Summary: Part one of living in the land of WERE.
Painting God’s Masterpiece Part 3
Living In The Land of WERE
After God led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses gave them some instructions about remembering what God had done. In Deuteronomy 4:9 and 14 Moses told the people the following: “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons…….The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.” Moses told the adults to remember what they had seen and what they had been taught. He told them to also teach their children about what God had done for them in delivering them out of Egypt. Why did Moses want them to do this? So that when they got into the Promised Land, they would continue to walk with the Lord. Moses knew that should they ever forget what God had done for them they would turn their backs on Him. We will see shortly that they had a very short memory and every time that faced a challenge they forgot what God had already done for them.
This is part 3 of my series “Painting God’s Masterpiece”. In this message I want to focus your attention on the subtitle “Living in the land of WERE.” Living in the land of WERE is having a mindset focused on the past - the hurt, failures and trials to the point of not being able to see what God is doing in your life. When Moses told the people to remember what they had seen – he was telling them to remember the image. Keep before their eyes how God had delivered them. He was giving them something to see – an image to remember – so that when they arrived in the Promised Land they would have confidence in all that God would do on their behalf because He had done it before. He wanted that picture, that image of God’s deliverance firmly painted in their minds and the minds of their children. Remember, the image that we see and focus on is the image we will try to achieve. My message this morning and next week will focus on WERE and what happens when we refuse to change the image we are focusing on. By not changing the image, we continue to live in and fulfill the images of our past. This is what I will be referring to as living in the land of WERE. Have you ever heard someone say “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks” or that “someone is stuck in their ways”? This is living in the land of WERE. Living in WERE is where our minds are so focused on what happened to us in the past that we cannot process the visual image of where God is taking us today. Not only can we not process the present day image, but we also cannot latch hold on what He will be doing for us tomorrow. Through the message I want you to consider leaving the land of WERE and moving to the land of “WHAT SHALL BE.”
I. Living In WERE