Good morning to you! I trust everyone is reigning in life today, and not stuck in the wilderness.
Today let us look at how people arrive at the wilderness in their lives.
It always starts out with the way we may incorrectly view ourselves, then we begin to think that everyone sees us the way we see ourselves, even though it is deception, accepting the lie of the enemy. The promised land was theirs to possess, but here is what they said in Numbers 13:33, NKJV “there we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers (mere insects) in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Proverbs says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” What do you think about yourself?
In Joshua 2:9-14, we see the inhabitants of the promised land happened to fear the Israelis, (just mere little insects as they described themselves). The wilderness was never meant to be mans destiny! Israel was trapped there for 40 years all because they believed a lie about themselves. Wow, they were delayed 40 years, from their promised land, (which also means their rest, as Hebrews puts it) just for believing a lie about themselves! What lies have you believed about yourself? Do you feel trapped in the wilderness? Even as you believe the lie, the enemy is utterly afraid of you, because he knows what happened to him at the cross. Just like the giants had heard about Israel and “their hearts melted, neither was there any more courage in them!” Joshua 2:11 NKJV.
The enemy knows, because Jesus disarmed him and made a spectacle of him openly, defeating and triumphing over him. Colossians 2:15.
Hosea 4:6 says “my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” lacking knowledge of what Jesus did for you at the cross, and the fact that He gave you that victory, will cause you to believe a lie such as; your guilty, your unworthy, you can’t be forgiven without sincere proper confession of your sins. The list goes on and on. Religion can be so helpful in propagating these lies. When you believe the lie you WILL condemn yourself, and the self condemnation causes you to doubt God–what he said about you. Do you feel like you are in the wilderness? You can exit today, you don’t have to delay the promised land any longer. You can step over into His rest (promised land) right now!
Learning the gospel of His grace, and believing it will forever change your life, and bring you into His powerful rest. Praise the Lord, He loves you so much!
In order to step out of the wilderness into His rest, you need to believe what God says about you, such as; you are unconditionally loved, you are always forgiven through the blood of Jesus, you are righteous; you are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
A sin consciousness (more conscious of your sins and shortcomings) is believing the lie, and placing you in the wilderness. Whereas righteousness consciousness, is being conscious, and believing who you are in Christ! Romans 4:25 Mirror Translation; Our sins resulted in His death; our righteousness resulted in His resurrection. Romans 5:1 & 18; Righteousness by faith realized means unlimited friendship with God; this is the ultimate conclusion of the Gospel. Jesus Christ is the legal authority of our testimony. Verse 18; The conclusion is clear: it took just one offense to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent.
You are righteous all the time, so stop being conscious of sin, and become conscious of your righteousness! This my friend is where the promised land, His rest is found! Romans 4:7 Mirror; Oh what happy progress one makes with the weight of sin and guilt removed and one’s slate wiped clean! Jesus wiped your slate forever clean, through His love and by His grace! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you have to jump through hoops to qualify, or you must confess every sin to be forgiven. You are now and always forgiven as a believer!
In conclusion let’s look at Romans 1:17 Mirror; The secret of the Gospel is this: God did it right in Christ; the righteousness of God means that what happened in Christ, happened to us. His faith ignites ours. (From faith to faith) He is convinced about mankind and now persuades us to believe what he knows to be true about us. The prophets wrote in advance about this life of righteousness which would be based on faith and not on personal performance. Righteousness by faith is your life! (Hab.2:4 In it (this gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed, from faith to faith. He is the Author and finisher of faith. Heb.12:1. The gospel is the revelation of the righteousness of God; it declares how God succeeded to put mankind right with him. It is about what God did right, not what Adam did wrong.
Believe what God says about you, enter His rest, and let’s reign in life together!