Josh 14:6 (NKJV)
Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said….
VICTORY IN THE WILDERNESS Pt. 5
Probably the greatest example of determination and faith in entering their promised land can be seen from the lives of Joshua and Caleb. In the midst of obstacles and facing literal giants they chose to believe the word of the Lord and were willing to obey and step forward. There is always a time of testing before we enter into our destiny. During this time of testing we develop the spiritual muscles, the faith and character to live in our promised land. Many times it the moment before we receive our breakthrough and enter into our destiny can be the darkest. It can look to others around us (and sometimes even to ourselves) like God has forsaken us.
As we look at Christ, our example as he hung on the cross, what was the thing that he cried out, “Father, why have you forsaken me!” (Mk 15:34) In that moment he surrendered completely to the will of the Father and in that moment when all seemed lost and over to the natural eye, victory was won as He bore the sins of mankind and took the penalty for us. The onlooker that passed by that day probably shook his head and might have said, why didn’t he listen? Why was he so radical. If he had only toned down his message a little this wouldn’t have happened. If he had only bowed to the Pharisees and religious leaders maybe he wouldn’t have had to suffer?
I believe as true believers, we all desire to enter into what God has prepared for us. Unfortunately, it takes more than desire. It is not our desire that pleases God or moves him, it is our faith (Heb 11:6). This is the true test of the wilderness, the testing of our faith. Faith involves believing and faith involves doing. When we have fed our faith and believed all we can believe, when we have done all we can do… we need to stand firm and declare the word of the Lord to the giants and obstacles we are facing. We need to say as Joshua and Caleb, “You know the word which the Lord has said!”. We have to be willing to suffer hardship like Christ, Paul, the Disciples and others who made a stand for what they new to be true. We have to endure the hardship of the wilderness as a good soldier knowing that our promised land lies ahead. (2 Tim 2:3)
God is looking to and fro throughout the Earth for that man and woman who he can show himself strong through. The man and woman that will dare to believe him in the midst of opposing and negative circumstances. Those who will step out in faith and obedience for know other reason than they know that God has said. This is what it means to be a true man or woman of God.
When they are challenged by family members, friends and even well meaning men and women of God who provide heaps of natural wisdom and reasoning of facts that make their decision seem unsafe and illogical, they do not bow because they know that God has spoken and the wisdom of God confounds the wise. In the midst of doubt and opposition they declare, “The word of the Lord has come to me saying…” they speak to the mountains, the giants and that which is opposing the Word of the Lord and say, “be removed and cast into the sea…” (Mth 21:21)!
The fifth key to having victory in the wilderness and entering your promised land is:
5. Speak to the Mountains and Prophecy
What are the things that are standing in your way. What is contrary to the Will of God and the Word that God has put into your heart and spoken to you? To breakthrough, we have to speak to the “mountains” and declare the word of Lord (prophecy). There is tremendous power in the word of the Lord!
Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
In the midst of darkness the word of the Lord brings light. In the midst of emptiness and brokenness it brings strength. In the midst of seemingly impossible circumstances it brings life. When we declare the word of the Lord an anointing comes for miracles and breakthrough!
The Prophet Ezekiel stood in the midst of the valley of dry bones and God asked him if he had faith to believe that they would live. He answered if you say they can live, I will believe. The Lord commanded him to prophecy to the bones and he did. He declared, “Oh, dry bones… hear the word of the Lord!”. Only when he spoke the word of the Lord was the power of God released.What is coming out of your mouth? Are you declaring the word of the Lord or are you grumbling about the circumstances? Are you glorifying God and standing on his promises or are you glorifying the negativity in your life? Make a decision today to declare the word of the Lord. Continue to speak to the mountains and prophecy until you see the deliverance of God!
There are battles to be fought but as we apply the principles we have learned through this series, we will enter into our destiny and will see the word of the Lord coming to pass! There is a generation that is currently in the place of transition, who are traveling through the wilderness. They will know their God and will do great exploits and will enter into the promised land and will do great exploits for the Lord. Keep on keeping on…. don’t give up you are almost there!
© Derek Dunn Ministries
City Harvest Church, OC