A Life-long Journey
1 Corinthians 10:1 & 4 – Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, the had to walk, and that walk was for a lifetime, not a short journey. They walked from Egypt to the Red Sea. They walked across dry ground with the Red Sea being parted. They walked from the Red Sea to the Jordan River, though it took much longer than the Lord desired. They walked across the dry river bed of the Jordan with the waters parted. They walked to and fro through the promised land conquering and driving out their enemies from before them. They walked, traversing their promised land for their lifetime, until they turned form the Lord and fell captive into the hands of their enemies. My point is this, they walked for a lifetime.
Their captivity in Egypt is a type (and shadow) of life before being born again, living under the dominion of Satan. Crossing the Red Sea is a type of the new birth, where the past is washed away. The journey from the Red Sea to the Jordan River is a type of the journey from the new birth to the baptism in Holy Ghost. Crossing the Jordan River is a type of the baptism in Holy Ghost. Walking in the promised land, battling and driving out enemies, is a type of living the redeemed life of victory in Jesus in this present life, and growing in Him as we build the kingdom of God in the earth. The thing that is common in every element of this lifelong journey is walking; it is our spiritual walk that should never end in this life.
I was a slave in Egypt; a sinner without Jesus. Then I heard the delivering words in my Egypt and came to my Red Sea moment, my point of decision, and chose to come through the blood of Jesus and begin my journey to my promised land. Due to the teaching, and in many cases, lack of teaching, my time in the wilderness was 12-years long. At that point I came to another major decision encounter. I chose to step into my Jordan and cross into my promised land, my personal encounter with and baptism in Holy Ghost. And for the past 50 years of my life, I have walked in my promised land. I have fought battles against enemies that needed to be defeated and pushed out of my life. I have experienced times of invasion when enemies of my soul have come to “steal, kill, and destroy.” In those invasive times, I have fought the enemy to drive them back so I could continue in my promised land in peace, health, and prosperity. I still fight today, and the victory is still mine as I walk with the Lord. Take your walk.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9; Daniel 3:1-30; 1 Corinthians 10:1-22; John 10:10