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Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:24am
  Victory In the Wilderness Pt.1

Deut 27:3b
….that you may enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ just as the Lord God of your fathers promised you.

Victory in the Wilderness

VICTORY IN THE WILDERNESS Pt. 1

I believe God is about to do something amazing with His people. He is a God of times and seasons and I sense that the Body of Christ is on the threshold of an amazing outpouring of the Spirit of God. It is time for us to see the promises of God coming to pass like never before. Most of the people I have spoken to lately seem to have a similarity in what is happening in their lives. Many speak of how they are in a “transition time” and that they are “waiting on the vision” the Lord has given them to come to pass. Others speak of how they feel they are having a “wilderness experience” and are believing God to enter their “promised land”. Regardless of how it is described, there is a similarity that is too common to ignore. God is definitely preparing his people for something greater to come in the future.

The problem we face is that during this time of waiting (or transition time or wilderness etc) it can be really frustrating! I know this and can say this from my own experience as well as from hearing from so many others. The thing is that if we are not careful, we can begin to respond in a way that derails us from our purpose and what God has prepared for us. There are those I have seen who because of disappointments they have become angry with God and are no longer walking closely with Him today. Others respond by becoming disillusioned with the vision God has given to them and they begin to doubt that He ever spoke or that it was really Him. There are others who even fall into depression. The wilderness period can be a difficult time indeed! The key to getting through it is in how we respond.

As we look at the Children of Israel as they were in the wilderness, they began to grumble and complain against God and Moses His representative (Num 14:2). Because of their negative responses, they got out of faith and into doubt and wandered around in the wilderness for 40 years until they died (Num 26:65). They disqualified themselves from entering into the promised land because of their wrong response. This is definitely not how we want to end up as a Believer.

So how can we respond correctly during a difficult season of transition? There are several things I have applied in my life that have helped me during these seasons and I believe they may help many of you out there to! I don’t claim to have arrived in anyway but I can share some of the things I have learned along the way and will continue to share as I continue to learn. This is what the Christian walk is all about.

In my next few blogs I will share the 5 Keys to Transitioning Successfully. Today let’s look at the first one!

Keys to transitioning successfully (1 of 5):

1.    Remind Yourself Daily of What God has Spoken to You

Psalm 112:6

Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

When we first receive the vision of God, faith comes in our hearts. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. Whether it came while reading the scriptures or in a time of worship or through a prophecy, faith and excitement comes into us as God speaks. The thing we must understand is there is usually a period of waiting, a period of growth that has to take place before the Word comes to pass.

Therefore we need to write the vision down clearly so that we don’t loose sight of it. That way in the midst of personal struggles and trials, we can refer back to what the Lord has said to us and gain strength from His Word. There will come opposing circumstances that will make it easy for us to let go of what God has said. It may even come in the form of people who when we share with them what we feel the Lord has spoken to us, they snicker or speak words of doubt into us. They may have good intentions but the fact is that God didn’t speak to them, He spoke to us.

What is it that the Lord has spoken to you? Is there something you are letting go of? As the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance what what the exact thing God has said. Write it down and keep it always before you. Daily begin to mediate of what the Lord has said and live your life with this focus in mind.

There are some of you who you know clearly what God has spoken to you but the circumstances around you seem to disagree with what God has said. Things just don’t seem to be going the way you thought they would. Go back and remind yourself what God has said. It is not your problem to make it work out or bring it to pass. It is for you to believe. Only believe, all things are possible. What God has said He will truly bring it to pass. Today, tell the Lord that you believe and will continue to trust Him to bring it to pass!

Friends, hold fast to the Word that God has given to you. You do this by reminding yourself of what God has spoken to you!

Let us know your comments (below) and stay tuned for Pt. 2 of Keys to Transitioning Successfully….

With love,

 

Derek

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City Harvest Church

 





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