How To Walk In A Deeper Dimension With The Lord

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

blind man crossing street
"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

The book of Joshua begins a new chapter for the nation of Israel. Moses has just died and Joshua is now the leader. More importantly, God is now ready for Israel to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. This is what they have waited for and the day has finally come for them to step into the destiny God had for them. They have a new leader and tomorrow they will be living in their new home. From this moment on everything changes. Everything! For 40 years they walked the same route. Everyday a cloud led the way and every night they were led by a pillar of fire. They didn't ever need a map or have to worry they would get lost. God led them visually every step of the way. But now the rules have changed. There would be no more landmarks or clouds or pillars of fire to lead the way. Notice what God tells Joshua in verse 3 of chapter 1: "I will give you every place where you set your foot." God was now letting Joshua set the pace and the direction rather than Him setting it for them. He's saying, "Joshua, I'm giving you the helm now. You've spent 40 years following my direction, listening to my voice and learning to obey my commands. Now you are ready to inhabit the land I have given you. Now go for it." I can imagine that Joshua was both thrilled and scared to death at the same time. Do you see what God is doing here? It's time Israel learned to walk by faith and not by sight anymore. God got rid of all the visual markers and now they had to live by the Spirit which would require complete faith.

There is much to glean from this story for our own personal lives. It's easy to walk by sight. Anyone can do that. Just give me a good map or let me use my iPhone navigation app and I can get around just about anywhere in the world now. But there comes a time in our spiritual walk that we have to step into a deeper dimension with the Lord. To step into your destiny, you have to step out of your security! If you want to realize the destiny that God has birthed you for, you have to get rid of everything that could allow you to rely on yourself or anything but God alone. It is unfamiliar territory with no familiar landmarks. There is no map or navigation system to map it out for you. All you have is God's voice and the direction of His Spirit. Scary, I know, but it's is the only way.
You can settle for a life of wandering where it's easy, familiar and safe, but living in the wilderness is hot and dry. It's boring and routine and there is no real future ahead. Or you can step into the land God has for you where there are wide open spaces that you have only dreamed of - a place of new beginnings and an unlimited future. To do that, you have to be willing to give up your sight. That's right. You have to kick the habit of relying on what you can see. You will have to learn to see through the eyes of your spirit. This is a good thing because there will be giants along the way and if you rely on your sight, you won't be able to handle those giants. Those who try to walk by sight in the Promised Land don't survive. But if you walk by faith, those giants will appear as grasshoppers in your sight . You see, when you walk by sight, everything seems impossible. But when you walk by faith, nothing is impossible!
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2 comments:

Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life said...

Bill, this is a good word. Thanks for sharing it with Thought-Provoking Thursday! :)

viviene @ thejourneyofawoman said...

Found your blog at Thought-Provokign Thursday. =)

Joshua is one of my favorite Bible characters. I love that God always encourages him to be brave. Walking in faith is not easy. It's always more convenient to walk by sight.. but God knows what's best, doesn't He?

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