From Slavery to Promise-3

“It” can be done! Israel doubted the possibility and so do we. What am I talking about? “It” is– that victory can be enjoyed. Israel did take the land promised. We can enjoy victory in our Christian walk. Did Israel have total victory; do we, who are His? Do your children have instant and complete victory over all that is wrong for them?  Of course not! They “mess up.” They are taught, trained and disciplined. Little by little they learn to do better. Do they always trust their parents’ judgment? Not likely! Do they come to realize that perhaps their father and mother were right? Do they learn to value their parents’ knowledge and wisdom? As they do, they come to find out that things go better for themselves (and others). When Israel trusted God, He did amazing things in them, through them and for them. One only need spend some serious study time in the book of Joshua to see how Israel had to learn. There were doubts, fears, failures and mistakes, but great victories when they trusted and followed God. God has never promised instant perfection. Just as children grow and learn, so do God’s children grow and learn. When Israel listened to and obeyed God, they advanced in their pilgrimage. One day all Israel will be perfected. One day, so will all God’s born again ones be perfected. When Israel learned, it was by listening to what God told them. When we learn, it is by listening to and obeying God’s Word in the Bible. There can and will be a blessed life in proportion to our listening to and applying what God says in His Word. Proverbs 3:5-6 lays down the inspired formula for success, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Selah! It is not rigid rules to measure up to; it is wise counsel, standards and guidelines to lead us to the fullness of God’s blessings.   Ron

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