Apr 5th 2021 · Day 95
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The Israelites had entered the Promised Land, battered and bruised from their season of chastisement, but nonetheless victorious. They had learned some hard lessons along the way: forty years of wandering in the wilderness, being disciplined and corrected at every turn of disobedience, but finally the battle was won. They had overcome enemies from without (every other king or kingdom that stood in the way) and enemies from within (idolatry, immorality, a grumbling spirit, and other lusts of the flesh). Now it was time to inherit what God had promised, a land flowing with milk and honey.
We too have a Promised Land to inherit!
The one we are waiting for is not a land flowing with physical milk and honey, but an eternal one, flowing with all of the riches of the kingdom of God. Yet, we too, as with the Israelite nation, will have our battles and wars to fight.
Jesus warns us today, ‘Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come’ (Luke 17:1). So, please, let us not spurn the correction of Almighty God, who promises to treat us as His beloved children (Hebrews 12:7-11). Let us stand corrected when the time is right, and let us await with faithful expectation the fulfilment of all that God has promised.
In Joshua 14:6-15 we read that Caleb had waited faithfully for the fulfilment of Yahweh’s promise that came through Moses; forty-five years had passed by and he ‘wholly followed’ the Lord his God. But in our New Testament reading, we see that, as always, the Pharisees questioned Jesus, distrusted His promises, and demanded a sign for when the kingdom of God would come (Luke 17:20-21). Which one are you?
Pause and reflect: Do you wholly follow the Lord your God? Which are the battles you most struggle with?
Me and my wife, Maria, joined Victory Church in November 2019 as we moved from Birmingham so I could continue my training as an Elim minister. Within the life of the church, I lead Limitless Victory Church (our new youth ministry), and work as a Recovery Co-Ordinator at the Hope Centre.
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