"And they said to Joshua, 'Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the habitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.'" [Joshua 2:24, NKJV]
After over 10 generations since the promise was first given of inheriting the promised land, the Israelites stood on its borders. This time they were full of faith and ready for the new challenges of conqueoring and living in the Promised Land. The giants in the land no longer held fear for them.
The giants in our personal land will be different but in the land, as faced by the Church in general, there are some common giants. One of those is, I believe, that we have been robbed of a belief in the victorious future of the Church. [Caution: You may want to stone me for this. My bones would appreciate it if you just prayerfully considered it instead;] Our eyes have been diverted to heaven and a belief in the "any moment" second return of Christ. Now, please don't misunderstand me, I believe in both heaven and the physical Second Coming of Jesus.
God plans for the long term. The Israelites went through 450 years of training and waiting before Joshua led them into the promised land. Our forefathers had a vision for the future. Many of the schools, universities, hospitals, orphanages, even the nations of Canada and the US, etc. were found by Christian men and women who were working for a long-term vision. To a large degree we have surrendered these to the humanists because we have lost the vision for the future. One reason we have done so is that we have ignored the command to make disciples of all nations [which is more than conversions] because we have hoped Jesus would return "at any moment". Sorry, Jesus is not returning on a rescue mission because we have been too lazy or cowardly to gain and hold the land. He will return for a glorious, victorious church which is storming the very gates of Hell [Matt. 16:18, Eph. 5:27] .
Future generations [and there will be future generations] will look back on this point in history and condemn us for our failure or honour us for our courage. More importantly will our Lord say "Well done", or we have to hang our heads in shame?
I thank God that over the last years Christians in North America have begun to wake up. Some Christians have taken stands on issues such as abortion, Christian schools, etc. Some North American Christians have gone to jail or suffered law suits. Unfortunately Christians have not been united on what ought to be basic issues. What would happen if all the Christians in North America stood united to stop the murder of the unborn? or to end government harassment of Christian schools and churches?
Am I saying political action is the answer? No. Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, moving on the hearts and minds of men and women is the answer. We have to stop expecting Christ to break through the clouds in His second coming at any moment and roll up our sleeves and get down to the job
at hand. We need to support one another. We need to develop and work
long-term plans. We need to retake the land that has been stolen from
us and add to it. We need to expand the Kingdom of God further that it has ever gone before. It takes team work under the direction of our Great Joshua. The Second Coming of Christ will happen, but not while His bride is failing to make herself ready. The Second Coming will be a time of rejoicing in our Divine Lover and a job well done.
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