For the Lord, your God is bringing you into a good land – Deuteronomy 8:7
A Promise about Abundance
Everyone of us will live our lives in all of these three different dimensions; first, we lived in the Mind of God, then we were formed in the womb, and soon after we came into manifestation. And when our time here on earth is done, we will return to God.
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart… – Jeremiah 1:5
Think about this for a moment; if you existed in the mind of God before coming into manifestation, that undoubtedly means that God had certain plans at the back of His mind concerning you. There are two groups of people in life – the stakeholders and the spectators – and more often than not, each of these groups of people choose what they turn out to be.
Israel, an Odyssey of Unbelief
Let’s look at Israel for example, a model nation; they too lived in three major territories. They dwelt first in Egypt where they multiplied and became a mighty nation; and although they grew and increased in the land, it didn’t change the fact that it was a land of bondage. Following their deliverance from slavery, they dwelt in the wilderness of Sinai for forty years due to bad choices and the discouraging reports from the spies they had sent to spy out the promised land.
What should have taken forty days, took them forty years and the consequence of that odyssey was that those who refused to believe God’s word were wiped out. When you take a closer look at the events of the wilderness, you will agree that the wilderness represents the land of “just enough” while the Promised Land – the third level of Israel’s existence – symbolises the “land of abundance!” Deuteronomy 8:7-10
Land Use or Land Abuse
Remember, the promised land had its rituals and violating those rituals is just the same as violating the God of the land which has severe consequences. It would result in the land violating the transgressor.
When they first lived there, they did not worship the Lord, so He sent Lions among them and they killed some of the people. – 2 Kings 17:25
Now, someone may be asking, what are ‘The rituals of land?’. Look at it this way; it is easy to be wealthy and idolatrous. ‘How?’ another may ask. Well, wealth is not evil, and it is okay to possess wealth and the good things of life, but it is absolutely wrong if you let these possessions control you!
“Money is either a servant or a monster; if it becomes your master, you will understand its monstrosity.”
Another example of the ‘rituals of the land’ is this; there must be a work-rest balance. Stop working endlessly without rest, that is the nature of demons. Matthew 12:43
Observe my Sabbath and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. – Leviticus 26: 2
God’s Sabbath is a command, it is a day of rest, period. It is a day to spend in God’s presence; a day to meditate and reflect on goodness, mercy and all the good things He has done for you. Do you know why? Because your heart will never be filled with gratitude if you take these “little things” for granted.
That is something to stop and think about for a moment.
Egypt, Land of Cruel Bondage
Before we get to the gate of abundance, I’ll like us to take an in-depth look at the three territories that the Israelites dwelt in. This is especially important because you and I are living in either one of these scenarios at every point in time. And until we are able to understand the intricacies involved, we may not know where we are or how to relocate.
“No matter how hard a believer tries, prays and push, there is no all sufficiency for you in the land of Egypt.”
Chew on that a moment…
This was perhaps why God prevented Isaac from going down to Egypt during the famine. And by obeying God, Isaac obtained a result that was contrary to the prevailing negative environmental conditions; he prospered in that land and the Philistines envied him. Egypt is the land of cruel bondage. It is the operational base of those who observe the winds and are influenced by the environment instead of the Spirit of God. Listen, you can be a leader in the church and still be located in Egypt.
Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land I tell you to live. – Genesis 26:2
In Genesis 12&13, we see that at some point both Abram and Lot were both moved by what they could see and what they could perceive. When famine smacked the land God had sent Abram to, Abram decided God was not aware of the sudden climatic change and so ‘he went down to Egypt’. Isn’t that profound; seeing the Bible describe Abram’s relocation as descendent and regressive? In this same manner, many have moved into disaster! Keep in mind though that it is not wrong to move if God is moving you.
“Egypt is the operational base of those who observe the winds and are moved by the environment, instead of the Spirit of God.”