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YOU ARE ALMOST THERE

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 9:55 AM

CHAPTER NINE

YOU ARE ALMOST THERE

INTRODUCTION

The Christian life is a journey. Jacob described his life as a pilgrimage (Gen. 47:9). David too described his life as a pilgrimage (Psa.119:54). In 1Peter 2:11, Peter describes Christians as pilgrims. Paul and the writer of the book of Hebrews describe the Christian journey as a race (1Cor.9:24; Heb.12:1). All these establish the fact that the Christian life is a journey.

 

BEWARE OF POOR FINISHING

Like the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, every child of God is on a journey of destiny. On this journey, we will arrive at different bus stops of life. There will be bus stops of challenges, bus stops of encouragements, bus stops of waiting and training, bus stops of discipline, bus stops of compensations, bus stops of provisions and refreshing, and bus stops of celebration.

Our adversary the devil seems to monitor our progress on this journey. For example, when we arrive at the bus stop of Marah (bitter experiences), he will often try to deceive us into thinking that Marah is the end of the journey. He will bombard our minds with discouragement and self-pity. He will try to blind our eyes to the fact that Elim (the place of refreshing) is just some kilometers away. He will create the impression that we will never get to our Canaan.

So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters (Exo 15:22-27).

The truth however is, we are closer to our Canaan than we imagine. A Marah experience is an indication that Elim is not far away. The threats of giants is a sign that we are about to enter the Promise Land. One of the tragedies of the Christian faith is for a believer to reach Kadesh Barnea (the fringes of Canaan) but fail to enter into his or her Canaan. Some have failed to enter their Canaan because of satanic manipulation and pressure. They simply gave up at the edge of their breakthrough and forfeited their destiny.

• The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

 

• And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.

 

• Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea. (Deut. 1:6-8, 27-28, 39-40).

 

 

This was what Achan, the Israelite soldier who brought disaster and first battle defeat to Israel, failed to understand.

• And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it (Josh. 6:17-18).

 

• But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel (Josh. 7:1).

 

• And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water. And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! (Josh. 7:5-8).

 

In Israel’s first major battle in Canaan, the battle front was at Jericho and the instruction was given that no one should loot or take anything from the city, for everything in Jericho was accursed. They were to be totally destroyed, even humans as well. But covetous, disobedient and an impatient Achan would have none of that. He flouted a clear divine instruction and military order and took as much gold, silver and clothings as he wanted.

As a result, Israel needlessly lost a small battle against a small town, and Achan and his family members were publicly executed by stoning and burning, for being responsible.

Sadly, and unknown to Achan, God had already planned that Israel’s fighting troops would be permitted to take as much loot as they wanted in their next battle.

Achan should have discerned that and waited. But also alas, he failed at the edge of success.

And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it. And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it (Josh. 8:1-2).

SATANIC MANIPULATIONS AT THE EDGE OF CANAAN

When people are at the edge of their Canaan, the enemy in conjunction with the flesh will orchestrate the following:

• Impatience

• Despair

• Discouragement

• Frustration

• Fleshly alternative

• Loss of faith

• Bitterness

• Self-pity

• Desertions

• Depression

• Fear

• Envy of others

• Backsliding.

 

WHAT YOU MUST DO TO ENTER YOUR CANAAN OR INHERITANCE

• Keep on believing in God and His promises; it will happen sooner than you imagine

• Remain and retain your cheerful and zealous self. Never withdraw from divine service.

• Say an emphatic ‘NO’ to the emotion of fear

• Keep on dealing with your roots and foundation

• Raise a dynamic altar of prophecy performance and fulfillment.

• Give a prophetic offering

 

 

 

SPECIAL BREAKTHROUGH PRAYERS

FAITH SCRIPTURES

• Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place (Deut. 1:28-31).

 

• Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD (Psa. 31:24).

 

• That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

• Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul

(Heb. 6:12, 10:35-39).

 

PRAYER GUIDE:

1. I celebrate you my God for your sure word of prophecy over my life.

2. Thank you Lord because your promises concerning me are yea and amen through Christ Jesus.

3. I repent of all my attitude of unbelief, despair, impatience, bitterness, and fear. Have mercy on me O Lord.

4. Father, I ask for the encouragement and strength of the Holy Spirit to continue in my journey and fight of faith.

5. I refuse to forfeit my breakthrough and my Canaan in Jesus name.

6. Let the careful plot of the enemy concerning my life fail woefully, in Jesus name.

7. By the blood of Jesus, I resist and break every foundational yoke that may be hindering me from entering into my Canaan.

8. In the name of Jesus, I silence any power that may be saying, ‘You will not get there.’

9. I break any chain of hell that may be pulling me back from advancing into my Canaan, in the name of Jesus.

10. I command the powers of the ancient Pharaoh of my father’s house to let me go now, in Jesus name.

11. I command the spirit and anointing of Egypt to depart from me now, in Jesus name.

12. Demons of despair, discouragement, and frustration, I bind you now and cast you out of my life, in Jesus name.

13. Any altar that is speaking embargo into my life; I command you to scatter and be roasted, in Jesus name.

14. I break the power of fear and loss of faith, in Jesus name.

15. Like David, I encourage myself in the Lord; I refuse to cooperate with my enemy, in Jesus name.

16. I receive grace and faith to overcome my present challenges and to move into my Canaan, in Jesus name.

17. I receive deliverance from every spell, bewitchment, and enchantment, in Jesus name.

18. By the blood of Jesus, I break the jinx of failure at the edge of breakthrough.

19. I receive possibility power to enjoy divine opportunities, in Jesus name.

20. I break free from the strongman of prayerlessness, in Jesus name.

21. I receive power and fire to pray until my miracle happens, in Jesus name.

22. I break loose from the chains of spiritual stagnation and limitation, in Jesus name.

23. I receive wisdom to be patient, willing, and obedient.

24. I declare that I shall eat the good of the land and possess my Canaan, In Jesus name.

25. I thank you Lord for taking me into my Land of Inheritance and breakthrough.

 

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