• When God calls us into His perfect plan for our life He spiritually draws us into Him through Christ Jesus which is our method of development and discipline to seek, search, and find Him and come to know Him.
• Salvation is God’s particular form of procedures and processing for accomplishing His perfect Will for the spirit Man to be reconciled and return back to his original state as it was in the beginning with the Spirit of God.
• The promise land then with Abraham (then known as Abram) was referring to a physical, natural land, a land flowing with milk and honey; but today the promise land for all believers is a spiritual place or land called eternal Heaven.
• We can only obtain the promise land through the Spirit of God, His guidance, and His miraculous interventions in our earthly lives.
In Genesis 12:1-4 God called Abram and told him to get out of his country, from his kindred, from his father’s house to go to a land that He would show him. When God calls He separates.
God went on to make a promise to Abram that He will make him a great nation; He will bless him, and make him a great nation. He promised He would bless him and make his name great, and he shall be blessed.
God went on to say in verse 3 that He will bless them that bless Abram, curse them that curse him, and in him shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abram heard God’s command and executed God’s command by departing as the Lord God had spoken to him; Lot went with him; and Abram was 75 years old when he departed Haran.
• The promises of God stands for the thing promised, and signify a gift graciously bestowed, not a pledge secured by negotiation.
• God’s Word, Will, and Way comes with no negotiations and pledges to do better.
• The promise of the Spirit denotes the promised Spirit. Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
• The promise of the eternal inheritance is the promised eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15 And for the cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
• It seems like it doesn’t matter whether I’m a Jew or Gentile, but it’s my faith and obedience that will secure my eternal inheritance from God.
• The promise of the Father is the promise made by the Father. Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of Me.
• The promise for all believers centers in Christ as the promised Messiah and Redeemer, and comprising the blessings to be bestowed through Him.
• Every born again believer attracted by the Spirit of God, God calls into the promised land by way of their wilderness journey.
• The Israelites experienced the same, for they had to go through their wilderness journey in their God Jehovah.
• They were set free from the bondage of Pharaoh, but not from the bondage of their sins, murmuring and complaining; unbelief, stubborn and stiff-necked hearts toward God and His Way of delivering them.
• Don’t reject, rebel, and complain about how the Spirit of God has and is orchestrating your deliverance in Him. God knows how to do it!
• And many of them did not enter into the Promised Land nor did they see it. They wandered in their wilderness in a constant cycle of murmuring and complaining, worshipping idols and trying to believe God at the same time, as they watch for His response. Can you see this even today in you as well as others?
• The wilderness is defined here as a desert; a tract of land or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings.
• As believers our wilderness is in our hearts harden and waxed cold; being uncircumcised, uncultivated, and uninhabited by the Spirit of God due to our lack of knowledge of the Father and His Will.
• In your wilderness journey it will bring in the reception of a new heart in which God’s nature, image, character, behavior, qualities, essence, their likeness, judgments, statues, and commands are in it and must be made manifest as you go through your journey experience.
• Our individual and personal wilderness is the making and breaking of self in turn to birth a born again, converted, transformed new creature no longer in bondage by the cares of this world, the flesh, and the devil, while God redesigns you to becoming a Son, to live as a Son, to be like a Son, to act like a Son, etc.
• This is called transformation and its result of perfection in Christ is permanent.
• Your wilderness is what’s in your heart that is an enemy to and against God.
• What’s in your heart will determine how long your journey will be.
• There is no place in the Promised Land for your way, beliefs, habits, lust, desires, and practices.
• There is no place in the Promised Land of God for your education of the world, the flesh, and the devils systems, its feelings in the knowledge of good and evil through the use of your 5-senses.
• Tradition and religion practiced in the wilderness of believers that are just saved and not converted or being transformed makes it appear that it don’t take all of this to serve God; it makes it appear that God is easy and is not a God of His Word; it makes it appear that God is soft and you can change His Way to your ways and practices of your ignorance; it makes it appear that God’s desire to have you is greater than your Will in continuing to error and be in unbelief; it makes it appear that God is not who He say that He is in His Word; it makes it appear that God is not the God that can save, deliver, sanctify, and perfect that which He has attracted to Himself; it appears to make it seem that the same God of the children of Israel is not able to bring His people into the land which He has sworn by or to the promise of eternal Heaven; etc.
• Tradition and religion is an enemy of God.
• Tradition and religion is an enemy to the Kingdom of God.
• Generations today will not hear of the mightiness of God and His power and authority to bring His people through their wilderness of circumstances, situations, and issues of their heart, because there are no testimonies of deliverances that are being told, rejoiced in, or celebrated in Christ Jesus.
• Our promised land is spiritual and it is spending the rest of our spiritual lives in the eternal Heaven.
• Our wilderness is our heart and its grounds where God comes in to sift, refine, and replace our hearts and its contents in order for us to mirror Him and become His reflection of Jesus again in the earth.
• How we reflect Christ down here determines how we will reflect His image in the Promised Land (eternal Heaven).
• Your wilderness journey experience must bring you into your rest in Him.
Hebrews 4:3-11 Read from the Book
• Though we have been redeemed don’t be grief to God!
• Your wilderness is a part of the necessary discipline for the redeemed people of God.
• STOP letting tradition and religion and its appearances in and through people that are redeemed but are grieving God more than praising Him, honoring Him, and worshipping Him.
• The years the children of Israel spent in their wilderness were due to their unbelief in God and their hard hearts to accept and comply with the changes to God’s Will.
• DON’T allow your wilderness journey to become like the Israelites 40 years of wandering because of your unbelief, transgression, and iniquities toward God through the finished work of Christ Jesus in you.
• Watching a form of godliness through tradition and religion is you seeing many believers die in their wilderness of wandering how to please God and obey His righteousness to provoke Him into giving them the benefits of His Kingdom;
• The Israelites journey was long and so will yours be all because of unbelief, lack of trust and confidence in Him, faith, un-forgiveness, no true repentance, and their unwillingness to surrender their all to be served by the Spirit of God according to His Will.
• The Spirit of God gives His directions, guidance, instructions; He has shown His power and authority over all things throughout our development and discipline in our wilderness. What is our reasoning for not changing? What is our reasoning for not growing in Him and His Will?
• When the children of Israel got to the Promised Land many were not able to go in because God had an aught with their mannerism, behaviors, and character developed and exposed during their wilderness journey and experiences.
Numbers 14:11-35 Read from the Book
• In your wilderness your heart is exposed with all your motives, intentions, habits, lust, desires, practices, etc.
• The Promised Land used in these terms is used to represent God’s intended purpose for you and I have not changed and will not change, whether we comply to His Will or rebel and reject His Will.
• God will not change His Word, Way, or Will to suit our behavior of unrighteousness.
• Sing the song “I want Jesus to walk with me”
Sunday, May 22, 2022