Joshua 5:12 (GW)The day after that, the manna stopped. The people of Israel never had manna again. That year they began to eat the crops that grew in Canaan.
After the Children of Israel were led by Joshua across the Jordan River they circumcised the children of Israel because the generation which crossed over had not been circumcised symbolizing a making of covenant with God for that generation. Their fathers who’d been delivered from Egypt and were part of the original circumcision died in the wilderness because of disobedience. They also celebrated Passover symbolizing the fact the Lord spared that generation from the curse of their forefathers who died in the wilderness because of their disobedience.
The day after celebrating Passover they ate of the stores they had; all the old bread and scorched corn. I look at this as a coming to the end of an old paradigm; an end of reliance on the old ways; the old supply. It represents stepping into the now of God for your life in preparation for the next phase of victory.
The second day after celebrating Passover the Lord once again provided manna. Manna represents God’s provision which was there to build your confidence in the fact God can and will care for you and be with you as you walk obediently in covenant with Him. The time of receiving manna prepares your heart and mind for the next place to come where you will have to utilize that lifestyle of obedience and that confidence in your covenant God as He leads you into the place of promise for your life.
On the third day after celebrating Passover the manna stopped forever and the people began to eat of the crops that grew in Canaan. There is a time between manna and possessing the promise in which God will develop your appetite for the promise. He will allow you to experience the promise so you will grow a hunger to possess it. He will allow you to work the land and enjoy the fruit of your labor so that you will know that it is He who prospers your hand and causes you to increase in that which He has promised. The children of Israel had an entire year of this to develop their faith and confidence in the fact that God will prosper them in this new land and that they will reap the reward of their labor to come.
This year was in fact preparation for a coming time of war. It helped them to know the war was not be won on their own ability; it was to be won based on the lessons they’d learned in the wilderness as well as this year in Canaan. The time of preparation develops a mindset to know just as the Children of Israel: God is with us, God will keep us, God will cause us to be victorious in possessing the Promised land, God will cause you to be able to enjoy the fruit of this land He has promised us. It develops an appetite to possess the promise and builds them up faith concerning God’s ability to see you through to possessing the promise.
the battle to possess the promise is at hand and you will be victorious
Allow your faith to be build up during your season of preparation because the battle to possess the promise is at hand and you will be victorious. God is with you. God will keep you. God will cause you to be victorious in possessing your promised land. God will cause you to be able to enjoy the promise He has given you.
Be Strengthened – Be Encouraged – Be Blessed! ~ Dawn L Klauman
I’ve learned so far that grace is the revealed will of the Father appropriated by our faith which is evident by our acting according to what we have heard and believed. Faith can only appropriate that which grace has provided. If God has not said it; don’t expect Him to be responsible to bring it to pass. This then brings me to the question; how do we then know what Gods plans are for us? How do we come in contact with the will of God for our lives to know what He has by His grace already provided for our lives?
In response to my asking the question, the Holy Spirit brought to mind the passage of scripture found in Deuteronomy 8:3 which says “ And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did they fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (KJV), He then reminded me of the Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6: 9-13 in which the Lord prays gives us example of how to pray saying “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Fathers which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (KJV) These scriptures are important to anyone who would seek to know the will of the Father and see it come to pass in his or her own life.
Looking at Deuteronomy 8:3 I see how God gave the children of Israel a life example of how to not depend on what you think you already know or have known of Him in their daily walk. How not to live based on what has been known by their ancestors or what they presumed to know concerning the will of the Father. He taught then how to seek Him daily for provision and sustenance. He gave them manna which was not manmade bread or something prepared beforehand. It was the “whatness” of God for that day. The interesting facts about manna was that one could not take more than they needed or try to store up enough for a future time; God gave enough for the day ahead or if the Sabbath; enough to make it through the ordained time of rest, but beyond that they had to come daily before the Father. He was teaching them, and is teaching us through their experience how to get to the place where there is a proceeding word; to get to the face of the Father and hear from the mouth of God Himself what is needed for us on the particular day. It is important to see daily communication with the Father as what we will need to be able to live the good life God has prepared for us. Until we know what His will is we will not know how to walk in it; When we know what His will is we can then appropriate it in the earth.
Jesus gives us an example of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. What I’d not noticed until today is the fact that before Jesus even asks the Father anything; he first recognizes that necessity of the Kingdom of God and the will of God being manifested on the earth as it is in the heavens. He goes on to ask God for the daily bread or in other words the proceeding word in order that God’s will be accomplished. I’d never connected this bread with the proceeding word until this very morning. Jesus asks the Father for the “whatness” to be revealed before even asking for forgivness, guidance, or protection. Wow. This really just hammers in the point for me. Apporaching the Father to know the “whatness” He has provided each and every day is vital to our very lives. We can ask for nothing until we know what it is He has provided. Once we know what it is; we can then ask through prayerand see it manifested in our lives. Let’s take time out every day to get our daily fill of the “whatness” of God for our lives.
I’ve got some older post that I feel it would be beneficial to share over the next few postings. They were good growing points for me in my walk. I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I have.
Be Strengthened – Be Encouraged – Be Blessed! ~ Dawn
In the Charismatic Church I’ve seen a great pull between knowing the Word of God and being led by the Spirit of God. Many feel it is more important to know the Word; allowing God to fill your head-space in order to be effective in your witness. They spend a lot of time memorizing scriptures in preparation to be able to preach the Gospel using it as in 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 states “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”. Others, however believe it is more important to be led by the Spirit of God in order to allow God to fill your heart-space in order to be able to walk out your witness before others. They spend a lot of time in prayer, praise and worship in order to experience the presence of God so as to receive instruction from Holy Spirit because according to John 16:13 “he will guide you into all truth”. I believe both aspects are equally important.
I believe we believers should invest as much time getting to know God by spending time in his presence as we do getting to know about him through His Word.
I believe we believers should invest as much time getting to know God by spending time in his presence as we do getting to know about him through His Word. Knowing about him by His word introduces Him to the our head-space. As we meditate on the Word we learn about his nature and character. It also builds a desire in our hearts to come to know him on a more intimate level thereby filling you’re heart space. That desire leads us to spend more time in prayer, praise, and worship which then opens us up to being led by the Spirit of God, and creates the passion necessary to share the Word of God you’ve learned with others.
God occupying the head-space and heart-space of the believer are equally valuable. Consider the scripture in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” when pondering how the mind and heart work together to develop us in our walk with God. There is no need to pit one approach against the other because they work together to develop not only our witness, but our character. One can not be effective without the other!
Be strengthened * Be Encouraged * Be Blessed ~ Dawn
I try to share with you what I know as I’m learning to walk with God. I’m not really a regimented writer. I write based on inspiration of the Holy Spirit as well as my personal experiences. If nothing is inspired there will be no post. I may be in a phase of learning or experiencing and it’s hard for me to share what I don’t know. I hope this blog will help to strengthen you in faith, encourage you to keep on walking with God, and bless you with knowledge and understanding as I receive it.
Much Love, Dawn