From the Desert to the Promised Land

From the Desert to the Promised Land

January 24



“The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan.”- (Josh 5:12).

God calls you to eat from the fruit of your own work. During the exodus from Egypt, Israel had to eat manna, the supernatural provision of God because there was no ability to make a living in the desert. However, the moment they stepped into the Promised Land the manna stopped because God had brought them into a new place. The new land could yield food and provision for their families. They simply had to work it.

For most of us God has provided us an ability to derive our provision from the work He has called us to do. God made a covenant with His people that provision would always be there if we were faithful to His commands.

“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out” (Deut 28:3-6).

In order for this promise to be fulfilled we must fulfill His requirements. We must love the Lord our God with all our hearts and minds. And we must avoid having any idols in our lives that will take the place of God.

Every believer is called to come out of “Egypt” and enter into our own Promised Land. He has already set aside the land for you. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself to be able to derive the fruit from your land.

“The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands” (Deut 28:12).

How strong convictions come

January 24
How strong convictions come
For reading & meditation: James 1:2-8
“‘ that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (v.4)

We continue meditating on the first verse of Psalm 73: “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” The psalmist has gone through an experience of crippling doubt but the great thing is this: he has emerged from it spiritually enriched and with a deeper confidence in the goodness of God. So he starts with that conclusion and then tells us how he got there. This is one of the great values of the psalms – they reflect and analyse the experiences that we are called upon to face. Ray Steadman says of the psalms: “They are an enactment of what most of us are going through, have gone through or will go through in the walk of faith.” Every one of us will be able to understand the psalmist’s struggle: we start off with a positive faith in God’s goodness and then something happens which causes us to be plagued with doubts. The problem then is how to get back to where we were. This is what the psalmist does in this psalm – he shows us how to return to the place where the soul finds true peace. We should not forget that the strongest convictions are born in the throes of doubt. The statement “God is good to Israel” is a statement grounded in experience. In a similar vein, Dostoevsky, the famous Russian novelist, could say: “It is not as a child that I believe and confess Christ. My hosannah is ‘born of a furnace of doubt.’ ” Doubts may discourage but they need not demoralise you. It is not what happens to you, but what you make of it that matters.
Gracious and loving Father, I pray that You will do for me what You did for the psalmist and help me turn my strongest doubts into my strongest beliefs. I offer You my willingness – now add to it Your power. In Jesus’ Name I ask it. Amen.
For further study:
1. What characteristic did the psalmist display?
2. What was his confession of faith?


So what about the ‘Rights’ of the unborn? Or don’t they count since they don’t vote?
@alfranken: But with continued attacks on women’s repro rights and efforts to defund @PPFA, the GOP is showing that they don’t respect women’s freedom.

Media BiASSED:

MTP Showdown: Flustered Todd Snaps at Conway Over Media Bias


Things got heated on Sunday’s Meet the Press after the president’s council, Kellyanne Conway, confronted NBC’s Chuck Todd on his, and media’s, bias against Donald Trump. Todd was up in arms because Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest ever. “That now calls into question everything the press secretary will say from here on out,” Todd insisted. But Conway countered with the media’s own history of reporting false information on the Trump administration.

CNN: Is Dictator Trump Making You ‘Doubt Your Own Eyes’ to Truth?


CNN’s resident anti-Donald Trump alarmist Brian Stelter took to his show, “Reliable Sources,” Sunday and issued his arguably most dire/bonkers warning about the president yet. “Do citizens in dictatorships recognize what’s happening right here right now,” he sneered, “Are they looking at the first two days of the Trump administration and saying, ‘Oh, that’s what my leader does?’” Stelter’s cries of despot were triggered by Trump doing what all politicians do, exaggerate their own performance.

ABC, NBC Tout Women’s March, Downplay Hate and Bomb Threat


The Sunday following the anti-President Donald Trump Women’s March on Washington, network news rushed to spin the event as an inclusive event about putting the president on notice. “[Trump will] be confronting images, however, like this,” hyped Paula Farris on Good Morning America, “Hundreds of thousands of women, and men, hitting the streets.” There was no talk of the obscene parts of Ashley Judd’s hate filled tirade nor Madonna’s fantasy of “blowing up the White House,” only a fleeting mention on NBC.

MSNBC: March Participants ‘Aren’t Protestors,’ Haven’t ‘Lost Their Voice’ After Trump Victory


Amidst MSNBC’s day-long propaganda effort on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington, correspondent Stephanie Gosk fawned over how the far-left participants “aren’t protesters” because “[t]hey’ve never protested before” and came “from all over the country, a lot of them with their children, with their daughters.”

Lies: MSNBC Propagandizes Women’s March Is ‘Message of Unity,’ Not ‘Hateful or Anti-Trump’


Yes, that headline does not contain a typo. All Saturday morning on MSNBC, the liberal cable network foolishly tried to convince viewers that the far-left, pro-abortion Women’s March would offer only “a message of unity” and not be “hateful or anti-Trump.” This is just not true. As my colleague and MRC Culture writer Katie Yoder has repeatedly chronicled, women’s groups with pro-life beliefs were not only purged, but also informed that the official event platform “is pro-choice.”

Matthews: Trump Speech Was ‘Hitlerian,’ Jokes He Could Fix Nepotism Laws By Hanging Son-in-Law


MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was a living, breathing edition of Notable Quotables on Inauguration Day, offering takes ranging from joking about Mussolini and former President George W. Bush hugging Supreme Court justices to this now-infamous quip that President Trump’s speech was “Hitlerian.”

NBC: ‘Shockingly Divisive’ Trump Threw ‘Verbal Grenades’ in Address


Friday’s NBC Nightly News hyped how President Donald Trump supposedly lobbed “verbal grenades” in his inauguration address, as Hallie Jackson put it. Chuck Todd contended that the speech was “shockingly divisive for an inaugural,” and quickly added that it was “unnecessarily divisive.” Todd later underlined that Trump “insulted almost every living president that was there…which, to me, was so stunning.”

‘Shades of Pyongyang’: MSNBC Hypes HuffPost’s Military Parade Claim


During MSNBC’s Friday coverage of the inauguration, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow played up a report from the Huffington Post claiming that President Trump’s transition team requested military hardware for the inaugural parade. Matthews wondered, “Wouldn’t that look like a little shades of Pyongyang?” Maddow added, “It would be a little Red Square to do that.” Minutes later, Maddow revisited the supposed request for a “Red Square-style show of military force,” and lamented, “It’s embarrassing — to be the only president with no public service or military experience being the one who wants to most show off the military.”

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