The Israelites are camped along the east bank of the Jordan River at the very edge of the Promised Land and they are completing the mourning period for Moses, who had just died. Thirty-nine years earlier (after spending a year at Mount Sinai receiving God’s law), the children of Israel had an opportunity to enter the Land of Promise, but failed to trust God to give them victory. As a result, God did not allow them to enter the land, but made them wander in the wilderness until the disobedient generation had all died.
Now, forty years has elapsed and the most recognizable prophet of Israel has died. This young generation stands in total amazement of the view into the land flowing with milk and honey. Their imaginations are running wild. What’s next for the Chosen People of God? A new leader. A new challenge. A new beginning.
Joshua, the new leader of Israel, finds his job consists of leading more than two million people into a strange new land and conquering it. What a challenge! Even for a man of Joshua’s caliber. Please let us not underestimate the power of God. The mission set before this young determined generation will be accomplished. The children of Israel stood on the edge of embracing a life long goal. But, before entrance into their promise something first had to die. The death of Moses brought forth more than many would ever comprehend. As the day had come that Moses had to die allowing another chapter to unfold. So has the same day come into our personal life for things to die.
We, as the body of Christ, have entered into a new calendar year with high expectations. Our spiritual being wants only to increase within the revelation of God. Over the course of previous months, weeks, and days, we have prayed for advancement in the Kingdom. Ready without fail to achieve and accomplish more in the name of Jesus. But, as 2015 rolls on by like a distant memory, our minds often ponder the question, where is this next level?
There are many promises decreed throughout the Word of God for HIS people. And, we as believers desire to receive such promises. But, sometimes you have to give a little to gain a little. Sometimes before God can take us deeper spiritually things have to die in our personal lives. Are you willing to give up personal pleasures in your life to have the opportunity of advancing in God? John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”