In the last blog, I started to share about my journey in the “spiritual wilderness.” Before we travel too far into the spiritual desert, I want you to know that there is a Promised Land that we can apprehend now. To know that you are in a spiritual desert, you must have a reference, some experience with the “Promised Land (PL).” I have tasted the fruit, smelled its aroma, heard its vibrations, seen its glory, and felt its joy. We do not have to wait until we die and go to heaven to have the substance of the Promised Land. The tough part is that we need to die to self in order to experience our birthright now.
The PL becomes the reference for living life. The PL is the place that the Holy Spirit gives to us through grace when we make a commitment to be a living sacrifice to God in Christ. The PL is the place that flows with the abundant life in Christ. The PL is the place where joy, peace, and rest reside. It is the place that we follow Jesus moment by moment in company with Him, doing the things Jesus does and saying the things Jesus says. It is the place of koinonia with the Spirit.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship (koinonia) of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Corinthians 13:14 NASB
We have fellowship (koinonia) with the Spirit; a life of being not doing! It is the life of Christ breathing through you, living through you by choice and mutual agreement. It is a life of being joint participants with the Holy Spirit who is our director and guide in the specific endeavors of life. It is a place of resting from our labors.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy–burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NASB
“Therefore, let us be diligent to enter the rest . . . .” Hebrew 4:11NASB
The PL is a place we live. It is a residence that has an address with your name on it and is written in the “Book of Life.” It is on record, documented that Al lives here; this is my home, my sanctuary and my place of rest. Grace is the vehicle that has the power to get you there, which is energized by faith with the Holy Spirit’s God maps to guide the way to the final spiritual destination, which is the PL and the Kingdom of God. I can have my birthright now because the Kingdom of God, the PL, is within me.
“Nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”’ Luke 7:21 NKJV