CAMPING IN CANAAN’S LAND…

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Deuteronomy 8:7-10 – “For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.”  NASU

 

We have songs in the Christian church about “Camping in Canaan’s Land” and “Crossing Jordan” all pointing to and referring to heaven.  I am about to step out on the edge and tamper with the theology of a lot of people but those songs, in my view, are misinterpretations of the Bible.  There is no question that CANAAN is, in Scripture, always THE PLACE OF PROMISE.  It is a type of the PLACE OF VICTORIOUS LIVING that the believer “legally” has in and through Jesus!  Canaan was a real place with real people and real problems.  There were enemies living in there and those enemies had to be “dispossessed” before Israel could “possess” the promise of God.  Canaan was a land flowing with ‘milk and honey’ in the natural and a place to be desired.  It was the prize plumb of the Middle East and the place that God promised Israel as an inheritance.  (That is in the natural).

I must ask a few questions to illustrate my belief that Canaan IS NOT a type of Heaven but a type of Victorious Life here on Planet Earth and a Place of Preparation for Heaven.  I know that I’m no shaky ground with some, but I ask that you give me the opportunity to explain my reasons for the interpretation I am offering.  I ask that you think about this for a moment and ask yourself, ‘exactly what is the Christian Land of Promise?’  If Jesus promised, and He did, ABUNDANT LIFE in the here and now, what is that?  I believe that virtually every believer understands that there is far more to the Christian Inheritance and Abundant Life than our initial acceptance of Jesus as our Savior.  That begs the question: “Is the Christian Promised Land Heaven/Paradise/the New Jerusalem/the Resurrection from the dead/Christ Himself?”  My answer would be yes and no.  Each of those is an integral part of our Inheritance and play a vital role in our entrance into the Place of Promise but they are not synonymous.  The Place of Promise or the Promised Land of the Hebrews was described in specific terms in numerous passages in the Old Testament.  The Christian Place of Promise and Promised Land is also set forth quite clearly in the Scriptures.  I hope I have your attention now!

REDEMPTION – The New Birth, has a specific beginning followed by a specific walking out of that experience in our lives.  There is a Goal (Philippians 3:14) that we, as believers, are aiming for.  That Goal encompasses the Ultimate Reward of Eternity with God as well as the Process of Getting to that Final Destination.  It involves the here as well as the hereafter.  If the only objective of a Christian is getting to heaven, the most wonderful thing God could do is take us home immediately after we are born again.  If there is an assignment or purpose(s) in this life that each of us is to fulfill and enjoy.  We are to be epistles known and read among men.  Our lives are to be testimonies of the Power, Love, and Purpose of God.  Victorious Living is not Problem Free Living but Faithful Overcoming Living!

TOO MANY TODAY – Have little comprehension of our Promised Position in Christ.  Many have little knowledge or understanding of their Position, Portion, or Power as a believer.  If the Bible is true, and I believe it is, then we have AUTHORITY over all the Power and Authority of the devil.  Many live more in fear of the devil than confidence in God because they are focused on getting to heaven rather than seeing the fulfillment of the Prayer Jesus taught, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth AS IT IS DONE in heaven.”  If God’s will is done on Earth in the life of every believer what would that mean?

I want to pause here before I discuss more fully the Place of Promise and the Wilderness Experience.   May the Lord be with you and richly bless you as you enjoy this day!

SECRETS IN PREPARING FOR WAR…

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2 Timothy 2:1-3 – “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  NASU

We have discussed from time to time the ‘deposit’ one makes or should be making in the lives of others.  Paul was giving Timothy, his son in the faith, some counsel regarding his ministry and purpose in preparing others to join in the spiritual warfare that is going on and will until Jesus come again.  One of the things we learned is that it is important to “Pick the Right Friends.”  I am convinced that one of the most devastating things for the church or the individual in this walk and warfare is misplaced friendships or relationships.  As the writer of Proverbs tells us in 25:19 – “Confidence in an unfaithful man in the time of trouble is like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint.”  Painful would be an understatement and adds no benefit.

Today I would like for us to consider another secret – “Pick Faithful People.”  That is an absolute for ‘fellowship’.  I have learned through observation and experience that ‘faithful people’ make the best fighters in spiritual warfare or any warfare!  Tragically the Church has given positions of responsibility and authority to people simply to get them involved or keep them coming to the local ‘sheep shed.’  That is disastrous and completely contrary to what the Bible teaches.  It is equally dangerous when we, as individuals, reach out in search for relationships out of desperation, due to rejection and a desire to be ‘approved’, ‘liked,’ and ‘loved’.  MISTAKE!

Who should Timothy have chosen?  Those who stayed when the others left!  Bear in mind, they probably were not the most influential, charismatic, and may not have been the most gifted.  They were likely just ‘regular people.’  BUT – They stayed true!  FAITHFUL!  I am so thankful to God for the friends who have stayed true through the years and the tears!

Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Proverbs 27:6 – “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.”

Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

I have learned, the hard way, that a real friend, will not sugar-coat everything and tell me only what I want to hear.  They are honest to a fault with me and as a result, they SHARPEN ME and sometimes the ‘wound’ of their words and truth hurts but that hurt leads to healing and betterment in my life.  I thank God for a friend who will be honest in love!

If you attempt to pour your life into an ‘unfaithful person’ it is like pouring water on the ground.  The Bible teaches that we are to ‘love all people’, ‘reach out to all people’, and we are to ‘avoid being suspicious, and judgmental.’  We are to judge righteous judgment not the judgment of the flesh.  So, beware you cannot pour your life out to or into everyone. Those you are going to WAR with must be FAITHFUL people!  That is a ‘heart quality’ not a ‘religious performance’ thing.

If you catch what Paul says to Timothy you will find valuable information for your relationships and labors:  “Timothy, you take what you have learned from me and commit that to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”   Do you see the process?

  • We RECEIVE and the GIVE OUT.
  • It is PROGRESSION through MULTIPLICATION.
  • The DISCIPLE is to become the DISCIPLER and produce DISCIPLES who will in turn DISCIPLE others. It is REPRODUCTION!

There is evangelism, discipleship, and fathering but to be a father you must have spiritual sons and daughters!  You reach out to everyone.  You evangelize whenever and wherever you can or there is the opportunity.  But you cannot pour your life, to the point of reproduction in everyone!  The whole of Christianity is involved in RELATIONSHIPS!  Not positions, structures, functions, gifts, roles, rules, etc.  It is in RELATIONSHIPS!  LIFE LINKS!

Paul’s emphasis and that of the Bible is FAITHFULNESS, not ABILITY.  He did not say look for ‘qualified men’.  There are scores of them, they are abundant.  He said, look for FAITHFUL MEN!

1 Timothy 5:22 – “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”

The ‘laying on of hands’ here is releasing them or appointing them to position or ministry.  You must know those you are going to war with.  You do not appoint them out of need, based on previous success, influence, or charisma. You do so after you have tested them and know they are FAITHFUL!

1 Thessalonians 5:12 – “Know those who labor among you.”

So if you are in a position to disciple another carefully choose who you pour out your life to or into.  Be sure they are faithful people who will then teach others that which you are teaching them.

God bless you as you go through your day!

 

 

 

AMERICA IT IS COMING ARE YOU READY?

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Matthew 24:4-14 – “And Jesus answered and said to them, ” See to it that no one misleads you.  5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.  6 “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.  7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.  8 “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. 9 ” Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.  10 “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.  11 “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.  12 “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.  13 ” But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.  14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” NASU

About 20 years ago while praying I saw something in my spirit that shook me to the foundation of my being and I wrote about it some in my first book.  A few years ago I had a dream that was an expansion of that vision and out of it heard the Lord tell me to write it in a book and call the book “The Price of a Principled Life”.  I have not accomplished that task but will complete it.  What I saw in both instances was an America that I thought were scenes from a WWII movie with bombed out buildings and devastation everywhere.  I saw tanks and troops in the streets, rioting, and looting and unbelievable carnage everywhere.  I saw the traditional church powerless and people ignoring it but at the same time I saw a shadow entity that began to link together and formed the shape of a man across the nation and God identified it as the “True Church of Jesus Christ”.  Invisible to the world but visible in the Spirit Realm and full of power!  I saw things that I don’t know how to describe and in the vision, there were no time frames attached but in the dream, there were and all I am at liberty to say is we are not talking about years down the road but months.

America has been spared through the years, I believe because of two things:  The Protection of God and the Display of His Power and Strength in His Church.  We have moved from both during the past few years or decades and are in danger of being outside the protective covering of God and displaying weakness to our enemies to emboldening them to attack.  A bully or coward will not attack someone they fear may defeat them.  They pick on the weak and weak-willed and the view of many of our enemies has been that we have become soft and weak-willed, based on current foreign policies and attitudes toward our military.  I’m not suggesting that our military is weak but it has been depleted of much of its resources or at least that is the perception of much of the world.  I believe that a strong military is a deterrent against foreign attack.  However, there is the other element I saw in the dream that was not in the vision and that was the attack from the inside.  The rhetoric is already being laid out by calling for taking out people, and the destruction of certain races of people and that rhetoric has not been deterred by those elected to govern.  The intense hate that is being encouraged in this nation is moving us away from God and toward a condition, the Bible calls “perilous times”.  The lack of respect for the Bible that has been and is being displayed and the lack of respect for the Constitution of the United States are opening us up to an internal implosion that will bring utter chaos to the streets of America.  We need Revival!

We have a mandate from God and as believers, we MUST act upon it or prepare our houses for the worst possible scenario and answer the question – “Can you die for your faith?”  “Can you die for your family?”  “Can you live totally by faith” I am more serious than I have ever been about anything.  AMERICA IT IS COMING!  It is coming to us!  Church it is time that we called a solemn assembly and began “fasting & praying” for the survival and revival of America!  Hear the words of Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 – “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” NKJV

That is our mandate and if we do not take it to heart then do not say you were not warned!  God does nothing without revealing it to his prophets. I’m not calling myself a prophet but he did say your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams, I’VE HAD BOTH and one confirmed and expanded the other!  I trust what I have seen and know that it concurs with the Bible on more fronts than I have time to declare!  This is my call, my plea for THIS NATION to FALL ON OUR FACES IN REPENTANCE AND PRAYER!  Our nation, our families, our world depends on our response.  If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, what will you do when horses come?  If you’ve struggled in times of ease what will you do in times of trouble?  Judgment is upon us and, I believe God is giving us an opportunity to see His hand of deliverance, but it is now in our hands!

John 9:4-5 – “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”  NASU  We have been commissioned to “go into all the world and preach the gospel…”   We have the assurance of God’s anointing, power, and protection.  We have a mission and a commission and before the full brunt of  PERILOUS TIMES steals multitudes and sends them into eternity lost – Let us spread the Good News of Salvation everywhere!   

God bless you as you enter your weekend!

THE BLESSING – Part XI – – “The Third Statement”

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Numbers 6:26 “The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” NKJV

Now let’s pick up where we left off yesterday and consider the Third Statement of THE BLESSING!  It is a particularly fascinating statement, at least to me.  In this statement we find what can be identified as a “Hebraism” – – “Lift up His Countenance” which is obviously another word for “face.”  BUT, the expression “lift up” is a “Hebraism” that means to “catch someone’s eye in a crowd.”  That makes this interesting.

Simply – It means that as I walk through life TODAY, in the middle of the world full of people, GOD “lifts up His eyes to find me”.  His eyes are on ME!  He “knows” me and I “know” Him.  That can either be of tremendous comfort, as it is to me or be a horrifying thought if you are living outside His covering and care.

Psalm 4:6-8 – “There are many who say, ‘Who will show us any good?’…  [It’s come to that.  Things are that bad.]…  LORD, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.  7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. 8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;  For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”  NKJV

Think about what the Psalmist said.  “Gladness is in my heart because God looks on me.”  Things may be bad, but God has His eye on me and I’ve got my eye on God, so I can lie down and sleep in TOTAL CONTENTMENT and PERFECT PEACE knowing that He has it all under control and is actively working on my behalf.

Psalms 34:15 –The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.” NKJV

THE FINALE OF BLESSING:

Is found in this word PEACE!  It is worthy of spending a lot of time on but I want to briefly consider this ALL IMPORTANT WORD!  Remember this is the finale of THE BLESSING! 

This is a word that sometimes in Scripture, emphasizes the whole idea of BLESSING.  You know the Hebrew word for this, it is SHALOM!  I think it is somewhat sad that the translators have largely translated it “peace”.  It really doesn’t mean “peace” as we think of peace.  It is more.  It is a huge word.  Huge in all that it means and means here in this context.

SHALOM:  Wholeness.  It means Health of Spirit, Mind, Emotions, and Body.  It means Life and Fertility.  It means health to everything I am, everything I own, and everything I am involved with.  It means WELL BEING!

Please follow me here – – it is the absence of Loneliness, Anxiety, Fretting, Worry, and Apprehension.  It is WELL BEING!  It means PROTECTION from ALL EVIL and more!

FOR UNDERSTANDING AND EMPHASIS:

Remember in the New Testament – – (the parable has nothing to do with what I’m talking about, I’m just looking at the word used).  Remember, when Jesus talks about the “Strongman”, and binding the “Strongman”?  Get that in your mind it is important.  Jesus said“When a strongman fully armed guards his own home, his possessions are undisturbed.”  The word undisturbed is SHALOM!

NOW DO YOU SEE IT?  The picture is that when a man has all his guns, his electric fence, and his Dobermans in the yard – – NO ONE is going to touch him or his stuff.  THAT’S THE WORD!  It means “undisturbed” because you are protected from ALL EVIL!  You’ve seen this in Psalm 121 and Psalm 91.  We are KEPT in our going out and our coming in!

PLEASE UNDERSTAND – – It does mean PEACE in the sense that I have Peace with God!  It means Peace with Self!  It means Peace with Others!  It is PERFECT PEACE in the midst of turmoil.  So it is PEACE but it is so much more and we often miss that!

Please be careful to understand that it does not mean PEACE in the sense that the War is Over!  It means that the entire crazy, deranged world and all its lunacy going on around me does not disturb me because I am walking in the middle of it AT PEACE!  That’s Shalom!

Therefore, if I am now BLESSED with ALL Spiritual Blessings, then I have the “outward” temporal form as well as the “inner” aspect of BLESSING!  Remember, according to the New Testament we are living under a “Better Covenant” with “Better Promises.”  I don’t know about you, but it cannot be “better” if it has “less” than the Old Covenant.  Right?  This causes my shouting shoes to begin to bounce up and down!

NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE:

But, I’ve been told that under the Old Covenant, God “healed” but under the New, He makes you sick.  I’ve been told that under the Old, God increased your flocks and herds, but under the New, He makes you wretchedly poor because He wants to teach you a lesson and because He loves you so much.  SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THAT FOR ME!  To be a BETTER COVENANT, for me, means it takes in everything that the old one had and improves on it!  It most assuredly does not take away from it!  Does that make sense?

So as I wrap this up let me say:  “Today, in Christ Jesus we LIVE in THE BLESSING!  It has been purchased for us through the FINISHED WORK of our Lord Jesus Christ!  It is our Heritage.  It is our Covenant Privilege! “  So without hesitation, I declare that I fully believe, biblically, it is God’s desire that we walk in “Blessing” – “Shalom” – “Wholeness”.  He wants us to just relax and respond to Him in PEACE!

As you go through this last day of the normal work week and enter your weekend may you do so with a new sense of His Blessing, Provision, and Protection!  I declare unto you:

Numbers 6:24-26 – “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” NKJV

God Bless You!

THE BLESSING – Part X – – “Statement Number Two”

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Numbers 6:25 – “The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;” NKJV

Let’s move into the Second Statement of THE BLESSING and glean its treasures in as short a span and space as we can.  You could literally write a book on this but we will try to be as brief as possible and yet convey the important message.

HIS FACE:    Always in Scripture, the “face” indicates the TOTAL PERSON.

Let me give you an illustration that hopefully will convey what I’m saying.  If you were to ask for a picture of me, and I sent you a picture of my feet, you would think I was completely bonkers.  If you ask for a picture of me, what do you expect?  You would expect to receive a picture of “my face”Right?  Therefore, when it says: “The Face of God” it means His TOTAL PERSON!

SHINE UPON YOU:  Again this is in Pictorial Language.  It means to beam and/or smile.  It means that the “sum total” of the Person of God is “BEAMING upon them.”  In even more simple terms – “He likes us!

Unfortunately – – There are churches full of people today who, through what has been taught and what they think, believe that GOD frowns on them all the time.  They see GOD as an ogre, a bully, a tyrant just waiting for them to step the least little bit out of line and give them a whack on the head with a big stick.  They do not see GOD smiling at them!  They are bound in legalism and unrealistic religious expectations and are miserable while naming the name of Christ!  That is more than sad!

YET, the clear Scriptural Truth for us TODAY in the New Covenant is that “God’s Face” has been fully shown to us in JESUS CHRIST!  God’s TOTAL PERSON is “shining” upon us through the FINISHED WORK of our Lord on the Cross.  We have “God’s favor” not His “disfavor”.  He is looking for ways to “bless us” not ways to “punish us.”  Oh, we can bring His wrath but that is not His objective or desire!

Most of us, who are parents and even grandparents, have had and have times when we are “beaming” while watching or thinking about our children or grandchildren.  We want nothing but the best for them and when they do well we are proud as peacocks and usually gushingly proclaim their actions and accomplishments to everyone who will listen.  We have even sought ways to “reward” them or BLESS THEM!

AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU:

Isn’t it wonderful that the very nature and character of God is to extend “Grace.”  He acts toward us in grace.  It means that we receive that which we did not and cannot “earn”, do not “merit” or “deserve”.  IT’S GRACE!  He does it because HE LOVES US!  He does it because it is His desire to lavish upon us the bounties of Heaven.  He does it because He wants us to “prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper.”  It’s Who He Is!  It is not because of “Who” I am but because of “Who” He is.  Also, His “Grace” empowers us to go through whatever struggle, battle, temptation, or obstacle that is in our path.  He gives us “divine enablement” to succeed and overcome!  That’s why it is so important to put Him “first” above all else.  As we walk in harmony with Him we enjoy the riches of His Person “inside” and that flows to the outside, and not only “blesses” us but EVERYONE we encounter.  It affects everything that we do and enables us to be “demonstrations” of His Love, Mercy, Grace, Power, and Person to the world.

I HOPE YOU SEE THIS!  I know that you do.  I was a LEGALIST in the most Pharisaical sense of the word, but this truth “transformed” my thinking and my relationship with the Lord and with others.  I was enduring my Christianity for so many years rather than enjoying it.  I loved God and wanted desperately to please Him but was convinced that I could not because of my human frailty.  I attacked everything that even remotely seemed out of line with the Bible and there is no question that I alienated more people that I could ever go back and rectify.  In fact, I have asked the Lord to allow me to go back to Churches and people that my LEGALISM affected destructively and apologize and preach this to them and ask their forgiveness.  He has allowed me to do that in a small measure and that’s another reason that I so desire to have everyone that I can get an audience with to hear the truth of “Blood Covenant”.  It will transform your life, it did mine!

We will put this on hold until tomorrow and then look at the “Third Statement” of THE BLESSING.  May God allow you to get it so deeply in your spirit that He Likes you and His Face is BEAMING when He looks at or thinks of you and that His Grace is more than sufficient for you in ALL THINGS!

May you have a most blessed and joyous day.  Blessings!

 

THE BLESSING – Part IX – – “And Keep You”

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Numbers 6:22-27 – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”‘  27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”  NKJV

Let’s begin where we left off last time and consider the second part of the first statement of verse twenty-four – – “And Keep You.”  That’s part of the “Blessing”, but it’s more than that!  It’s Protection!  It’s Energy!  It’s LIFE!

Psalms 121:1-4 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?  2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” NKJV

What a powerful passage!  When I’m asleep I am still “kept”.  I’m “kept” whether I’m asleep or awake. I AM BLESSED!  I sleep in “Blessing”.  I nestle under the coverlets of “Blessing” – – I AM KEPT!

Psalm 121:5 – “The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.”

THAT IS – – He is standing on my right hand so that he casts His shadow over me!  He is standing beside me and protecting me!

Psalms 121:6-8 – “The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” NKJV

“The Lord Bless You & Keep You…”  The Psalmist says, “let me tell you what that means.”  You are KEPT in your “innermost person.”  KEPT when you go out and when you come in.  KEPT when you sleep and when you wake.  YOU ARE KEPT!

Psalm 91 – – – READ IT…  This is a Psalm written based on THE BLESSING!

You name it, this covers all the bases.  There is nothing from Earth, nothing that can be spewed out of hell, that can penetrate His KEEPING POWER!  The man of Psalm 91 says, “Let it come. I walk in the middle of it.  I’m protected.  I AM KEPT!”  [Jesus quotes that to the Disciples].  It is THE BLESSING!

HEAR ME CAREFULLY:

That was their “mindset”.  They lived in this!  Every Israelite, when he began his day received those words attended by the Power of God and “knew” that GOD was keeping him/her and blessing him!  It covered every aspect of life!

You and I are part of a Better Covenant established upon Better Promises.  This was the Covenant of Sinai and if they had this under the Sinaitic Covenant and the Abrahamic Covenant – – We live in the fulfillment of the Abrahamic and a Better one that the Mosaic.  WHAT THEN DO WE HAVE?

TODAY – – We have the Peace of God that passes all human understanding and keeps/guards the hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!

Psalm 23 – – Is applicable here.  Read it, digest it, devour it, and discover it in a new light.

This is the song of a man who “understood” this BLESSING!  When his enemies were pressing him, he said:  “The LORD is my shepherd, I SHALL NOT WANT….”  Why?  Because He gives me a bed in the lush green pastures, drink from the calm still waters, restores my soul, leads me in the path of righteousness, banishes fear and provides divine protection, gives me provision in the midst of my enemies, anoints me, and His goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life and allows me to dwell in His presence perpetually!  HOW CAN YOU BEAT THAT?

I want to give you one more example but so you will understand how the word was used centuries ago consider this:

THE KEEPS – – In European castles there is, at the entry of the castle a place called “The Keeps”.  Before you got into the castle proper you had to go through “The Keeps”.  It was a fairly small area with a catwalk around the upper portions where archers and other defenders could hold off a very large invading force.

Jesus has declared Himself to be our KEEPER which means that for anything to get to us, it has to go past Him.  UNLESS, we by our own free will and rebellion place ourselves outside the safety of “His CoveringWE ARE KEPT!  [John 17:12-15; 1 Timothy 1:12]  You can “rest” in the KEEPING POWER of the Lord!

We will conclude here with this first statement and pick up the Second Statement tomorrow.  So, as you go through your day and the rest of your life I hope that you walk in this knowledge and the provision of THE BLESSING!

May you always know that the LORD is your keeper!

THE BLESSING – Part VIII – – “Breaking It Down Further”

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Numbers 6:22-27 – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”‘ 27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”  NKJV

Let’s begin today’s journey at yesterday’s stopping place and go a step further in considering the statement:  THE LORD BLESS YOU!  It also meant LIFE.  Actually the word means “fertility”.  I find that fascinating.  Although time and space is of short supply please note:

Leviticus 26:4-13 – “…then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5 Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. 6 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land. 7 You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. 8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. 9 ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.

10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. 11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves;”  NKJV

I urge you to pay particular attention to all the areas of The Blessing!  There is to be Blessing upon your land so that there is rain at the right time so everything will grow properly.  (Spiritual application in that can be seen too).  There is Blessing in terms of your walk with God!

Deuteronomy 28 – – Please take time to read this chapter and digest what it declares.

There is not the time or space to insert it here, but it tells us that THE BLESSING will OVERTAKE US!  We will be Blessed in the city and the country.  We will be Blessed in the offspring of our bodies.  It is BLESSED!  BLESSED!  BLESSED! BLESSED!

I am convinced that you are SEEING THIS!  It meant that ALL your sheep would have lambs, ALL your cows would have calves, and if you planted a seed you received a hundredfold harvest.  It was FERTILITY!

HEAR ME PLEASE:

There is an “Energy” working in your body, in the bodies of your animals, even in the very earth that you have walked on.  There was an “Energy of Fertility”.  It would draw the clouds over your land and make it rain at the right time.  It is part of God’s Blessing!

Another very important point – according to Covenant there should be No Drought or Flood!  That’s part of the Noadic Covenant.  If you “are” The People of God then it’s yours!  God has promised life!  Life in “everything” that you touch!  The “key” is that it all begins and must begin IN OUR SPIRITS!  God said:  “I will walk in the midst of you….”

Let me give a Gentle Warning here.  If you are seeking “material riches”!  If that is your primary focus that’s the very place where Israel went wrong!  They, like many today, hear the tail end of it and think its MONEY, MONEY, and MONEY!  At that point, all you have is “Baal.”  He was the demon god who promised the same thing!  Fertility money, only he didn’t demand all the other stuff like “walking with God”, “loving your neighbor”, “living a righteous life”, and “putting God above all else.”  Essentially these were INNER RICHES!  They were expressed in “outward.” Does that make sense?  Wealth and riches are really spiritual.

If you think that “wealth” is money in your hand then I can point you to many humanistic, flesh oriented, godless people who are “rich”.  BUT, if you can understand God’s definition of riches you will realize that it is an “inward” thing.  Many of the millionaires of the world are the Poorest People in Town!

That’s why I say, based on this understanding and the Bible that a “righteous man” CANNOT BE POOR!  Why?  Because he is “rich” on the “inside!”  He has NO SENSE OF NEED OR LACK!  He is rich in his “spirit”, “emotions”, “soul”, and “body” regardless of the amount of cash he has in his pocket or in the bank!  By the same token, “poverty” is also an “inward” thing.  You can have money and still think with a “poverty mentality”.

I HOPE YOU ARE FOLLOWING ME HERE.  This BLESSING begins at the “innermost” part of you.  It causes you to WALK with God with a mind filled with JOY & PEACE.  It gives you a sense of “greatness” and the LOVE OF GOD that provides my every need!  THEN, the wealth, when it is there is just an “outward expression”, and when it isn’t there, I know that I shall NEVER BE IN LACK!

What I want you to see is that when the priest raised his hands and said:  “The Lord Bless You and Keep You….”  To them, it meant IT IS DONE!  The Lord wills myHighest & Best. He is bringing me to my Fullest Potential as a human being this day!  He is “energizing” me and everything I touch.

Tomorrow we will dig a little deeper into the second part of this statement:  “…And keep you.”  That’s part of the blessing, but it’s more than that.  It is protection, energy, and life.

So, until tomorrow may the Lord guide your footsteps into the place He has chosen for you to occupy and may the blessings of God overtake you and even overwhelm you.