The Land of Promise
Our inheritance has been promised to us from God and just as He promised Moses to deliver his people from Egypt and take them into a land that was flowing with milk and honey, the same is true for us today. Children of God this is our time, it has been a long time coming but its here, I believe this is the year for wealth transfer (Proverbs 13:22) “the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” Do not limit wealth to only money because God is dealing with the spiritual things first. There is an inheritance that God is going to give us this year that will not come from the work of our hands, but from the toil, sweat, and work of sinners, a double portion of what He takes from the sinners, He’s going to give to the just (righteous). Please do not waste time as the Israelite did, today we are in the promise land and God want to release all that He has for us, just release your faith and get ready to accept His gift and praise Him all the way.
Beginning of the Journey to the Promised Land
The journey started back in the ancient days with Moses leading the Israelite out of Egypt into the Promised Land which was Canaan; this was to be the land of freedom and prosperity for Gods chosen people. Moses had to first get the people out of Egypt which was a place of familiarity, bondage, and stagnation; the people were being oppressed by pharaoh.
After getting them free from bondage through the direction and help of God, Moses had to lead them into a different direction in order to gain freedom. Moses had his orders from God and he was faithful to God’s instruction as he took up the charge to lead his people out of captivity, this was no easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Moses didn’t know where he was going, all he knew he had to go and went he did, he stepped out on God’s command, and held on to Gods promises. When Moses stepped out he didn’t look back , although he was dumbfounded as to where he was going, he kept walking forward until he reached what he thought of as the end of the road, a road block so to speak.
Moses and the people was facing insurmountable odds because they were in the desert which is an open terrain and the enemy was on their track behind them, and the Red Sea was in front of them preventing them from going any further. The people was afraid and overanxious and Moses had to stand still, take a breath and in the midst of the turmoil he had to turned to God for instruction, and the Lord directed him.
God used what Moses had to create the biggest miracle of all. Moses always walked with his rod, so God asked him what he had in his hand and tell him to lift it up to the heavens, and in obedience and faith he took the rod and lifted it up to the heavens, and God responded in a miraculous way.
The Red Sea heard God’s voice, stood up high at attention and parted drying up the ground below. I am sure Moses never thought of his staff as any significant tool other than to help him walk and herd sheep, but God used the smallest and the most insignificant thing, in addition to his faith and obedience to create an instant escape in the sight of their enemy, WOW God is faithful!
Just look at this miracle how God’s word was used as a two edged sword, on one side the way of escape and on the other side the annihilation of the enemy, I’ll bet they never saw that one coming. The enemy was first put to shame before they suffered the ultimate defeat which was death, God stopped them in their track by fire and kept them there to watch his people go through, and when He was ready for them He allow the fire to move out their way.
The enemies dared to peruse the children of God, how ignorant and self righteous they were to think that they were more than the true and living God. Their ignorance (sin) cost them their lives and God’s people were freed from the enemy, their past was dead once and for all; isn’t God awesome?
New Land – The Wilderness
The second phase of the journey was the wilderness, this is a place where you get to know God and develop a right and intimate relationship with Him. This is where you get real personal with God, learning His ways and His will, commandments, and principles for the way you should live your life; which is unto honor of Him. This is a place of shedding, renewing, and growing- a place of transition.
Transition is a place of humbleness, brokenness, self critique, surrendering, learning, decision, faith, obedience, one on one with God. There is no place like the wilderness because when its all said and done you will know who you are and what you are truly about, your character will be developed and proved, the wilderness is not only a place of testing but it is a place of triumph also. The wilderness is where you shed the past emotionally, physically, and mentally, you cannot reach the promise land without going through the wilderness, there is no short cuts or any alternative route, so be pliable and let God do His thing and you will reap the best reward if you humble your self and follow God. If you choose to be defiant of God you will also reap a reward, but it will not be one to enjoy.
The Israelites were a bunch of stiff necked people they were rebellious, ungrateful, and had a total disregard for God who kept His faithfulness to them time and time and time again. These people were happy when they got God's provision but as soon as it ran out they were cursing God, totally forgetting the miracle they saw and received. They constantly reverted back to their own destructive way of thinking and living until God gave them their desire, they spoke their fate into existence when they accuse God of bringing them there to die. In Essen what God said was, if that's what you want you got it, and all that generation died off. Everyone 20 years of age and under was spared, this was to be the new generation, the Joshua generation who would eventually make it into the promise land. Moses although faithful to God did not get to go into the Promised Land, but he was made to see it before he died, this was because of the people's sin and Moses reaction to their sin, he let them make him miss entering the Promise Land.
Final Step on the Journey
Stepping into the Promise Land, its unfamiliar territory in which you have to embrace the future and capture the vision. The Promise Land was Joshua's calling, he was to take the new generation into the land, Moses calling was to deliver the people out of bondage from pharaoh, and he fulfilled it. Joshua had the foresight, vision, and strength, he was a warrior and he was developed and mentor under Moses for such a time as they entered the new land. The Israelite has a problem, they lacked vision and they were resistant to change, this was their downfall. Joshua send in men to spy out the land and their report vary, one was weak and had a defeated attitude, he saw the enemy mightier than them, and said they were as grasshopper and the enemy were giants, and they would be unable to take the land. On the other hand the next man saw things differently, he had a victorious spirit, he saw saw them as giants and the enemy as grasshopper. He believed they could defeat the enemy and take the land. What a difference it makes when you have the right perception of things, if your view is cloudy and your faith is weak then you will make the wrong decision and shy away from opportunities that lie before you because of fear, and the opposite is true also, if your view is clear and your faith is strong you will make the right decision and pursue your opportunities and advance prosperously into your future. The Promise Land is a land of opportunity to bring you into ownership, this is where you will get your inheritance which is the blessings of Abraham, but you have to be active and move boldly towards it in order to get what belongs to you.
Different time period, same problem
Things are the same today as it was then because the bible state that there is nothing new under the sun. Our Egypt is our environment, we are being oppressed by our economical system, as well as our mentality. We allow our circumstances to govern our thoughts and our thoughts govern our attitude.
Today if you walk by sight and not by faith you will most definitely have a defeated attitude, because your life will be one of lack, poverty, fear and anxiety. However if you walk by faith and not by sight you will have a victorious attitude, a peace that passeth all understanding, and a closer relationship with the King of Glory-God our Father.
Our generation are bound by generational curses and they are fixed in their way of thinking, and believe system in which they do not stray far from.. Egypt is a place where people do not have ownership, they are slaves to their owners and oppressors, therefore they become chained and bound into a state of lack and defeat. Egypt is a place where you cannot move freely, you cannot change direction easily, so it's very hard to effect real changes in your life.
if people are not careful they will continue to foster the same Egypt mentality into their children lives and they too will suffer the same the same defeated lifestyle.The wilderness is all around us, although there are many people, places, and things that surrounds us, people lives are barren and that make the promise land seem unattainable to them, because they are limited in their vision therefore they do not actively pursue other opportunities.
Children of God is seeking God for everything, and He tells us that we must first seek the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and everything else shall be added unto us.” You see its God’s desire to take you out of bondage (Egypt) and take you into the promise land but there is an in between, which is the journey out of one place into another, and that is where most people loose faith and give up because they are not willing or they refuse to submit and be obedient to the will of God.
To come out of Egypt/poverty it takes faith and trust in God. In order for us to move from the known to the unknown, from familiar to unfamiliar, from dark to light, from barren to a place of wealth and prosperity and effectively change the course of our lives, we must have a hunger and a desire for something greater. We have to look inward and release everything we know it to be over to God, and let Him transform us so we can get everything he has for us. It is hard for people to leave their comfort zone even though that zone is filled with hardship and misery because it is all that they know and they have become accostume to that life system.
To leave Egypt and journey towards the promise land you have to have perseverance to endure the pressure and the trials that will face you as you forge towards your new future because the journey will be a bit rough, but if you press on you will make it.