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By Ф.Г. Солнцев [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ф.Г. Солнцев [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Have you ever noticed how many proverbs talk about strife? A simple word search turned up this sheaf of wisdom – all from the Proverbs, all in the ESV

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. - 15:18

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. - 16:28
Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. - 17:1

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. - 17:14

Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. - 17:19

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. - 20:3

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. - 22:10

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. - 26:17

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. - 26:20

As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. - 26:21

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched. - 28:25

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. - 29:22

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife. - 30:33

There is however some godly striving we need to do:

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; - Hebrews 12:4 NASB

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. - Jude 1:3 NASB

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12 NASB

So – quit fighting and get ready for the battle.

Ben NelsonBlessings to all

Ben

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The purpose of leading the Israelites out of Egypt wasn’t just to get them out, it was to get them in. ~ Diane Reid

As I mentioned yesterday, this is a line from a recent blog from DevoMom. You can read it here.

Yesterday I was tip-toeing around my point, but today I will just jump in.

Much of the history of Israel that is recorded for us in Holy Scripture is there as type and shadow. It is there to teach us, or prepare us for what we are living in now.

I want you to understand friends, that the land of promise is not the sweet bye and bye, but a picture of the Spirit filled life of the believer.

Moreover it is a picture of war!

This is of huge importance dear ones.

God said to Joshua

Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. - Joshua 1:3 NASB

And yet every thing they received from the hand of God, they had to contend for. And not just to get it in the first place, but to hold on to it.

The Philistines were trying to take back what Israel took from them from the day Jericho fell until the day – well – until a day that has not yet arrived.

What are you saying Ben?

I hear Christians talk about the promises of God in a totally different light.

If God wants me to have it, He will give it to me.

I thought I was healed, but I found my self with the same sickness again.

If God wanted me to be rich, He would provide a better job for me.

I am just waiting on God…

But:

God says:

I gave this land to your forefathers as a possession forever.

Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." - Acts 2:38-39 NASB

God says:

It belongs to YOU. Every step you take into the land of promise is yours.

But you must go in.

You must take it.

You must fight for it (using God’s weapons and strategies – not your own striving)

You must keep it.

You must contend.

You must not relent.

Today beloved, we take a stand.

Today brothers and sisters, we take the land.

Come Holy Spirit!

Thanks for coming by today.

Ben NelsonSee you again soon.

Until then, I remain,

your brother Ben.