12th week - Promised Land Mentality! The Creator of the whole Universe is living on the inside of us. He just couldn’t have come any closer.
“And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” Joshua 5:12. (KJV)
The Israelites experienced two kinds of provision – the manna in the wilderness and the fruit of their labors in the Land of their Promise. Spiritually speaking, we can see two kinds of mentality in these two cases – the wilderness mentality, and the Land of Promise mentality.
The wilderness mentality is waiting for the manna each day. It is waiting for the Lord to bring people, opportunities and resources to us, before we start moving. It’s waiting from paycheck to paycheck. It’s waiting for the people to come to us, so we can evangelize them. It’s waiting for opportunities to virtually hit us in the face, before we do something.
Just like the Israelites, they were waiting for their manna at the beginning of each day and after they gathered it, they were waiting for it to come the next morning. There was nothing in between – no creativity, no movement, no activation.
When they came to their promised land though, the manna ceased. It was a Divine act that provided the manna, and it was a Divine act that made it cease. Now the Lord was waiting for them to activate themselves. They had to start sowing and planting, start working, start fighting for their inheritance and start getting creative. That’s the Promised Land mentality.
The Lord is living on the inside of us. He has come to dwell in us with all His personality, power and abilities, gifts and graces, fruit and character. So, let us not wait for the “manna” – let’s get creative – let’s work, sow, plant, toil, activate ourselves, evangelize, fight the good fight of faith and so finish the race set before us, not looking back to Egypt with wilderness mentality, but always moving forward with the spirit of Joshua and Caleb.
LAND OF PROMISE MENTALITY
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