‘I AM’ Study Round One Lesson Fifteen

‘Full Circle’

Key Text:

Numbers 14

Numbers 32:16-18

 

Ahhh..Finally!! Week Fifteen! You have been a patient bunch of girls. Life has been crazy busy around my house. I am so glad to be getting back to this study. Let’s get straight to it!

In Lesson 14, we alluded to the fact that sometimes we can feel we aren’t truly living in our place of Promise (or abundant, effectual living) simply because we are still fighting. We were able to spiritually map ourselves depending upon whether our struggles were centered on lack of faith/belief in God or the attacks of the Enemy. At this point in the study, we are so close to the Promise we can almost taste the milk and honey that flow there. Don’t stop now! If you are like me, the middle can be a much more comfortable place to be instead of within inches of the finish. I can use this study as an example. Only two lessons to go and I find myself stalling – not for lack of zeal but because in some weird way, I dread the let down when it is over. I don’t know how NOT to fight. For me, the days without struggle are the ones that breed laziness and apathy. It’s like being 5 lbs away from the goal on the scale or within a few payments of being out of debt. The last days are the most weary and we wonder if we’ll have strength to maintain the prize. Am I talking to anyone out there?

This week, we are going to revisit Numbers 32. This is the portion of Scripture where Moses is still alive but has already been told by God he would die before crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land. As Moses’ last act of war, God has just executed vengeance upon Midian for their part in seducing Israel to idolatry. The spoils were divided amongst the tribes and the request arose from the sons of Reuben, Gad, and the 1/2 tribe of Manasseh to be given the land east of the Jordan as their inheritance since it was a suitable place for livestock.

There are many events in the Exodus account that stir my heart – many of them regretfully skipped for sake of topic and time, but this particular scene is HUGE to me. Here we find ourselves in a familiar place, one the Israelites had been before. Once again as forty years prior, the nation is standing at the edge of the Promise and here are a small number who want to remain behind. The set up is reminiscent of Numbers 14 when the nation wailed over the reports brought back from the spies about the land and its inhabitants. Only Caleb and Joshua trusted God to go before them into the Land while the other ten spies discouraged the people by spreading doubt and fear. The ensuing rebellion cost Israel forty long years and the death of the entire generation – all because ten men did not trust their God to finish the work He had begun by leading them out of Egypt.

Was this about to be a replay of what had happened forty years earlier? Had Israel learned anything in their wanderings? Which leads us to ask ourselves the very same question: What wisdom are we gaining in our afflictions? How are we reacting differently when we are presented with circumstances which yesterday would have found us in rebellion against God? There comes a time, Girls, that something has got to give. We can live in this borderland the rest of our days but this is NOT the life Your God intended for you to live! How long do we have to flounder without yet learning to draw from the well of experience we have with our God in order to let His deliverances CHANGE the way we move through this life? AFFECT our decision making? MOVE us from bondage to abundance? When are we going to stop making the same ridiculous mistakes over and over and over? God can and will clear the way for you into abundance, but He can not take the steps for you. Just like the Israelites, the Promise is there waiting for the generation and more specifically, the woman who will be brave enough to possess it.

Moses had learned a thing or two about His God. He’d been found a pauper at the foot of Horeb and had returned with a multitude at his side to worship. He’d been one afraid to even speak and yet found himself singing praises to the God of Israel in front of millions. He had been one who believed his sufficiency rested in his position in Egypt but had been taught God’s I AM is very much magnified when we are not. Not beautiful. Not famous. Not enough.

As Moses stood before these tribes believing they were about to make the same mistake – again – we can only imagine the grief he felt in believing they still did not get it. No wonder he flipped his lid! “Now behold, you have risen up in your father’s place, a brood of sinful men, to add still more to the burning anger of the Lord against Israel. For if you turn away from following Him, He will once more abandon them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people.” (Numbers 32:14-15)

And what a relief when the tribes instead told Moses “you’ve got us all wrong! We just want to settle our families and livestock. We are going to fight alongside our brothers and will not return home until every Israelite has received their inheritance.” (vs. 17-18, my paraphrase) And yet, what should have come as an assurance was still met with some doubt. Moses knew this people and their propensity to go back on their words the moment the going got tough so he charged them in an oath saying, “you are free from obligation after all your brothers are settled in the Land. But if you do not do this, you have sinned against the Lord – be sure your sin will find you out.” (vs. 22-23) I read one commentary which stated this phraseology literally means, “your sin will hunt you down.”

We learn later these tribes held to their word and returned to their homes in peace and victory. Hear me on this one – they learned from the mistakes of their fathers and determined to act differently because of them. They had witnessed the destruction their unbelief had caused and chose to trust God instead of longing for the control of Egypt. That is what our lives are all about! Absorbing experiences, processing them through the balm of Scripture, and allowing them to color – in a healthy way – every decision, word, and deed that pours forth from our bodies. Scripture is clear that men and women are responsible for their own sin, but reality shows children often repeat the poor actions of their parents even when that action brought great pain. Even if you do not have a lineage of faith, can you be brave enough in the power of your God to break the yoke and be the first to stand for His Name? Your answer to this question will affect a multitude. What will you do?

Another thing I want to address before we end today is found in Joshua 22. In this Chapter, Reuben, Gad, and 1/2 Manasseh are settled in their inheritance across the Jordan from the rest of Israel after fulfilling their oath to the brothers. They then built an altar to God as a witness between them and the tribes living across the Jordan that they indeed were a part of Israel even though the River separated them. The Law of Moses strictly prohibited any altars at any location other than the Tabernacle. When the other tribes heard of this altar, they immediately prepared to go to war against Reuben and Gad to destroy them for their disobedience.

Goodness – talk about being a misunderstood group! First Moses, now the entire nation of Israel has questioned the faithfulness and integrity of these three tribes. Certainly their fathers had made many mistakes in the past, but the only thing these men were guilty of was asking for an inheritance on the fringe of the Promise.

This very much speaks to me in a personal way about our propensity as women to hold a mistake over some one’s head for a very long time after our sister has already paid the price for making it. The offense may not even be something that was truly worthy of being offended over, but by the time we blow that thing out of proportion the girl doesn’t stand a chance in the event of any misstep whatsoever. You may be that girl – the one who is constantly misunderstood or never feeling quite forgiven for something that was settled between you and God long ago. Can I encourage you this day? You be found faithful before your God and HE alone will be your justice. And girls, may we never be found guilty of lacking the same grace and mercy that has been poured on us time after time!

The Israelites were ready to go to war over a huge misunderstanding. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the two sides were able to reconcile to one another. May we follow their example of Joshua 22:33, “The word pleased the sons of Israel, and the sons of Israel blessed God.” No matter the offense, let’s commit to blessing God together for the sake of His Great Name.

We’ve got a few things to talk about so let’s get to Discussion!

Burning Questions:

1. I think we can all agree most of us find ourselves closer to God in the struggle than without it. How does it affect you knowing that trial is what draws you more intimately in relationship to Your God?

2. Have you ever made a huge mistake but then found yourself in the position for a ‘do-over’? Did you make a better decision the second or third or fourth time around? :)

3. Is there a ‘generational sin’ in your family you have overcome? This can be anything from a lineage of unbelief to issues of many kinds. This may be a private matter. Share if you feel liberty or quietly thank God for His deliverance. If you have not yet been delivered, I pray with all my heart God’s Word is giving you courage to ask for help in that area.

4. Have you ever been misunderstood? Do you feel unforgiven for past mistakes even though you know God has forgiven you?

5. Is there a sister you need to extend grace towards in order to be able to ‘bless God together’? Do you comprehend how your unforgiveness is hindering her from inhabiting her own Promise? If no, do you recognize a situation within your church body where this may be happening? If so, ask God to raise up a ‘Phinehas’ (mediator) in this situation. He may just reveal the Phinehas is you. :)

 

I look so forward to our discussion this week – It’s so great to be back on track! :) Don’t forget to link to your Study Post, not your homepage, if you are placing your answers on your blog. As always, you are more than welcome to leave your thoughts in the Comments!

 


 



‘I AM’ Bible Study Lesson Fourteen

 “He Brought Us Out To Bring Us In”

Focal Text:

Say therefore to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgements. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD’.” Exodus 6:6-8

“In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; in Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.” Ex. 15:13

“But He brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that He promised on oath to our forefathers.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:23


Welcome back, Girls! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and are ready for Lesson Fourteen. We only have this week and two more to go before you have completed this entire study. WOW. I hope alternating weeks with Round Two of the study hasn’t been confusing and is working out with everyone’s schedules. I also want to encourage those of you who lack only a few lessons to persevere until the end. I have a little something I’m preparing for you who complete the study so even if you just leave your remarks in the Lesson comments, be sure you sign the Linky so I will know you’ve completed each one.

We introduced this last chapter by considering four purposes for the Promise based on Leviticus 26. They were: A sense of self-worth, security, provision, and finally and perhaps most importantly, an assurance of love. I particularly adore Psalm 136 because of the repetition of the phrase, “For His lovingkindness is everlasting” when recounting God’s actions on behalf of mankind from Creation to the giving of the Land to the Israelites. Why did He create the earth? Because He loves us originally. Why did He rescue the Israelites and make them into a ‘peculiar’ people? Because He loves us mercifully. Why did He give the Promised Land? Because He loves us eternally. For His lovingkindness is everlasting…..Oh, Amen.

Let’s set up today’s Lesson. In Exodus 6, Moses has gone to Pharaoh to ask for the Israelite’s release. Instead of freedom, Pharaoh increased their labor unmercifully. God stated the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to both rescue them from Egypt and give them Canaan for both a possession and place of unhindered worship. Moses communicated God’s message of deliverance to the Israelites once again but because of their cruel bondage they refused to believe. Their despondency was also felt by Moses who repeated an old argument to God, “Behold, the sons of Israel have not listened to me; how then will Pharaoh listen to me, for I am unskilled in speech?”

Moses’ doubt soon turned to determination when God unleashed all the plagues upon Egypt. Pharaoh, under compulsion (Exodus 6:1), finally let the Israelites leave the country. Oh how it pains me to skip the Passover, the Plunder of the Egyptians, and the Parting of the Red Sea! However, I am pacified (do you LOVE all the P’s?!) by knowing after Israel successfully passed through the waters, Moses sang. For the first time noted in Scripture, Moses opened his mouth – the one unskilled in speech – and belted out a tune to the Highly Exalted, Warrior God. A big change from the Moses at the end of Exodus 6!

The words of Moses’ song in Exodus 15 mark an important shift in his ministry. When the Israelites saw the great power God displayed against Egypt, they not only believed in Jehovah, but in Moses also. Hear me on this one, girls. We hold an amazing amount of power in our words. It is our duty as women of God to build one another up in the Lord lest our sister lose heart in the individual mission God has laid before her. The Israelites’ complaining at the end of Chapter 6 caused Moses to return to an old place of unbelief in regard to his stammering lips. However, the realization of the people that God indeed positioned Moses as a Judge and Deliverer in turn gave Moses the courage to shout praises to the Lord in front of the whole assembly. We don’t dare ever be the reason one of our girlfriends stutters! Instead, try an ‘I believe in you’. You have no idea how brave you’ll make her!

Perhaps the most fascinating part of Moses’ worship is seeing him transcend before our very eyes beyond Egypt and the desert to spiritually inhabit the Promise. Verse 13 says, ‘You have guided them to your holy habitation” before they had barely begun the journey. He continued by prophetically announcing the route of Israel to Canaan and the terror the inhabiting peoples would experience on account of them. He concluded by praising God for His presence in the sanctuary among His people well before the plans for the Tabernacle had ever been given. Because of Moses’ faith in God’s covenant, prior to his inhabiting the Promise, it already inhabited him.

In reading your responses and emails regarding this study, it has become apparent that many of you believe you are not living in your Promise simply because you are still fighting. I want to remind you the Israelites did not enter the Promised Land, pull up a recliner, and watch HGTV the moment they arrived. No, ma’am! They fought for many years to drive out the idolatrous nations that would surely be a snare to them.

Which begs the question: What is the difference in living the abundant life within Spiritual Promise and remaining yet outside it? Based on the experience of Israel, I think we can fairly evaluate our own position by the following:

1. Living Outside the Promise – The purpose of the desert was to humble and test the Israelites to see if they would obey God. God caused the Hebrews to hunger so He could fill them with manna they had not known. Though He was not obligated to such extravagances, God wanted to prove He would provide every single physical and spiritual need. God was building trust between His people and Himself, therefore; the ongoing fight was against unbelief and distrust. (Deuteronomy 8)

APPLICATION: If your struggle is unbelief and lack of faith in God’s action on your behalf, you may yet still be living outside the Promise. That does not mean you are doomed to stay there! Hear the encouragement of God to Joshua,

Only be strong and courageous, be careful to do according all the Law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9)

  

Your entry into the Promise will be directly related to how much time you spend in the Word and allow God’s courage to indwell your Spirit. Trust Him with your battles – He is on your side! If you are uncertain if you have ever truly accepted God’s gift of salvation, would you please email me so we can talk and pray that through?

2. Living Inside the Promise – The unbelief of the Israelites cost forty long years in the desert until a new generation raised up who believed God enough to allow Him to go ahead of them and overtake the inhabiting nations. Joshua and Caleb were the only two scouts in the first generation who believed their Warrior God would bring them victory. When it was time to once again attempt a conquest, the greatest issue was no longer unbelief but the internal effect of Satan’s schemes in the specific area of idolatry. The fight would also continue externally on behalf of the brethren. Many battles would ensue in which a group of Israelite tribes would fight alongside one another in order to clear out their inheritance from the Canaanites.

“Then they came near to him (Moses) and said, ‘We will build here sheepfolds for our livestock and cities for our little ones; but we ourselves will be armed ready to go before the sons of Israel until we have brought them to their place, while our little ones live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to our homes until every one of the sons of Israel has possessed his inheritance’.” (Numbers 32:17-18)

 

 

APPLICATION: If your struggles lie more within Satan’s schemes to attack your Kingdom effectiveness through either personal idolatries or external issues relating to family, relationships, health, etc., you are most likely in the Promise yet still fighting the thing through! Living in the Promise can also be measured in proportion to your time spent in intimacy with God as well as your sense of living an abundant life. Simply ask yourself: Am I confessed and unashamed? Though I am in a struggle, can I describe the underlying emotion in my life as contentment and joy? Do I consistently seek God’s will in my life through prayer and His Word? Am I spending time fighting alongside my sisters to see them come into their own inheritance? If you can not answer many of these in the affirmative, but your belief and trust has been decided, then consider moving further into enemy territory! He won’ t bother you if you aren’t bothering him!

I pray these two applications have been a tool for you to check your own spiritual map and hopefully encourage you by helping you see you may be farther along than you think! Girls, God delivered us FROM bondage, not to leave us floundering, but to deliver us TO abundance. Because He is fighting on our behalf, we can take righteous risks knowing the outcome will be the exact thing which will glorify His name. If there is any legacy I pray I leave, it is that I was brave, courageous, and trusted My God to glorify Himself HOWEVER He sees fit. That can either be a horrifying or exhilarating thought. Let’s choose adventure!

Okay, I know this has been the Chapter for songs, but to close today’s lesson I have to share another set of lyrics with you that really spoke to me about today’s topic. If you read my blog at all, you know I am smitten with the new Casting Crowns CD, ‘The Altar and the Door’. My favorite song from the first time I heard the tracks until now is ‘Somewhere in the Middle’. See if you relate to this:

Somewhere in the Middle

Somewhere between the hot and the cold
Somewhere between the new and the old
Somewhere between who I am and who I used to be
Somewhere in the middle, You’ll find me

Somewhere between the wrong and the right
Somewhere between the darkness and the light
Somewhere between who I was and who You’re making me
Somewhere in the middle, You’ll find me

Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender without losing all control

Fearless warriors in a picket fence,
reckless abandon wrapped in common sense
Deep water faith in the shallow end
and we are caught in the middle
With eyes wide open to the differences,
the God we want and the God who is
But will we trade our dreams for His
or are we caught in the middle
Are we caught in the middle

Somewhere between my heart and my hands
Somewhere between my faith and my plans
Somewhere between the safety of the boat and the crashing waves
Somewhere between a whisper and a roar
Somewhere between the altar and the door
Somewhere between contented peace and always wanting more
Somewhere in the middle You’ll find me

Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender
without losing all control

Lord, I feel You in this place and I know You’re by my side
Loving me even on these nights when I’m caught in the middle


 

 

Burning Questions:

 

 

1. We talked of the importance of encouragement when God has called us to task. Has a lack of encouragement or even ridicule ever taken you back to a place of insufficiency you thought you had conquered?

2. Is there someone you know right now who is attempting a new ministry that could use a world of encouragement from you? Why do you think this thing may be scary for her? Will you commit to write a note, make a call, or send an email with a dose of courage inside?

3. Read Moses’ song in Exodus 15:3-18. What line speaks to you most? Why does it touch you?

4. Based on the applications of living either inside or outside the Promise, where would you now say you currently reside? (As I read your answers, if this one point seems to have been confusing, I’ll elaborate in a separate post. Again remember I am asking this question in terms of abundant living and not in determining salvation.;))

5. If you are ‘Somewhere in the Middle’ between the girl you were and the one you want to be, how do you plan on changing that? Is there a barrier you feel you can’t climb? Knowing God is for you and this study group is for you, is there a way we can help?

 

Blessings on your week, sisters!

‘I AM’ Study Lesson Thirteen                  ‘The Purpose of Promise’

 

Lesson 13
The Purpose of Promise

Key Passages:

“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward’.” Genesis 15:1

I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase then thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.” Leviticus 26:6-13

“And [God] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” Exodus 34:6

“And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:18

“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you’.” Galatians 3:8

 

 

 

 

Over Halfway Home

I can hardly believe we are finally moving into our last segment of this study.  No doubt there is much more that can be said where Moses is concerned, in fact, we could go on for a year and still not exhaust all the spiritual relevance from this man’s relationship with God. However, the purpose of our study is to reveal God as “I AM” for all we are not. I am so excited to move into the area of our study where we can finally discuss how to live the abundant life by shedding off the shackles of Egypt. I pray as we have studied God’s Beauty, His Sufficiency, and His Fame that you have begun to accept the fact He has an abundant life waiting for you if you will simply step into it. Sometimes He has to take us far enough away from our Egypt so it will be farther to travel back there than to fight it out to Canaan. (Exodus 13:17) Oh how I hope you are more than halfway home!

 

 

The Confidence of Canaan

What is it that appeals to us about living physically and spiritually free? As I have prayed about the true implications of living a life unbound and unhindered in any way, it occurred to me there are four desires of (wo)man that are echoed in the promises of God to the Israelites in Leviticus 26. Society may have changed in the past several thousand years, but the basic needs of of an individual have not. I believe we can reduce most life issues down into a need for these things:

1. A sense of self-worth – I love the imagery in Leviticus 26:13 where God expresses his desire for His people to walk with heads held high. To me this embodies the need we all have to be unashamed whether because of sin, social standing, or appearance. The Hebrew phrase literally means ‘heads held upright’. In my own life, I know the times when shame or guilt has made it impossible for me to hold my head upright and look at others, especially God, in the eyes. This doesn’t mean we are to cultivate pride, but rather find our worth in the One who has worked mightily in our behalf and who is faithful to forgive sin.

2. A Feeling of Peace and Safety – When was the last time you were anxious, afraid, or worried? A woman’s mind is constantly racing with thoughts of caring for our families, being a good friend, keeping up with finances, and completing the things on our never-ending ‘to do’ lists. If you are like me, you worry about the safety of your children (if you have them) much more than you do your own. When I think of my own safety I typically don’t fear for myself other than in relation to what my husband and children would do without me and the sadness of not being there for the important moments in their lives. The Israelites were going into a hostile territory and no doubt were fearful for their mortal bodies because of the threat from the peoples they were displacing. God assured them their borders would be safe so there would be no need to occupy the mind with endless worry over the safety of home and family. It would be wonderful to think God has placed an inpenetrable boundary around our families which would protect us from all harm, however, this is not the promise. God’s promise to us through Jesus Christ is that we do not have to fear those who can harm the body, but only the One who can kill the soul. As Paul stated, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Our assurance of peace and safety is to be delivered safely home – even if by means of death – into the arms of Jesus. (2 Timothy 4:18) That may sound a bit gloomy, but it is a huge comfort to me!

3. Assurance of provision – The Israelites lived from crop to crop. These days we live paycheck to paycheck. God promised His people provision of necessities just as He continues to do today. Psalm 37:25 reads, “I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Again in Matthew 6 we are assured God is aware of our needs and as long as we are seeking the Kingdom, our necessities will be met. I believe much disappointment often comes in this area because we do not recognize what a true necessity is. Jesus did not have a place to lay his head and yet we find ourselves grumbling because our homes are not big enough or as pretty as the one next door. We overspend and when the bill comes due, become indignant with God because He didn’t provide the money to pay them. Many ‘health and wealthers’ will tell you God wants you to be prosperous. This is simply not a concept taught in Scripture. Any gospel that can not be taught in the places of deepest poverty in our world is no gospel at all.  Be assured your God will meet all your needs in Christ Jesus – just don’t be dismayed if that doesn’t include a BMW and house in the ‘burbs. Let’s make knowing Him our greatest possession!

4. To Be Loved – Ahhh..love, sweet love. I would venture to say the majority of the mistakes women make are in some way related to trying to manipulate affection in our favor. What else could God have done to prove his lovingkindness towards Israel? He destroyed those who hurt them, parted seas, set mountains on fire, rained manna and quail from heaven, sent water from a rock, guided their way by the Angel of the Lord, and finally made His dwelling place among them. And yet, they wanted more. Though it seems so simplistic, how our lives would be forever secure if we could truly wrap our minds around the heighth, depth, width, and breadth of the love of Christ towards His children. One of the most freeing things God ever taught me was that I am forever safe in His heart because He loves me and is for me. There may be days when I say to God, “why am I your target?” (Job 7:20) But, this thing I know. Satan is the one who plays with darts – God alone has Swords and He is using those for my protection and Satan’s destruction. You are safe, Dear One, because He is your shield.

Blessed To Be a Blessing

Our culture teaches us we can either manufacture within ourselves or purchase all of these basic things, but God created us to need the things only He can fully provide. There is a huge difference between pride and righteous confidence. Pride fools one into thinking we can create our own Promised Land. The other recognizes, just as Abram did, God is our Portion, our shield, and our very great reward.

I believe we can define living in a spiritual Canaan as being in a place of righteous confidence in the Father. A place of our identity completely being wrapped inside of His. A place we can live with our faces turned unashamedly towards the sky. A place of faith in the means of God’s provision and being satisfied if what we receive is a huge portion of Him. In this place is where we will be able to operate in a mode of full effectiveness for the Kingdom unbound by the carnal baggage Satan continually piles on our shoulders. As we evaluate the experiences of our lives, it is time we process those with the covering of God’s Word so we can move into the Promise – the place where we can use our blessings to minister to others. As Galatians 3:8 says, this is how the Gospel is spread!

 

 

There are times when I am praying about a certain way to present what is on my heart and I will hear a song that packages my thoughts and wraps them in a gorgeous bow. To complete our lesson today, I leave you with a song by Mercy Me called, “The Place Where I Belong”. It is my deepest desire for each of you to be able to repeat these words for yourself.

That place where we’re complete
The one that occupies our dreams
That place we’re lucky to call our home

Well I have arrived
And I can’t keep this inside

So I raise my hands
And shout Your name
To praise You with my song
My dream’s at hand, I’ve found my place
The place where I belong

Everybody tries
To find the purpose for their life
In hopes that one more day is justified
But once you truly see
The very reason why you breathe
It becomes so much more than getting by

Everybody hopes
That maybe somewhere down this road
We’d finally find that place where we belong

 I have arrived – And I can’t keep this inside.

 

BURNING QUESTIONS

1. Do you struggle with a sense of self-worth? How do you perceive this has affected the way you are able to ‘keep your head upright’? If not, do you know someone who suffers in this area?

2. What are you most afraid of? Does this fear affect the way you move through life? (Ex. Are you overprotective with children? Afraid to take risks?)

3. What is one of the most marvelous ways God has provided a need? I can’t wait to hear your stories on this one!

4. Steve Brown, a Moody Broadcasting Bible Teacher, is one of the first people I ever heard teach the concept that God was not mad at me. I grew up in a denomination that led me to believe He was in a continuous state of disappointment over my failures. How about you? Though in your heart you know God says He loves you, does Satan in your mind ever try to convince you otherwise?

5. How close are you to your own Promised Land? Not at all, 1/2 way, almost there? By this I mean the place of abundant living and effectiveness here on earth, not the ultimate fulfillment in Glory! Though I hope you are going to heaven, I don’t want it to be today! :)

I look forward to our discussion this week!


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