FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 9/8/2012
Saturday, September 08, 2012
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, TODAY‘S HYMN, THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 9/8/2012
Claiming Your Canaan Series - Lesson 2c.
V. 16-18 THE COMMITMENT FROM THE PEOPLE
V. 16 They Commit Themselves To A Life Of Surrender - These people make their stand with the Lord. They promise absolute obedience and surrender to the will of God.
This is the only way spiritual victory will come to any life. There must be total and absolute surrender of every area of life to the will of God and to His divine leadership. Anything less hinders the work of God in your life and mine. What are you holding back from the Lord today? Too often, we are like the men described in Luke 9:57-62. God's will is that we surrender our will and follow Him to victory. I challenge you to make a complete surrender to God. Run up the white flag today and get in line to go into Canaan!
V. 17 They Commit Themselves To A Life Of Submission - These men also promised to follow the leadership of God's man. Just as they had followed Moses, they committed themselves to following Joshua!
While I believe that there is a certain amount of authority invested in the pastoral office, and that the people of God ought to follow the man of God as he follows God's will for the church, there is a higher authority that every person must acknowledge. We are to submit to the leadership of God!
Too often, we rebel against anything that seems like authority in our lives. None of us like to be told what to do! But, may I remind you that every single child of God is a slave! When you got saved, you became the property of the Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Therefore, you have no right! You have no privileges! You have no claim to anything that allows you to make decisions for yourself. Your entire duty could be summed up in one word: SUBMIT! If you are ever going to get to Canaan, you will have to submit everything to God. Have you done that? Or, are you holding things back from the Lord? Canaan is only for those who are subject to the will of God!
V. 18 They Commit Themselves To A Life Of Separation - Finally, the people commit themselves to separating from those in their midst who refused to comply with the commandments of the Lord. And, their separation was so strong that they vowed to put to death anyone who rebelled against the leadership of Joshua. These people knew that allowing rebellion in their midst was a sure way to guarantee defeat.
Again, the lesson for us is clear today. If we want to walk in victory, we must practice separation in our lives as well. We should separate ourselves from anything that would prevent us from having victory in our lives. Whether it be from certain people, in the way we dress, the way we talk, the things we watch and do, where we work, how we think or in any other area of life. If it is a hindrance to your entering into your Canaan, then it must go. Otherwise, you will always be defeated and in danger. Even as I speak, you already know what it is that is holding you back today. You need to get that things settled today!
Conc: Canaan land is our land! It has been given to us by the Heavenly Father and all we have to do today is to march in and claim it for ourselves. However, while it is ours, it isn't cheap! If you really want to walk in spiritual victory and live in Canaan land, then you will have to pay the price.
Christian, what is it going to take to get you into Canaan today? Are you willing to pay the price, whatever it is? Or, are you more willing to stay on the other side of Jordan and be the first to fall in times of trials? It is entirely up to you today!
You who aren't even saved, if you were to die, you would go to Hell and you don't want that to happen. I would like to invite you to come to the Lord Jesus today and receive Him into your heart by believing, obeying and following Him. He loves you, He died for you and He will save you if you will come to Him today.
I don't know you heart, but I do know there are more Christians east of Jordan than there are in the Promised Land. Why not get in today?
“Beulah Land” By Edgar Pages Stites (1875)
I’ve reached the land of corn and wine,
And all its riches freely mine;
Here shines undimmed one blissful day,
For all my night has passed away.
O Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land,
As on thy highest mount I stand,
I look away across the sea,
Where mansions are prepared for me,
And view the shining glory shore,
My heav’n, my home forevermore!
My Savior comes and walks with me,
And sweet communion here have we;
He gently leads me by His hand,
For this is Heaven’s borderland.
A sweet perfume upon the breeze,
Is borne from ever vernal trees,
And flow’rs that never fading grow
Where streams of life forever flow.
The zephyrs seem to float to me,
Sweet sounds of Heaven’s melody,
As angels with the white-robed throng
Join in the sweet redemption song.
THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father Almighty, God of Life! We are thankful for Your great love and Divine protection. We are grateful for Your Heavenly guidance and Jesus’ Leadership. We bow before You for the Provisions with which You bless us daily. We thank You for Your Saving Power and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank You for forgiving our sins and restoring us into Your Grace. Help us to be eager to learn more about Your Will and Your Ways. Thank You for the scriptures that blesses us with Your Marvelous Story. Grant us open-hearts to drink in Your Word, so we can live our lives in service and worship to You. This we ask in Jesus’ Powerful name. Amen!
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