And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. ~ Genesis 2:7 ~
I’m so fascinated by this term ‘living soul’. In our knowledge of the structure of a human being, that s(he) is Spirit; Soul and Body. It sends my mind scouting, the thought that, this thing we call a soul, something we cannot see but have heard it described so many times, exists separately. Yet, the living and moving being is an actual living soul. What we call a body is actually a physical soul. Meaning all things that make up a soul are presented to us to perceive in a human form.
The bible tells us that God created man in His image and likeness. The question that should be in everyone’s mind constantly is – why did God create man? The bible doesn’t tell us why man was created, but it tells us of things created for the benefit of man. I mean God is so patient with humanity. He is loving, merciful and faithful towards man. It truly is a wonder, why? Yes, I get that He wants to extend His kingdom from heaven down to earth. However, we also know that He can raise even a stone to do what He requires done, or destroy this humanity like He did in the times of Noah and create a new human race. Yet His love and patience made us see Him come down to earth for a sacrifice, to save this very humanity.
1 Corinthians 2:9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Let’s look at this patience that we see, with Him forming His kingdom from scratch. Yet with all the disobedience of man, He doesn’t tire. To the point of the second coming of Christ, all the way to the new millenial. Such a plan for just humanity.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: – Genesis 12:1-2
The bible tells us that Abram took his wife, Lot and all their belongings, including their servants when they left for this unknown land, Canaan. Taking Lot might have been out of responsibility. Yet, it is only when he was separated from Lot that the Lord for the first time revealed his inheritance, the heritage of the nation that was in his loins. Lot was Abram’s nephew, but at the same time, represented familiarity. Which in this day translates to a familiar spirit. The Lord allowed for Abram to move around with this familiarity, even though He had instructed him to leave all his farmiliarity behind. See, familiar spirits feed from their host. They take whatever they can for the kingdom of darkness. Christ said, whoever is not for me is against me. It’s not a complicated statement. God chose Abram for His nation. That nation was to come from Abram’s loins and birthed by his wife. Therefore, besides his servants, no one else was chosen to be part of that nation. Hence he was told to leave all his familiarity behind, for God was building a nation from scratch.
As the born again Christians, there are many things we are familiar with that the Lord tells us to leave behind in our walk with Him. He says, behold I am doing a new thing, and that new thing is the individual and every benefit that comes with. You cannot recognise, accept and yield to this new thing if you are carrying around things that remind you of the old you. I am not saying you need to cut yourself off from your family, other people, or doing this and that. However, depending on your journey, the Lord will instruct you of what or who you need to part with maybe for a season. I have realised that sometimes the parting is temporary. You just need to trust God. This is the first thing we need to understand about walking with God. That He will remove anything and anyone that might hinder or delay our walk with him.
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” – Genesis 41:39-40
Joseph rises into power as a ruler in Egypt. This becoming because of his wisdom to interpret dreams and give counsel. However, after his rise, Pharaoh gives him a wife of an Egyptian priest, and subsequently, his gift is used for divination than prophecy. Him becoming a ruler was God positioning him for the migration of Israel to Egypt as spoken to Abraham. However, falling into divination could not have been part of the plan. In all his walk, Joseph managed to keep his dedication to the Lord. However, as a ruler, it’s like he lost his voice to reject the wife he was being given as a gift. What caused that? With all that wisdom, you’d think that Pharoah would let him be, but instead, much as he was a wise man of Israel, he had to adopt the ways of Egypt for Egypt wasn’t willing to adopt the ways of Israel, except for their benefit. Which tells us that, it is easy for another kingdom or god to overule those who belong to the kingdom of God. We saw this with Solomon as well. The Lord instructing him not to marry outside of Israel for these other women would teach him in the ways of their gods. Indeed it is exactly what happened. Same thing happened with Ahab. What is the solution then to this problem? Obedience and self control. This is the second thing we need to learn as the children of God. If we do not obey the Lord and learn to say no to our worldly desires, we will fail dismally.
Daniel 2:48. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
Daniel shows us the difference between a person dedicated to God to the one easily given to their own worldly desires and temptations. From denying food from the king’s table, all the way to being thrown into the lion’s den by the men of king Darius. Yet, he never gave up his loyalty. Just like Joseph, he was an overseer in the kingdom of Babylon. Even in this foreign country, he could not be moved. This is the third thing we need to learn, to be fixed and grounded in the Lord no matter what is thrown at us. He has promised to never leave nor forsake us. Which means that, even in the fire, even in the den of lions He will be there to rescue us. We should never let fear make us forget this promise. Greater is He that is in us, than the one who is in the world.
Ezra 9:1-2. Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
The priesthood, the set apart, sanctified and declared generational priests, even they find themselves mixed up with the women and sons of Canaan. The Lord instructed Israel, that when they get to Canaan they should not worship the Canaanite’s gods. Instead they should destroy every altar and idols. Yet, repeatedly, it is exactly what they did, the opposite of the instruction. It is said that a human body is about 70% water. The water from which we were formed is the dark waters from which the Lord raised the earth. Which means that we’re about that much subjected to evil than we are to righteousness. Meaning that we truly cannot be righteous on our own. We need the Spirit of the Lord to help us every step of the way. This is the fourth thing we ought to learn. That it is the Holy Spirit of God that helps and intercede for us in our infirmities. We need the Holy Spirit, we cannot do it on our own. Therefore, we should strive to never grieve the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.
Acts 6:12 – 13. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:
I truly would love to understand what had gotten to the church when they decided to murder Stephen. This is the same church we are told in the book of acts, that they were in one accord. Yet, the same church was able to murder one of their own purely because he spoke the truth, and he was not an Apostle. Stephen stood for the truth even when the church was coming against him in false witness. What they didn’t take into account was that he was full of the Holy Ghost and grace was upon him. At this point they should have known what happens to a person when full of grace and the Holy Ghost, but the ignored it. We cannot stand for truth if we lack boldness. It is the Holy Ghost that gives us such boldness. Which means that, in everything we do, we should be moved by the Holy Ghost for then, we have boldness and are perfect in speech to deliver whatever message the Lord wishes to deliver through us. There will of course be the opposers of such, but boldness by the Holy Ghost give us the necessary courage. We ought to pray for it always.
Canaan is the word of God, the inheritance of kings, our heritage. Abraham started it, Christ finished it and ours is to claim and hold on to it. It is with every treasure hidden in it and just needs to be searched out. Therefore, as we step into this Canaan, our inheritance, the land of milk and honey, may we remember these lessons to help us hold on to our heritage.
1) Trust in God always
2) Understand that He will remove some things or people permanently or for a season
3) Obedience and self control
4) To be fixed and grounded in the Lord
5) Grieve not the Holy Spirit
6) Stand for truth always in boldness by the Holy Ghost
Therefore, people of God, let us not be unwise in all our doings. Let us hold on to our heritage so we can see what the Lord has in plan for those who love Him.