Welcome back to the Bible Cafe™ as we study One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer. This week in womens online Bible study we learned that two million people followed Moses toward the Promised Land, and only two people realized their full inheritance. WOW!
Joshua was one of those two. He was one in a million and revealed the inheritance to us through Scripture. Joshua dared 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, or verification in the form of a miracle or supernatural experience.
Perhaps we are immobilized with fear. Others will make excuses or need “more time” to prepare themselves. 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. It’s the will to move forward despite it. –One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer
My Bible Cafe™ friends, we are all gifted with unique identities. During womens online Bible study like this one, we discover how to use spiritual gifts. Are you willing to take your post, and heed God’s calling to serve 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 a 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 on 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. –One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by 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.
Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. Learn about living by the Fruit of the Spirit as you enjoy her online Bible studies. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for weekly Bible teaching.