Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Good Land
“The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance” Joshua 14:9.
Many times when I read Scripture God turns the prism in a different light for application and instruction. This morning was no different as I considered the only two options in which we walk – walking in the land of the spirit or walking in the flesh of our heart’s emotions. We are reminded in Jeremiah 17:9 that ‘the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.’ When we walk out our emotions we walk with a terminal condition … one that snuffs out the spirit. Our inheritance will be quick to anger … an attitude of entitlement … a judgmental and bitter spirit.
‘Emotions don’t have intellect. They don’t think clearly or wisely. They can’t make the best decisions and steer you in the most appropriate direction. They only want to be soothed and coddled, appeased and pacified.’ Gideon, p. 159. Walking in the flesh are baby desires for a baby faith. As we spiritually mature we are called to grow up and out of our emotions. We are encouraged to lay our emotional pacifiers down and replace it with the milk of the spirit. If we were all to caudle and nurse our hurts we would be a spiritual kingdom of faithless babies. ‘Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you tasted that the Lord is good’ 1 Peter 2:1-3.
The goal is to become more Christ like as we walk out our inheritance. Jesus walked on earth in the power of God and we have that same ability through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the counselor and the teacher whom God has sent to cure our sick hearts. One of the greatest weapons against our emotions is allowing our feet to walk in the land of the spirit. We have a promise regarding where we plant our feet.
‘Do not be deceived…A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap…Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers’ Gal. 6:7-10.
And then, on one marvelous and remarkable day we will step up to God’s throne and receive our spiritual inheritance and walk out eternity with Jesus…the good and perfect land.