It’s been a while since I wrote to you. God has been saying things that have been huge, but isn’t it just like God to do so?
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah was one cool cat. Isaiah was responsible for calming the nerves of God’s people by pointing toward the Savior of the world. Isaiah makes it clear, God doesn’t think like us, and we don’t think like Him.
I wish we did think like Him because then we could get the full picture of what He is calling us to. I wish we could get the complete picture because then I know that I would need to do A, B, C, and D to make the image a masterpiece, but then there would be no journey.
The journey produces faith and not just any faith, one that lasts.
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”
James makes it clear. James was the half-brother of Jesus and the full leader of the church in Jerusalem.
“When you trust God, trials work for you and not against you.” — Warren Wiersbe.
Faith grows on the journey. It wasn’t less faith that made Peter fall in the water; it was faith that didn’t last. We need faith that stands the test of time and obstacles, not bigger faith. Trust develops on the journey.
“Faith makes a fool of what makes sense.” — Hillsong United
Come on now; ya’ll think I wasn’t going to drop a Hillsong line in my blog while I’m at Hillsong? Well, there it is. Someone I believe knew this concept is Joshua.
Joshua was like you and me, afraid of the unknown and his book starts with God telling him multiple times, DO NOT BE AFRAID. The Lord prepared Joshua thru discipleship with Moses. God reminded Joshua that he was ready and that He was with him.
Joshua had one crazy story that embodies this United line. Faith had Joshua lead a nation into circumcision, and then seven laps around a 430,000 square foot city with walls 12 feet high and 6 feet wide over six days, and then seven laps on the seventh day.
If I’m Joshua, I think this is crazy. Joshua said yes to God, and that’s all it took for the walls to come tumbling down, shouts to Chancellor Bennett.
All of this was en route to the Promised Land. We all have a Promised Land. What’s yours?
God makes a lot of Promises in the Bible. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob got one about descendants. Moses and Joshua got one in regards to the Promised Land. We all got one in regards to salvation through Jesus, the Ultimate Promise.
“God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”
The writer of Hebrews makes it clear; God cannot tell a lie. The Promise is a Promise that will be fulfilled.
Getting to the Promise is a journey of faith, but it all begins right now. I have been pushed to more character and integrity. Character will keep you where talent takes you.
I don’t think character and integrity are merely accomplished over night, but neither is leadership. My core trainer said the other day that “Progression is a result of influence.” I think that statement is significant in the sense that as we get more influence, we get bigger and better.
I also believe this statement makes it clear that we have to go to grow.
No great man or woman in the Bible waited on God to do cool stuff and then go get the credit. Every man and woman of God stepped out with no dollars and no sense, and God got the credit.
New Territory is on the horizon.
God is on the move.
It’s time for you to go into your promised land.
Let me ask you a few things before you go.
1) Who are you following?
Joshua’s story didn’t start in Joshua 1. Joshua’s story began back in Exodus 33:11. In this story, Joshua was following Moses and growing. Joshua, in turn, was following God. Joshua had this big desire to be where God had been so ask yourself, who are you following? Yes, we follow Jesus of course, but what leader are you following that is bigger than you that is following Jesus.
2) What do you see that others can’t?
Joshua and Caleb were 2 of 12 people sent to scout out the Promised Land in Numbers 13. They were the only two that saw what the others couldn’t. What has God given you the eyes for that other people can’t see or are telling you you’re blind? I want to say to you right now; you are not blind. Your eyes are opened wider than the other 10.
3) What fears do you need to drop?
In Joshua 1, God makes it clear that we have no reason to be afraid. God is God, and we are just supposed to say yes. What fears do you need to let go of? The fear of insecurity or inadequacy? The fear of the past or mistakes? The fear of failure? Drop them and trust God, He says so.
4) What do you need to do?
Joshua tells the people in Joshua 3:5 to get ready because God is going to do wonders tomorrow. How do we get ready? We pray. God then tells Joshua about Jericho and the strategy. Joshua may have thought it was crazy, but He trusted God so God’s approach for you is? What are you supposed to do next?
5) Lastly, what do you need to kill?
Joshua finally got into the Promised Land, but it wasn’t his yet. Joshua had to take out everything that didn’t belong. In Joshua 11, it says that Joshua and the Israelite army left no survivors, not one. What do you need to kill that doesn’t belong in your promised land? What relationships? What habits? What thoughts? Kill it all, leave no survivors.
I believe that God is on the move. Revival is now.