Summary: What new thing is Christ calling you to? Where is God saying to go? Where in your life are you telling God “No!”?
What new thing is Christ calling you to?
Where is God saying to go?
Where in your life are you telling God “No!”?
What new territory is Christ calling this church to?
The principle of “accelerated blessing.” = “The faster you trust and obey, the faster you will receive God’s blessing.”
In Thursday’s reading, Deuteronomy 1:2 Moses says, “Normally it takes only 11 days to travel from Mt. Sinai to Kadesh-barnea.
Kadesh-barnea was the threshold of promise. It was the desert entry point to the promised land. It was the place from where they sent the 12 spies to spy out the land.
Some of you have been wandering around the desert and are now at the threshold of promise.
This church is at it’s own Kadesh-barnea – waiting to enter into the promised land of revival.
So, it makes sense that we should study the Israelites at Kadesh-barnea and learn something from their mistakes.
On the 12th day the Children of Israel could have possessed the promised land. But, instead, they made a fatal faith killing mistake. (Pause) They stopped relying on God’s leading and leaned on their own understanding instead.
Listen, if you are trying to be in charge of your life, If you are relying on your own intellect, your own talent and strength to get through life, you are making a HUGE mistake!
God loves it when you trust and obey Him! God loves it when you rely on Him to take you though life’s journey. He rewards faith, and the quicker you trust and obey, the sooner you’ll reap the benefit of His blessing. It’s the principle of “accelerated blessing.”
We often become inpatient and want God to do something for us right now, but we forget about God’s purposes and God’s timing. We don’t understand why it’s taking God so long to answer our prayers. (Pause)
Listen to me now, if you are completely trusting and obeying God, your prayers will have top priority and they will be answered in the fastest possible time according to God’s plan. That plan may require you to wait 4 years for an answer to prayer. But if you are not trusting and being obedient, then the answer might not come for 40 years. Which would you rather have a 4 year wait or a 40 year wait?
God is moving you – God is moving us into something new, a new, fresh and deeper relationship with Him. A more dynamic walk with Christ. A new adventure in the Holy Spirit. We are about to enter this promised land and capture souls for Christ as we march under new orders from God. Let’s not make the same mistakes that the Children of Israel did at Kadesh-barnea.
We’re in Deuteronomy Chapter 1, verse 6&7. “When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on…”
If you haven’t noticed, God is beginning to move here. We’ve been at this mountain long enough. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time you’ve become trained in the Word and you should be prepared for battle. You should be ready for service in His Kingdom. You should already have your black-belt in spiritual warfare. Each one of you should be able to operate in the gifts He has assigned you. Each one of you should be at a level of maturity in Christ that you are ready for the next move of God!
Are you ready for God’s next move in your life?
God is moving us from where we’ve been camped for so long into His promise.
Church, it’s time to break camp and move on!
Verse 8: “I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it…”
God is calling us to possess the land. What is the land He is calling us to possess?
On the personal level it could be: 1. A right relationship with Him. 2. A right relationship with your spouse. 3 A right relationship with your family. 4. A right relationship with your church. 5. A right relationship with your work. 6. A right relationship with your government.
It could be that God is calling you to occupy the ideal job. One that gives you adequate pay and benefits, job satisfaction and time off to serve God and your family.
God may be calling you to a deeper prayer life, to greater effectiveness in sharing your faith, to higher levels of operation in your spiritual gifts.
God may be calling you to do a job or several jobs in this church. By the way, every job in the church is vitally important to God. There is no job more important than any other. From taking out the trash to preaching in the pulpit – every job is important to God. If you teach a Sunday School class or are asked to teach a Sunday School class, do it as if you were doing if for Jesus Himself. If your job is a greeter, then greet everyone as if he or she were a visiting dignitary. If your job is ushering, then usher as if you were serving Jesus Himself. If your job is to host a youth group event at your house, then do it as if a King were coming – because you know what? A King is coming, so whatever you do, no matter how insignificant you might think the task is, do it as unto the Lord, and He will bless you and us for it.