. Through the preaching of the Gospel message we are introduced to a Creator God that loves us to the point of becoming man [John 1] in order to pay the price of our sins and to reconcile the severed relationship between God and man.


I am impressed by the Holy Spirit to spend some time [a series of devotionals] to encourage us all [myself included] in a journey that will, if we allow, open up our understanding, giving us wisdom and discernment, as to how to overcome the “issues of life” [Mark 4] and enter into the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.


Many of us associated with Boresha and the Body of Christ in general are, at the very least, distracted and negatively influenced by Fear, Worry, Doubt, and Anxiety brought on by life’s circumstances, our bad decisions, silence from God, and the trials that we all must face if we are to grow in the knowledge of God.


These emotional issues [fear, worry, doubt, and anxiety] are enemies of our soul that Jesus came to overcome and deliver us from. His departing words to His disciples prior to His crucifixion can be found in John 14-15-16; and part of what He had to say was:

DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me” John 14:1
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”John 14:27.

Paul in his letter to the Philippians church [4:7] wrote:

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Listen, I think that God wants us to look at LIFE through the Word of GOD [Romans 12: 1-2] and then HE will prove to us what is good, holy, acceptable and HIS perfect will.


Our Creator took on the form of a man in order to reconcile us to Him; to re-establish the relationship that He originally created us for and in the process give us abundant life here on this earth.


The reason I choose Exodus 3:17 as a starting point for us is to amplify the fact that Jesus came to bring us into His Kingdom [the Promised Land] and that there are enemies of our soul that are trying to destroy us and are inhabiting a place in our lives that we need to overcome. For the nation of Israel those inhabitants were the: Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. For us those inhabitants look more like Fear, Worry, Doubt and Anxiety.


When we struggle with these enemies how will we attack them? Well we should possibly take a lesson from Joshua. When he entered the Promised Land crossing the Jordon River the first thing he ran into was the walls of Jericho. The city was inhabited by an ungodly society that God want Joshua to conquer. 
Joshua responded he fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and cried out: What says my Lord to His servant?

Are we trying to fight our enemies on our own, in our own strength, in our own way, in our own timing? Perhaps as we experience issues such as worry, doubt, anxiety, and fear brought on by life’s experiences, circumstances or even a prolonged silence from God we ought to fall on our face before our LORD and worship Him and ask HIM, “what says my LORD to HIS servant?”.


God says to Joshua, 
“And the Lord said to Joshua, See, I have given Jericho, its king and mighty men of valor, into your hands”. So He gave Joshua a plan of attack. GOD first declare victory and then provided a way to the victory. Jesus has already secured our victory, HE has overcome the world for us and HE has a way for us to remain victorious. All we need to do is to seek HIM, depend on Him, and trust Him for guidance.

BTW, as I was meditating on a portion of scripture and struggling with an issue that could have gripped me with fear the Holy Spirit encouraged me with a definition of L.I.F.E. – “Living In Full Expectation” of what God can do in me and through me.


More to come.


B Blessed!

Len 

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