It is a day that we as Christians should not have to depend on a presidential decree to decide we need to praise and thank our Lord.
We have had a year of emerging into victories, out of defeats of the past. In fact, there are two ways of living the Christian life. One is ‘wilderness journeying’, and the other is ‘promised land conquering.’
The choice is ours. God does not want us forever in the wilderness. The wilderness is a place of passing through, of training for taking the promised land, but not meant to be a permanent dwelling place.
We are all brought to the Jordan River of life, and there we determine whether we are going to leave the wilderness and enter the revival place of the promised land.
We need to thank the Lord for the lessons of the wilderness experiences. We have learned from them, we have benefited from His presence and teaching in them. But now we can enter the promised land.
The wilderness saw much rebellion and defeat. Israel, the first time coming to Jordan, was afraid of the giants, and forgot the milk and honey of the land offered by God. We, in the past, saw times of fear of the giants of the earth too. Like them, we cried and wept all night as they faced the opportunity to leave the wilderness.
So, God let them die in the wilderness. We don't want to die in a wilderness, and thank the Lord we have come to the Jordan, and can thank the Lord for letting us cross over.
Some Christians today, never get to the promised land. For some today are too rebellious, too distracted, too fearful to claim their promised land revival.
We are 'writing a book' of our own life, the angels are noting in heaven what we are going through, the decisions we are making. Is our book going to be one of victory, possession, inheritance, and revival?
Once rebellious, fearful Israel had become a disciplined army. The once slaves, were finally ready to subdue the enemy. Israel had found out how to claim the promises of God.
Are we ready to claim the victory, to put aside the rebellion and fear? We need to write the next chapter of our own book, and let it be recorded in heaven, from this day forward, we intend to thank the Lord for the past mercies, and we want now to rejoice in His love.
As in that day, we can now record:
Joshua 21:45 ‘There failed not ought of anything which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel, all came to pass.’
When we first meet Joshua, he was leading the army. A battle was ensuing. The army advanced and then retreated. It advanced again, and retreated again. Over and over, the battle went back and forth. Moses was on a hill, and when his hands were lifted in intercession over Israel, they prevailed. When his arms tired and went down, Israel began to retreat. Aaron and Hur noticed this fact. So they went over and aided Moses to keep his arms lifted in intercessory prayer.
This was Joshua’s first lesson, that there is a priority of spiritual over the physical. Obedience and submission to carry on prevailing prayer is a key to victory. The Amalekites thought they were fighting Joshua and his army, but they were beaten by the intercession of Moses.
It is time we realize our victories start in prayer too. And we need to thank the Lord for this power to win with prayer. Thank the Lord this thanksgiving, thank Him for His power, thank Him you can claim victory with Jesus.
All the events of the leaving of Egypt, to the taking of the promised land, are meant to be lessons for us, especially for us of this last days.
I Corinthians 10:11
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples, and they were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come."
Can God make it any more plain? We are to learn from these stories, especially we of the last days. We need to learn what victory is about, and what we’ll learn as we enter into the conquering life, is that the lessons taught in the Old Testament were recorded to be teaching instruments for us. They had battles, victories, and claimed God’s promises.
GOD PROMISES MANY BLESSINGS. We are promised spiritual prosperity, material prosperity in heaven, blessings, revival, success, power over the devil, daily bread, etc. Thank the Lord for a victorious life.
"Be strong and of good courage."
"Only be thou strong and very courageous."
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage."
"...only be strong and of good courage.’
To enter victorious living, then and now, we need strength and courage. Weaklings, doubters, hypocrites, double-minded, fearful, cannot claim revival. At best, they get the overflow of others. It takes courage to claim God’s blessings. It takes courage to take on the devil and demons, who are the enemies of God’s people.
‘BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE’
It is Jesus, our Captain of the Lord of hosts, to Whom we give our devotion and obedience. Thank Him that He is leading you out of the wilderness, into a promised land. This year has been so far, a year of emerging for the children of God. Thank Him, for He is still working on us, emerging us into victories.
Happy thanksgiving !!!!