Well,,,, I really thought when I started this post
that it would be over in about two posts.
BUT…. There’s more….. and it’s good!
Remember from last time that there was so
much murmuring and complaining that the
parents who left Egypt could never accomplish
what they wanted to accomplish. Or better
stated, because of their complaining they
just died in the wilderness with NO success.
That’s what we do in our home based business
when all we do is look for flaws in the system
or just TALK negative about people, places or
things pertaining to the business.
Well let’s not do that…
What do we do??
Let’s look again at the book of Joshua Chapter 5 to
see what we must do.
We’ll look at a metaphor to explain what’s applicable
to us today…
The story:Joshua 5: “All those who came out of Egypt—
all the men of military age—died in the wilderness
on the way after leaving Egypt. 5All the people that
came out had been circumcised, but all the people
born in the wilderness during the journey from
Egypt had not. 6The Israelites had moved about in
the wilderness forty years until all the men who were
of military age when they left Egypt had died, since
they had not obeyed the Lord.”
Here’s a case where the parents had stopped obeying
the LORD and stopped circumcising all the male
children. This is something the LORD had wanted
but the parents, because of their murmuring and
complaining, forgot what they needed to do.
I am not sure why the parents did this…
here are some guesses…
Parents were under the judgment of God…
wandering in the desert…waiting to die.
- Maybe…..parents Lost a vision for what
their generation could become…
Without vision…started to drift from zeal for God.
- Maybe….parents Fell more in love with the
past than the future…Started being a
“remember when” generation.
- Maybe they felt like kids had it hard enough…
wander around…let them off the hook.
Whatever happened…the parents drifted in zeal for God…
Regressive generation…failed faith environment…
parent’s legacy passed to kids was spiritual failure…
let their kids off the hook for holiness.
God could not have this…Circumcision was about
holiness…God never lets us off the hook when
it comes to holiness….he didn’t then and He doesn’t now.
If God is going to take new territory through us…
He is going to want to take some NEW HOLINESS
TERRITORY in us….Holiness is a big deal to God…
He never lets us off the hook.
So we look at our business. Are we ready for what’s coming?
We spend so much time on “other things” that the
“important things” don’t get done.
So what happened…
The children of those that left Egypt had to get
right…or get circumcised in this case, in order to
move on into the success of their journey.
Same with us…. If we’ve not done some of the
basics in our business,,,,, we need to get on it
and get them done!!!
After the young men were circumcised, they had
to remain in the camp for a time of healing.
Oh that’s so true…. We need to spend the necessary
time, doing what needs to be done for the basics of
our business… Learn,,,, Learn… watch…. Practice…
practice and learn more. Then we’re ready.
Next, here’s a question Miles Welch ask the small group
Where are we letting ourself off the hook on holiness?
Where are we giving ourselves a pass? Where are we riding
on last year’s holiness? (success, dreams)
Where are we drifting into secret sin…thinking
NO ONE will know?
Where are we letting ourselves say things holiness
Things we see that holiness would never allow
itself to see…where are we letting ourselves go
places holiness will not go and do what holiness
would never do? Where are we letting ourselves
off the hook?
This is not some legalistic, make us feel bad about
ourselves guilt trip…I am not talking about perfection
or even religion…I am talking about LOVE FOR GOD
that refuses distraction….that is what holiness is…
a love for God that translates into obedience to God…
even when that obedience is painful, personal and private…
and no one would know if we obeyed or not…
that is holiness..
Now let’s ask these same questions as they relate
to our business…
Where are we:
+ With Giving ourselves a pass
+ With Riding on last years successes
+ With our Drifting
+ With our WORDS
We must ask ourselves these questions daily:
So we keep focused on our business.
So we keep doing INCOME PRODUCING activities.
If we love our business, we avoid distractions.
If we love our business, we are obedient to do
what needs to be done.
YES,,,, even when it’s painful, personal and private.
SO… let’s get focused… get back on the track…so
we can achieve our promised land.
Let’s do it!
Next time we’ll talk about HUNGER.
How hungry are you for success?
Jerry and Diane