NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HIS PRESENCE
Moses was convinced that without God’s presence in his life, he would be unable to fulfill his destiny. When God called him to lead His people to the border of the Promised Land, Moses prayed...
“See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore,
THE POWER OF HIS PRESENCE
As you have learned in these devotions, God has provided you with powerful resources for spiritual battle. The Apostle Paul itemizes these in Ephesians 6:10-18: The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel, the sword of the Spirit, and prayer. These are tremendously powerful weapons for spiritual battle.
But God also wants you to have the ultimate
EYES FOR THE FUTURE
Like Israel, you will come into your destiny through claiming and acting upon the promises of God. You can be assured that every promise God has made to you will come to pass. He has sworn by Himself and by His oath:
Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and with them in all disputes the oath taken for confirmation is final [ending strife]. Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly
DO NOT BE MOVED
The Apostle Paul said, “None of these things move me--whether I was naked or whether I was in peril, or whether I was shipwrecked or whether I was being beaten.”...“none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself ”(Acts 20:24).
Paul declared, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,
DEVELOPING CONSISTENT FAITH
Some believers are up one day and down the next. Do you know why this happens? It is because we try to do spiritual things in our own natural strength.
We try to produce love. We try to produce joy. We try to produce peace. We think we must produce faith. We strive to reach our destiny. But you cannot produce love in yourself. You cannot produce joy. You cannot produce faith. And you cannot reach your destiny in your own strength.
TAKING THE LIMITS OFF OF GOD
A powerful Scripture is found in the 13th chapter of the book of Hebrews, verses 5 and 6: “For he (God) hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
When God says something, then you can say it also with absolute certainty. You can take this phrase--"we may boldly say"--and incorporate into it any promise of God.
-Let the weak say, “The Lord is the strength of my life.”
-Let the sick say, “With His stripes I am healed.”
KNOWING GOD'S WILL
There is no way that you can have faith for miracles, deliverance, and victory over your circumstances if you do not believe it is God’s will to provide these things. You will never fulfill your destiny in its entirety without this knowledge.
Jesus plainly declared what His purpose was in 1 John 3:8: “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” His purpose is also declared in Matthew 8:17 where it says, “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”
CLAIMING YOUR MOUNTAIN
The greatest power in all the world is not political power. It is not atomic power, military power, or economic power. The greatest power in all the world is the Word of God!
The Word of God, our Holy Bible, is only a part of God's revelation. The Apostle John tells us that the world could never contain all the books it would take to write down everything God has done through Jesus Christ.
The Word of God is not just another written document.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Repeatedly in your life and ministry--as you continue to fulfill your destiny--you will face monumental tasks. You will either look at these challenges and back away, or you will view them as opportunities for God to demonstrate His power.
Caleb viewed his mountain as an opportunity to gain territory for God. He had carried the promise in his heart for 40 years. When Israel finally entered their promised land, he declared...
Forty years old was I when Moses the servant
FACING A MONUMENTAL TASK
Entering into the land of promise was a huge step of faith for Israel, as entering into your destiny will be for you.
Many years ago, a dear friend of mine had to make a huge step of faith in his ministry, a far greater challenge than he had ever taken before. At that time, God gave him the following prophetic words:
“Do not look to the bigness of your need. Look to the bigness of Your God. Your circumstances are hindrances to seeing My abilities!
FOCUSED ON GOD
In the Old Testament, when God was preparing to lead His children out of Egypt, instead of their circumstances getting easier, they became more difficult. As we have learned, when God finally delivered Israel, He performed mighty miracles despite overwhelming odds. He delivered His people from the bondage of Egypt and preserved and protected them through the torturous years they spent in the wilderness:
THE GOD OF CIRCUMSTANCES
GodisaGodofcircumstances. Thatisgoodnewsbecauselifeismadeupofcircumstances.Many of the circumstances that you face are completely independent of who you are and whether or not you are serving God because "...he maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). God sends His blessings upon all people, both good and evil. It is actually His goodness, not His wrath, that draws men to repentance
YOUR SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE
Throughout this year, you have learned from the experiences of the nation of Israel in preparation for accomplishing your own destiny. The following is a comparison of your spiritual inheritance to the inheritance of Israel.
-God promised Israel material blessings in an earthly location (Genesis 13:14-17). God promises believers spiritual blessings in heavenly places: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
YOU ARE A WITNESS
In Joshua 24:25-28, Joshua calls upon the people to confirm their covenant with God. Joshua recorded all the words in the book of the law of God. Then he took a great stone, and set it up under an oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. Then Joshua said:
Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us:
A CHALLENGE TO COMMITMENT
Joshua's farewell continues in Joshua chapter 24 as he gathers all the tribes of Israel together, along with their heads, their judges, and their officers. When the people were assembled, Joshua reviewed the faithfulness of God from the time of Abraham, through the days of Moses, and throughout his own lifetime.
Joshua constantly emphasized how God had delivered the nation of Israel from evil,
LIVING IN THE LAND OF PROMISE (continued)
We are meditating on Joshua's farewell speech to the children of Israel. Yesterday we learned how he encouraged them to look back, look ahead, and look around. Today he continues strategic instructions for living in the land of promise.
Look out. Joshua warned the people to refrain from forming ungodly alliances with unbelievers. He told them that if they were yoked together with them,
LIVING IN THE LAND OF PROMISE
Joshua chapters 23-24 record Joshua's final speech to Israel prior to his death. The major battles of Canaan had been won, Israel had rest from their enemies, and Joshua was old and "well- stricken in age."
In this powerful farewell message, Joshua encouraged the people to:
Look back. Joshua recalled God's faithfulness to His promises in helping Israel secure their Promised Land.
TAKE DILIGENT HEED
In Joshua 22 we learn that the major battles for their Promised Land finally concluded. In this chapter Joshua is giving instructions to the eastern tribes prior to them returning to their inheritance. Joshua said:
But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all
FAITH THAT ACTS
Joshua was no stranger to the promises of God, nor was he a stranger to acting in faith. When Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan, Joshua was one of two who returned with a positive report of faith that Israel had the ability to possess the land. Joshua believed God’s promises and held on to them for forty years through the wilderness wandering.
After the death of Moses,
FULFILLING YOUR DIVINE DESTINY
In Numbers 13-14 when Israel came to the border of Canaan but refused to enter in because of unbelief, two men emerged as powerful spiritual warriors. One was Joshua, the man who was destined to succeed Moses as the leader of God’s people, Israel. The other was a young man named Caleb. When the other ten spies discouraged Israel from entering Canaan because of the
THE DEVIL'S DESTINY
As we conclude this month's meditations on achieving victory in the battle for destiny, let's look at what the Word of God says concerning the ultimate destiny of the devil:
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:31-32)
Now is the judgment–that means the devil is already defeated.
THE VICTORY CYCLE
Yesterday, we studied four keys that will enable you to break the cycle of defeat and begin to live your life in a cycle of victory. Today, we will examine three additional keys.
5. Release your faith. In prayer, cast all your cares on Jesus, claim God’s covenant promises to you, and release your faith to God. As you do, act on what you believe as if it were already done. Believe that you have received the answer even before you
LIVING IN VICTORY
Today and tomorrow, we will meditate on seven keys that will enable you to break out of the cycle of defeat in your life--whether it be in your finances, your relationships, your physical body, your ministry, or other areas of your life. These steps will enable you to continuously live in a cycle of spiritual victory.
1. Replace stress with peace. When Satan attacks in your circumstances,
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:10-12)