Examples

Posted: July 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Churches tend to reside in one or the other of three places, Egypt, the Wilderness, and Canaan. When Paul wrote to the church in the city of Corinth, he spoke of the experiences of Israel in those three places, and said, ‘These things happened to them as an example for us.” (I Cor. 10:11) If we fail to learn from the failure of generations past, we are doomed to make the same mistakes.

Egypt was the place of bondage and slavery. It represents being held down by sin, or even by tradition. Canaan, on the other hand, is the land of promise. While some want to make it heaven, it is not. It represents the full and abundant life of blessing from God here and now. It is living in the favor of God. Have you ever been in church somewhere and noticed they had “It”. It is hard to describe what “It” is, but you knew they had it. It was God’s favor on that place. The wilderness represents living in that realm of failure to enter God’s land of Promise. That choice is usually made because there are always giants in the land of Promise.

Giants take all kinds of shapes and sizes, but usually they are the “Pain” of change and embracing the unknown. There are enemy fortresses to conquer, like Jericho and AI. How does a church end up there? I think the same way the Israelites did. There was a small group that could not see past the giants. They in turn spread a bad report and discontent and grumbling soon took over.

Where is your church? Where are you? Where do you want to be? Where do you want your church to be? What are you doing about it?

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