God promised a land to Abraham where his descendants could dwell in peace and prosperity. In God’s season, Moses led the Israelites to the promised land. As they stand at the edge of their inheritance, there is one more opportunity to be bold and courageous. Before them is the opportunity to plant their feet squarely on the foundation of faith so that they may possess all. Will the opportunity bring a celebrated victory or sorrowful defeat?
The journey continues with the children of Israel and our own 2020 journey. Discover the truth with us as we explore the parallel between the Israelites journey and the journey of the body of Christ in this season. We ponder this truth. The majority of the children of Israel were fans of God, but never became true followers of God. This truth is evidenced by their continued actions of immaturity and failure. God has designed and appointed the year 2020 to shake the nations to define for kingdom purposes, who are the fans of God and who are the followers of God. He shaking people, He’s shaking families, He’s shaking communities, He’s shaking nations to bring separation, a line of demarcation between fans and followers. Fans are going to fall away. Followers are going to cling.
God issued an invitation to the children of Israel to come to Mount Sinai to receive the covenant. The people consecrated themselves and on the morning of the 3rd day, Moses brought them out of the camp to the foot of the mountain. The Presence of the Lord descended on the mountain in an extreme powerful display. The people feared greatly and allowed their fear to rule in their decision making. Exodus 20:21 draws a line in the sand for us. It states, “The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.” We all are being called into a deeper encounter with Him. He desires to be a Father to us who is intimately involved in every detail of our lives. We must examine ourselves and ask the question in honesty, “Is our heart drawing near or standing far off from His Presence?”
Moses chose to draw near to God’s Presence. The people chose to stand far off. God issues an invitation to each of us to draw near to Him. Yes, it can be a little scary to walk into the mysterious unknowns of God’s glory. But the blessings of His Presence hold more love and grace than we can ever imagine. Near or far… the choice is yours.
Jesus is challenging the church to embrace the hardships and disappointments of 2020 in order to press into His power, His promises and His potential for this season. If we will begin to bless 2020, bless our days instead of cursing them, and open our eyes to how we can redeem 2020 instead of retire it, God will give great victory and breakthrough.
The teaching series continues in Exodus 17 as the children of Israel are engaged in battle with the Amalekites. From this passage we learn the importance of why we must defeat a sabotage to our destiny. We also see the importance of prevailing prayer and support from others when we are vulnerable. The revelation of God’s name Jehovah Nissi is also studied. We discover Jesus Christ as our Jehovah Nissi.
The children of Israel on their journey to the Promised Land are seriously exasperating. Though God has provided for them supernaturally on two different occasions….here they are 30 days into the journey and they are still steeped in unbelief and constant grumbling and complaining. They have forgotten His miracles. They have forgotten His goodness and His plans. Before we become too judgmental, we must take a hard evaluation of our own attitudes and ask Holy Spirit to shine the Light of His Presence into the recesses of our hearts. We may need a readjustment!
Urgent message on “A Call to Prayer” for our nation. Seeking God in prayer for a righteous return of the hearts of Americans. Proverbs 14:34 states that it is righteousness that exalts a nation. Righteousness. Not a strong economy, a war chest, free enterprise, strong military might or a certain political candidate or political party. Evil is always warring against righteousness. The fight in this nation is for the destiny and purpose of our children and children’s children, and all the generations to follow until Christ’ return.