Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe™ and week six of One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land as we finish our study. As we learned from Bible author Priscilla Shirer, two million Hebrews followed Moses to the Promised Land, and only two realized their full inheritance.
Joshua was one of those two. He was one in a million and revealed the inheritance to us through scripture. Joshua had the courage to listen when called, and follow the commands of God.
What did the rest of the people do? More importantly, how do we respond when we hear God’s voice call us to His promised land?
Perhaps we call our husband, mom, or friend and seek approval for the journey. Or, we immediately think it cannot be true, and we look for signs of Satan’s presence. Maybe we will seek proof, verification in the form of a miracle or supernatural experience.
For some of us, we are immobilized with fear. Others will make excuses or need “more time” to prepare ourselves. In essence, we often find ourselves gripping the wall and not letting go of our comfort zone.
When God says “Come” we listen and we follow. Anything that blocks your path to the promised land is a stronghold that needs the be found and removed.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Its the will to move forward in spite of it. -Priscilla Shirer
My friends, we are all gifted unique identities. During Bible studies like this one, we discover how to use spiritual gifts. Are you willing to take your post, and heed God’s calling to serve for the church? Who or what gets in the way of your calling.
We can see how strongholds will close our minds to His calling, leading us in the wrong direction and away from promised land living. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to read a Bible study or book on strongholds. As long as you permit strongholds to center themselves in your mind, your willingness to serve and heed God’s calling is quite limited.
Since we don’t know when He will call us into a wilderness or purpose, it’s important to be prepared and willing to serve. Satan, the Father of Lies, has been preparing you all along, not to serve the Lord. He’s filled your mind with toxic thoughts such as:
- I’m not qualified or educated at seminary school
- My past will disqualify me to serve
- I’m not healthy enough
- I’m too busy
- That was not God’s voice, I’ll wait and see if He calls me two more times
- I’ll do it only if God will do something for me
Do you hear the voice of the enemy in the battlefield of your mind? How easy it is for Satan to convince us we’re not being called, and how hard it is for God to get his children to listen. That’s why, only One in a million entered the Promised Land. Joshua, the trusting servant, listened to God’s voice and followed it.
Many believers tend to give more weight to their fears than the supernatural power of God. -Priscilla Shirer
When God speaks, His message is for you alone and not for others. It’s His love language to you, as He speaks to you through your five senses, through dreams, through music or anything that captures your heart. When you listen to His voice, you are walking in faith. When you follow His words, you are living in faith.
We thank you Father for the six weeks of Bible study we’ve just completed. You’ve enriched our lives with your Word and You have filled our hearts with peace and love. Your presence sustains us as we reach our promised land living. With gratitude and praise, we acknowledge Your gifts and thrive in the promised land. Bless us each, as we walk in faith, sharing the living Word with others. In Jesus name, amen.