Wilderness Christians – A Look At Israel’s Exodus For Today’s Christian
For our Christian walk, it is extremely beneficial to examine how the children of Israel lived in the wilderness. You will very quickly observe the parallel between their life in the wilderness and the life of a carnal Christian today. Not much has changed.
Some of our examination will include how the children of Israel responded under certain circumstances:
- Actions in the wilderness.
- Thoughts in the wilderness.
- Spiritual leadership words/actions in the wilderness.
- Responses to discouraging reports in the wilderness.
- Words in the wilderness.
- Abundant life in Canaan.
Remember: God only intended for the freed Israelites to live in the wilderness for eleven days. They alone chose to live in the wilderness 40 years.
How about you, brethren? Are you currently living in the wilderness? If yes, for how long? Are you not yet convinced that it is about time to truly (and faithfully) enter God’s rest?
For Christ strongly desires to claim you as His inheritance – to live in you and communicate His love through you to a needy, lost world.
With an open heart, read very prayerfully the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”.
Probably when you were saved, you were taught that to grow in your faith you must read your Bible and become involved in Christian ministry. Somewhere in your walk, however, you strayed from your first love – that pure, intimate relationship with Christ.
You burnt out and decided you can now only do your best for Jesus. Well, brethren, I am sorry but ‘to do your best for Jesus’ is not Biblical. He becomes the object of your activity rather than the origin of your activity. Anything that is not Biblical is demonic.
You basically were taught how to become a Christian, but never or poorly taught how to BE a Christian. (I admit that I am just as guilty.) However, I have since learned the solution; the solution is a very simple one.
The solution is it takes Christ to BE the Christian, His very life in you.
- Your words become His words.
- Your eyes become His eyes.
- Your thoughts become His thoughts.
- Your steps become His steps.
- Your hands become His hands.
All your body parts now function under the direction of the one and only head, our Lord. Once you rest totally in His love, He aggressively and assertively moves in and takes over. The only result is the fruit of the Holy Spirit stated in the letter to the Galatians 5:22-23 – “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”.
You actually vacate as He moves in. You take a vacation from your Christian walk. Jesus takes over and lives His life through you.
Brethren, make your vacation a very long one for the remainder of your earthly life – a vacation resting in His unconditional love and acceptance. You do not take a passive rest being inactive; it is a rest in HIS activity. What a truly exciting life we do possess! Do not miss it anymore, brethren!
– from Out Of Gas? Never With Jesus by Bob Bennett http://www.LifeUnderGrace.com