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promise land

The Unfinished Job

Deuteronomy 8:7-9 reads “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.”

Doesn’t this blessing of the Lord sound terrific! The catch is that God didn’t just put it into their hands. The Israelites had to go in and conquer it. God said this land was theirs, the brooks and springs, valleys and hills plus the wheat, etc., where there would be no lack. Scripture tells us that they did go in and conquer a lot of what God had promised them but they did not conquer all that He had told them He had given them.

When I look at this passage of Scripture, I have to take a long hard look at myself. Let’s do a self-evaluation today. First let’s look at finances and ask ourselves a few questions. Am I tithing and giving as the Word of God says I should be? Am I remembering that God promised to rebuke the devourer for my sake if I would obey Him in my giving? Am I spending too much of my salary on things I really don’t need? Am I buying on credit when I should save for things I want? Am I saving or am I spending as fast as I can get it?

Oh well…, let’s move right along. Let’s address the health issue next. Am I eating my way into my grave? Am I careful about fat grams and sugar intake? Do I have a good understanding of what I should and shouldn’t be eating? Am I exercising other than lifting my hand to put some food into my mouth? And if I am exercising, am I really pushing or am I babying myself along so I can appease my conscience and tell myself I am really exercising? Do I want to add years onto my life, or do I want to die prematurely?

Let’s move along. Next, a quick look at our relationships. Are they all as filled with peace and joy as God would want them to be? Is there anything I can do to make them better or is it all the other person? Ouch!

Now for one last look at ourselves. Do I trust God in every area for His needed direction? Am I resting in the fact that I daily am where He wants me to be, doing my work to the best of my ability, knowing I am in the center of His full purpose for my life? God has a powerful promised land for each one of us. We, like the Israelites, must get up and go in and conquer the land. God will not just hand over wealth, health, good wholesome relationships and excellent work ethics and trust. What about you? Are there areas that need to change in your life? Will you ask the Holy Spirit to direct you how to move into your promised land, trusting God to give you the grace and strength to fully conquer all the areas of challenge in your life? Receive His direction and counsel into your heart today and enter your promised land.

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Praying Through

The old timers that I grew up around used to use terminology that I really never understood until I got older. One of their favorite things to talk about was “praying through.” I often wondered just what they really meant. Now I have an understanding of it.

I dislike walking around trying to do my work or being out with others and having something burdening my spirit. I become distracted and I know when I am like this, I am not a good listener. My thoughts are on what is bothering me.

Our verse today has a powerful truth in it. I believe it is telling us that you can pray your way into full faith, coming to the place of full assurance, even while you are still praying that your prayer has been accepted and heard; and in advance of the answer to your prayer with confident anticipation actually become aware of having received what you are asking for.

No earthly circumstances can hinder the fulfillment of God’s Word. Don’t look around you to all that is happening and get your own reasoning in the way. Remember, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he would not sink. When he focused his vision on the wind and the waves, down he would go. Look steadfastly at the Word. When we can believe without evidence, then He is ready to do for us according to our faith.

I remember the old mothers and fathers of the faith tarrying around the altar, praying and waiting on the Lord. I couldn’t figure out as a child what was taking them so long. Now I know they were “praying through” to a place in their hearts of full assurance that God was going to move on their behalf.

I have a suggestion for all of us today, myself included. Let’s shut out every other distraction, every other voice and noise, and enter our prayer closets and unload our hearts in full, every detail, every concern to Him. Let’s “pray through” to a solid position of faith, no matter how long it may take. “Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you,’” Matthew 9:29. Today, let us ask ourselves, are we ready for Him to move? Always know nothing is impossible with God. According to your faith, let it be unto you. Make a list of areas that you need to “pray through.” Make time to shut yourself away in a quiet place and begin. Let your faith arise and then watch to see what God will do. Record your answers to your prayers as record of God’s faithfulness to you.

Taken from Time Alone with God by Meredith Giles.
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