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Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 06:17pm
  Victory in the Wilderness Pt. 5

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….

 

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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!

 

With love,

Derek

© Derek Dunn Ministries

City Harvest Church, OC





LABELS: breakthrough, perseverance, persistance, strength, victory, wilderness

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 07:00am
  Victory in the Wilderness Pt.4

I hope you have been blessed by this series. The truths shared are not just theories but they are things that have been lived and experienced. Thank you for your emails and comments on our blog. We have been encouraged by those who have shared how the Lord has spoken to them and how they have been blessed.

In this blog we want to continue to share with you the keys to having victory in the times of transition- the wilderness. It is important to understand the areas we are tested in on the way to our promised land and how to maneuver through them successfully. We have looked at the importance of not forgetting what God has spoken to us about our promised land and how we need to stay in the presence of God and not get beyond his leading. In Pt.3, we looked at the importance of managing our soul- our mind, will and emotions. In this blog, I want to share the 4th key to having victory in the wilderness: Getting Support from Others.

Eph 4:16 (TLB)
—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

 

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VICTORY IN THE WILDERNESS Pt. 4

Have you ever heard the slogan, “Together we are better!”. As Christians we are connected to one another. Together we are better! The Bible is full of scriptures that speak to us about how as believers we are part of Christ’s Body (Rom 12:4-5, 1 Cor 12:12, 18, 20-27, Eph 2:19, Eph 4:25 etc). In Ephesians 4:16 (TLB), we are told that each part of the body helps the other parts to be healthy and grow.

As we navigate through the wilderness experience, it is a time where we can fall into the danger of isolating ourselves from others if we are not careful. As we struggle, sometimes we feel like Elisha.. that we are all alone and no one understands what we are going through. We feel alone. We withdraw. The danger in this is that if we cut ourselves off from others, we cut ourselves off from God who is in them. Many times God wants to bless us through others and if we are not positioned correctly, we can not receive from God through them.

I recently read some interesting statistics that show how IMPORTANT relationships are in our lives. The American Institute of Stress conducted research on 232 patients who had undergone cardiac surgery. Of those patients, 21 died within six months. Here are two of the significant mortality predictors that they listed: “a lack of participation in social or community groups” and “the absence of strength and comfort from religion.”

In his book, Making Room for Life, Author Randy Frazee cites this report as indicating that social activity can predict cardiac mortality as strongly as elevated cholesterol levels. He said the studies show that social isolation contributes to illness and death as much as smoking. Then he gave this humorous advice: “So if you feel you must smoke, for goodness sake, don’t do it alone!” Henry Cloud in How People Grow writes, “Virtually every emotional and psychological problem, from addictions to depression, has alienation or emotional isolation at its core or close to it. Recovery from these problems involves helping people get more connected to each other at deeper and healthier levels than they are.”

God created us to be relational. Outside of a relationship with God, we will never be fulfilled. It doesn’t stop there though, we cannot fully relate to God if we don’t relate to one another. When we come together and encourage and strengthen one another, we are healthy and we grow!

Are you disconnected with those whom God has placed in your life to be a blessing? Maybe you have been hurt, misunderstood or maybe you just feel that no one understands what you are feeling and going through. Don’t allow anything to cause you to become isolated and to cut out the people God has placed in your life to be a support. There is no God and me only in the Kingdom of God. We need one another and God has put the wisdom, anointing and revelation in others that we need. Get connected or reconnected today!

 

 

With love,

Derek

Check back for the conclusion of this 5-parts series and we wrap it up in my next blog.

© Derek Dunn Ministries

City Harvest Church


 




LABELS: christianity, community, perseverance, relationship, strength, support, Unity, wilderness

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