Promised Land Getting There

God invites all of us to enter and live life abundant in the Promised Land. Do we know how to get there?

The book of Exodus tells us the Promised Land flows richly with milk and honey.

Today this means to us a place of rest, peace and joy.

Moses led God’s chosen people forty years thorough the desert in search of the Promised Land.

The Lord’s parted the red sea and delivered them from Egypt.

Yet they still were not at ease murmuring and complaining.

Their journey through the desert into the Promised Land should have taken 11 days.

The wrong mindset lengthened their trip forty years.

Moses the leader God chose to deliver his people from bondage.

He too like the rest except for Joshua and Caleb were not allowed to enter into the Promised Land.

Moses who over and over again did what was asked of him.

When striking the rock for the second time he did not follow the specific instructions the Lord gave Him forfeiting the means to enter in.

Joshua and Caleb believed and followed God completely enabling them to enter.

Whatever obstacle was seen or giants they faced was not as big to them as what God had said.

Their belief in God’s Word was greater and therefore conquered all that was against them.

It was their deliberate obedience and faith that got them there.

Although Moses did not lose his salvation and received eternal life he did not arrive at the Promised Land filled with joy and peace.

It is the same for us today our eternal life is promised and sealed.

However quite often the abundant life available is not in use.

The Lord wants to lead each of us out of (the desert) our spiritual bondage and into His peace and joy the Promised Land.

As we just seen the only way in is with complete trust and obedience in the Word.

Let us follow all of God’s commands in order that we receive all of His blessings.

Enjoying peace, joy and rest in Him. Amenpromiseland

Devotional from Wisdom Hunters

WISDOM+FROM+GODBecause your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people, that they would become accursed and laid waste, and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the LORD. 2 Kings 22:19

God responds well to a responsive and humble heart. It is guaranteed an audience with the Almighty. His heart is drawn to humility and commitment to obedience. He knows a responsive heart can be trusted with His truth. So when He finds someone responsive to righteousness, He has found someone who can be entrusted with His blessing. A responsive heart is teachable, tender to truth, and quick to obey. It is the opposite of a hard heart.

A hard heart stews in the juices of sin, while a responsive heart flees from sin’s appearance. A responsive heart is action-oriented and chooses to change for good. You may have an attitude of distrust or anger, but the Lord’s conviction penetrates your spirit. Instead of making excuses for this unacceptable behavior, a responsive heart seeks to become trusting and forgiving.

God and godly influences are constantly suggesting, teaching, convicting, and prodding you to conform to the character of Christ. His Word speaks to your heart and then your life responds to Him with appropriate attitudes and actions. Therefore, living for Jesus is an act of worship. Your responsiveness to truth is a testimony to the living God. As you obey God, others are drawn to Him and you. This is a wise habit to model for your children. If you can impart to them a tender and responsive heart to God at an early age, you have done them a great favor. Start young while the things of God are bigger than life. A youthful and responsive heart toward God has a better chance of becoming a responsive heart toward God during adulthood.

Respond to and remove any affections that compete with Christ. If money drives your behavior, then put it in its proper place through generosity. If work is your worship, then calendar time for rest and find your security in your Savior. If television or the Internet is your obsession, then unplug them for a season. Abstain from e-mail, voicemail, and meetings for a period of time and fill the void with quiet reflection around a heart responsive toward the Lord. Activity and noise can numb your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leadership.

Therefore, seek to do less, and trust God and others with what still needs attention. Others can take care of these issues but you are the only one who can manage your heart. An unresponsive heart will suffer from spiritual blockage and eventually shut down. Exercise it well by responding to the things of God. He is looking for humble hearts to invigorate with His wisdom and discernment. Stay responsive to your heavenly Father, and watch in awe as He quietly, boldly, and lovingly responds to you. A responsive heart to God is quick to obey Him, and slow to sin.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep my heart tender and responsive to Your Spirit’s promptings.

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Making the Right Decision

girl HHIMDecisions in Christ are made in perfect love. The greatest decision we can ever make is in choosing Him. Because of God’s amazing love Christ chose to die for me. This decision has set me free and living the good life has personally been revealed to you and me. In love we make decisions on what is the greater good for our family. For we like Christ must not live unto ourselves. When making a decision it is our responsibility to consider the will of God and those in our life He has blessed us with. Sometimes we do not make decisions a spiritual matter because we are afraid of the plans God has for us. His plans may not be our plans. The good news is His plan is to bless us and through obedience we can be sure blessings will follow. Seek the Lord for your decision and doing so assures His good and perfect plan for your life. Christ teaches us to follow Him in all our ways.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you