PRODUCING THE PROOF OF DIVINE DESTINY
During the past few months, you have been on a quest to eliminate hindrances that will prevent you from fulfilling your divine destiny. You have learned strategies for dealing with disobedience, the tongue, the mind, the world, the flesh, and the devil--all problems that resulted in Israel forfeiting their Promised Land. Because of these unresolved issues, Israel rebelled against God and was relegated back to the wilderness. After forty years of wandering and the death of the generation that refused to enter in, a new generation returned to the border of their inheritance. This time they did not question. They did not fear. They did not rebel. This time, they achieved their divine destiny.
The new generation of Israelites miraculously crossed a flooded river to reach their Promised Land. They marched around the massive walls of the city of Jericho and the walls collapsed. Israel came into their destiny producing the proof that God’s power was greater than that of the enemy: "That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God forever" (Joshua 4:24). It was the supernatural miracles that convinced their enemy and entire nations of the reality and power of Almighty God. Even a sinful prostitute declared: "For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan…And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath" (Joshua 2:10-11).
When Jesus commissioned His disciples with the mandate of reaching the world with the Gospel, He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they received power for the task. He declared: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Jesus did not say, “You shall receive a blessing after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” He declared: “You shall receive power". For too long, many believers have stopped at the point of blessing--at the border of their promised land. They were satisfied with their salvation, or with the tongues received through the infilling of the Holy Spirit, or with the excitement of their new-found faith. They have not gone on to experience the proof-producing power of God in their lives and ministries.
In the devotional readings this month you will learn how Israel went beyond the borders of blessing to claim their destiny. You will learn how you, too, can go beyond the point of blessing into a new dimension of power. You will learn to produce the proof that God is still in the soul-saving, miracle-working business. Get ready--you are about to become a proof-producer!