Saturday, 2 July 2011

The Milk, The Honey and The War

"And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee......when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the Lord thy God hath promised thee" Deut. 27: 2&3
Do not allow the milk and honey to becloud your mind from the reality of the war you must need go through. It would have been very easy to take the fulfilment of the promise as so much as a time of celebration that the sobering reality of the war to come would be entirely missed.
The first time they turned their backs from the promise was simply because the saw giants living in the land. They could not connect the dotted lines; there are giants (to conquer) waiting at the entrance of every promise. This is probably why the events that led to them crossing the Jordan, and that occurred when they were about doing so were sombre issues just like the case of the instruction to build an alter after crossing and the curse and blessings from the mountains. It was as if God wanted their feet to be on the ground even while what they had been anticipating all their lives was about taking place.
This is very instructive because every crossing of the Jordan in our walk with God does not just talk about the fulfilment of a promise as it has to do with milk and honey, but it also guarantees a war. Your mind could be so set on the milk and honey that it is caught unawares by the war and the offence this would create could make one loose the promise or become enslaved in the land of promise.
If you don't look to the battles that comes with the promise and fulfilment of wealth in your life, that wealth could end up enslaving you, having fallen victim to the battle. This is a categorical statement; there is no fulfilment of a promise that doesn't come with its own war i.e the war comes hand in hand with the promise. To enjoy that promise, you must have victory in the war. To have victory in the war, you must fight with respect to instructions.
The reality of events in the old testament still continues now. The promise has been there for long and its now being fulfilled. Don't focus on it; be ready for the war.
"If riches increase, set not your heart on them" somewhere in the Psalms
Be ready for the war. The war is actually the first thing that meets you while the fulfilled promise is the first consciousness that you have. So they crossed the Jordan as promised but came to the plains of Jericho, it was war already. Look out for the war, it's there. The conflict starts from our own members jumping for attention and wanting to binge on the promise. Don't give in to them, it's the war first and you would need a war/battle plan just like Joshua.
God will always prepare you for the war because He knows that it's the war that will determine the direction of the promise or how the promise will affect your life. You will come into your land of milk and honey but never forget the war.

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