"Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers. Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden (walked) upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord." Deuteronomy 1:35-36
The pleasures of sin are never worth the price you pay for them. Hebrews tells us there is "pleasure of sin for a season” and we are drawn to it like a mosquito is to the bright light that zaps the life out of it. Consequences work both ways, and they can have a positive effect on our lives as well if we choose to do what is right. You always reap what you sow. The harvest is representative of the seed that is cast, and if you want a good crop, then you must plant good seed. If you plant bad seed, there should be no surprise when you reap a bad harvest.
I am grateful for the program at Freedom That Lasts, as God has used it to change my life like I never thought He could. I felt I would be relinquished to my addictions and problems for the rest of my life, and I did not see much hope. I convinced myself I was not too bad, but there were pet sins that I was entangled in, and I just felt that this was the way life would be for me. No matter how hard I tried to do what was right, I was haunted by these besetting sins, and I honestly did not immerse myself fully into God's Word and pray for full deliverance. I was “playing around” spiritually, and I was reaping those “playing around” consequences. I learned if things were going to be different in my life, then I was going to need to walk a new path.
We say every Friday in Freedom That Lasts, "We do what we do because we are what we are. To change what we do, we must cooperate with God to change who we are." I had spent my whole life trying to live life my way with God sprinkled in and hoping for the best. I never saw the big picture spiritually, and I could not understand why I couldn’t get true victory. The light turned on, and I finally came to realize that I was going to have to do things God's way 100%, and I was going to have to quit playing games. I could not follow Him partly, but I had to fully surrender to Him in all aspects of my life. No “break glass in case of emergency” type of hidden sin, but it had to be His way all the way. I started to see my life change when I fully followed Him, and there were others who saw it as well. I am in no way perfect and many will attest to this, but I have a desire to live for God, and I strive to do this on a moment to moment basis. I don't want to go back to the old version of me, and I desire to continue growing closer to God until I see Him face to face.
Caleb was one of two Israelite men who fully followed the Lord. He had every incentive to follow the others who were with him, but He chose to follow God instead of the masses. He did things God's way, and He did not lean on his own understanding. He planted good seed in his life, and he reaped the good consequences of his decisions. The others who did not believe in God or follow Him did not get to go to the Promised Land because of their disobedience. Not only did Caleb reap a good harvest, but his children did as well as he inherited the land he walked on and his inheritance came from God.
Where are you today friend? Are you trying to live life your way? Do you feel you are “religious” but not cooperating with God to change your life? Are you living life fully God's way or are you trying to serve two masters? God requires every part of us, and He requires full surrender. May we follow the lead of Caleb who chose to follow our just and holy God with His whole heart, and may we reap those good consequences and inheritance that God has in store for us.
Stay in the fight!