Entering Your Promised Land 

by Bill Yount

 
CAUTION: "YOU ARE ENTERING INTO YOUR PROMISED LAND...ONE RELATIONSHIP AT A TIME!" Exodus 15:24, Numbers 14:2, Numbers 20:10

Exodus 15:24
"And the people murmured against Moses saying, "What shall we drink?"

On the very brink of entering into their land of promise the Israelites upon hearing the evil report of the ten spies began to weep and cry out in Numbers 14:2. "And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron and the whole congregation said to them, "Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would to God we had died in this wilderness!"

Numbers 20:10 "And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock and said to them, "Hear now you rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?" As a result of Moses anger against the people he strikes the rock instead of speaking to it and it cost him from entering the promised land. The book of Numbers could also be call ed the book of 'murmuring' because the Israelites kept murmuring against Moses and God.

ANGER AND STRIFE BETWEEN MOSES AND THE ISRAELITES CONTRIBUTED LARGELY IN KEEPING THEM BOTH FROM ENTERING INTO THEIR PROMISED LAND!

Being in the same church for thirty-five years I am learning late in life that God deems our relationships higher than our vision and dreams. If your vision or dream is not yet fulfilled check out your relationships because I believe we inherit our promised land through our relationships. If you think you only need God to enter in think again. Where the scripture says, Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision the people perish could also perhaps be turned around to say..."Without people your vision will perish." Your promised land or vision isn't really for just you anyhow....it is for others too! I am learning that God uses people to help fulfill my dream and to take me into my purpose and destiny. I have seen Him use all kinds of people. People I did not like let alone love. I have seen him use crazy people. I have seen God use some of my enemies to actually launch me toward divine purposes and my destiny. Turn to the person next to you and tell them..."I might need you to help get me into my promised land!"

YOUR PRESENT RELATIONSHIPS WILL AFFECT YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND GENERATIONS TO COME!

If I had my life to do over again regarding my dream and vision for my life and our church I would guard my relationships more. When I began to focus on our vision and made my vision more important than our relationships we began to lose ground. When we begin to lose our relationships we begin to abort our vision and destiny. I am learning that the vision is in the people more than us leaders. That's why the leaders are called to equip and bring forth the visions and dreams out of the people! I learned late also that the decisions made concerning losing relationships and splits for the sake of our vision or what I wanted, directly affects our children. I believe this is one of the reasons the younger generation is no longer interested with church as it is today because of the way we have hurt one another. Our hurts and wounds sown in our relationships are often multiplied and reaped in our children and grandchildren affecting generations to come.

A NEW FOUNDATION OF 'HOLDING ON TO ONE ANOTHER' IS BEING POURED INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST!

Recently I saw a vision of a huge cement truck pulling up outside of God's House. It was there to begin to pour a fresh new foundation in the place of the old foundation that had been cracked and marred and could no longer hold what was coming...the weight of the glory of God. I sensed the Lord saying to all of us in His Body to stand back and circle this foundation that was being freshly poured. We were being commanded to stretch out our arms and hold on to each other's hands and not to touch the fresh foundation until it was dried. The Lord was saying.."Hands off! This is My work and not man's!" As we held on to each other's hands firmly many of us were wanting to ask questions concerning what to be doing like..."Lord, what about the vision you gave us?" I sensed the Lord responding.."Just keep holding on to each another!" We kept asking many other questions like..."Lord, what about this and what about that?" Every question that we had was being answered from heaven...."Just keep holding on to one another!" It was as though 'holding on to one another' was the heavenly vision that God had had for all of us all along!

BE CAREFUL THAT YOUR GIFTS DON'T SEPARATE YOU FROM PEOPLE!

I am learning that Jesus died for people more than he died for my gift or dream. Often people write me and say that their Pastor or leaders aren't open to their prophetic gift. I say to them. "Can you tone your words down enough so they can receive at least part of God's word instead of none of it?" I don't sense this is compromising the word of the Lord. What good is it if you have a word from God and no one is able to receive it? I believe when we hear from God we can say what He says in a way and with a right spirit in love that anyone will be open to receive it...even children! Being in the same church for thirty five years I have learned to submit words to leaders over me and when they disagreed I would go to the Lord and I realize now He was mostly interested in conforming me to His image and refining my prophetic gift through the authority over me. After thirty five years I now have a prophetic ministry world wide and I am still and always will be learning through my leadership and people around me adjusting my gift and calling. By the way I am now in leadership at our church. Never let your gift come between you and the authority God has placed over you and the people around you. Allow God to use people in your life to refine your gift while you are being conformed to the image of Jesus. If the Lord leads you out of your church for whatever reason share with your pastor first the reason why in love and leave with the pastor blessing you and leave a blessing behind you so you will be blessed going out!

You may be just one relationship away from your inheritance! Let's make sure we love every one including our enemies! It's time to go on in!