The Promise Land Experience (Part Two of Two)
Things went well for the Israelites for awhile, then Joshua died and all the elders also died who had kept them true to their purpose. The enemies God had told the Israelites to drive out served gods named Baal and Ashteroth… the gods of fertility or sex, power, and procreation of the physical body and of the produce grown upon the land. Their places of worship were sex temples with male and female prostitutes serving as priests. And as many people who profess to be Christian can testify, the drive for sex and religion come from the same basic instinct of serving and meeting the needs of others as well as oneself. That’s why God wanted the Israelites to drive the enemy completely out of their Promised Land and destroy every temple and grove from border to border.
As Christians are finding out in this present day and time; it is very hard for a religious man to remain pure when sex is always present and operating openly tempting him and especially so when the sex temples of today, ie., the internet, movies, and a multitude of other electronic devices are always up and running, broadcasting their seductive messages into every home in America and many other countries of the world.
Now, like then, God’s people do not seem to understand, the presence of God is in our midst. His power defeats the enemy, but our mouth, hands and feet deliver His message and carry out His work. If we will not settle for less than God’s best for us which is found in His Word, our Holy Bible, our Promise Land, every blessing in them are for us to partake of, but only if we drive out from our midst the gods of sex and greed which is corrupting every aspect of our society. Then the full blessings of God will be upon His people. The sad truth is… once again, like the Israelites of old, God’s people are settling for less because they are comfortable. And if God’s people don’t wake up before long and take notice of what is going on around us… God’s people will find their Promised Land has been over run by the very enemy we allowed to live among us all this time.
Now don’t get me wrong or misunderstand what I am saying; I am not talking about America as being the Promise Land; I am talking about our faith, our religious freedoms, our God given rights to worship our heavenly Father in spirit and truth openly and unashamedly are under attack from every side, and more specifically the religious minded who do not know God or His Son, not only here in America, but around the world. Paul wrote to his young protege, Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” Christians will not be defeated even though we are outnumbered if we know what God has promised to us, are tireless in our efforts, and follow the leading of the Lord because He dwells in our midst. DThrash