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Your Promised Land

    In this clip from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Sir Walter Raleigh has the Queen at the edge of her seat as he shares the experience of finding the New World after a long sea voyage.    As you watch this film clip, consider that the land on the horizon for which he is describing as your promised land.  That is; the plan and reward that God has uniquely set before for you. 

 

Can you feel the excitement from the Queen as she imagines what the explorer is describing? The hope, the newness, and even the scariness of the adventure is all so captivating.  Such is the plan that God has for every believer.   It is your new world.  

  The term "promised land" is used more than 300 times in the Bible referencing promises of God’s great inheritance.    The "promised land" included three things;   God’s Presence, Property and People. In the days of the Old Testament, the focus of the inheritance was external riches.    While in the post resurrection of Jesus times, the focus is on internal riches through the Holy Spirit.

In both cases, there will be:

The Presence of God: Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  

Property:  For example, in the Old Testament days, the Property was physical land that the Israelites were promised after God rescued them from Egypt.   And after Jesus’ resurrection, the focus of "promised land" shifts to more internal riches.  Since the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer, we now have the power to live the abundant Christian life of victory.  This is described as the “Fruit of the Spirit”   Galatians 5:22-23”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”   In all cases, satisfaction comes with productivity.   Land can't bear fruit without hard work and people can't bear fruit without hard work. So, this side of the cross, our promised land is our Christian impact.    

People:  Genesis 2: 18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”   God wants us to live in families and communities.  He wants us to work side by side with others and he knits together all of us in one BIG plan.  God has a team in mind to help us accomplish his plan for us.  

     If we want to reach our promised land today, we must live out the big and unique plan God has promised for each of us with the power of the Holy Spirit. Our heavenly inheritance is based upon it.  What happens here on earth will affect your final resting place in heaven. 

     If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will live in heaven forever.  This is a free gift.  You are saved by faith and not by works.  Your heavenly rewards, however, are earned by living a life of obedience and following the plans that God has for you.  If you live a life purposed to serve God and do his will, then you will have much better accommodations when you get to heaven.  If you accept Christ and live your own way, don’t follow His perfect plan for you and keep your Savior a best kept secret, your rewards will be much less than if you had followed his plans.   Maximus said this best in the movie Gladiator “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” 

Are you living the life that God has planned for you?  Can you see your promised land on the horizon?

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