OUR PROMISED LAND

The children of Israel were in an incredible situation, much like the one we find ourselves in sometimes. They lived in the midst of miracles in the wilderness. He provided them fresh bread every morning. They had fresh water 24 hours a day, and they had quail to eat. Their clothes and shoes grew with them and never wore out. They had a flame by night to keep them warm, and the cloud by day to keep them cool. They were living in the miraculous of God, and yet God was not pleased with them because they would not let Him take them beyond their comfort zone.

They limited themselves by saying, This is what we believe; that’s all we believe, and anything else is from the pit. They, more or less, stuck their feet in the sand and told God, “This is all the farther we’re going.” Consequently, they missed the very thing they were born to fulfill.

Don’t let the trickster get you to believe that just because you are experiencing the miraculous, there is no more. Remember, the miracles were intended to help the children of Israel move into a new land, a new way of living, a deeper relationship with their Lord. They looked awesome, mighty, powerful to the rest of the world, but they themselves could not understand what God had for them. He had prepared for them a place of rest and peace and intimate relationship.

Remember, it’s easy to leave Egypt because you leave the sin you hate, but it’s hard to leave the wilderness because you have to leave the sin you crave. The thing within us that prevents us from going forward is the thing that we do not want to change; we don’t want to give it up; we need it.

We just know how to “look” spiritual , but deep inside each of us, there is a wall of resistance that we do not want to go beyond because of our unbelief. We think, I just can’t accept that; I just can’t do it. What am I going to leave behind? – Don Nori Sr.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 10

PART 9 : https://johnranjit.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/biographies-of-soul-winners-9/

LEONARD RAVENHILL

Ravenhill was a revival warrior of 20th century. He was born in England. He received greater visions from God through his regular prayer life.

He was burning with the fire of revival when he was studying in the college about the history of Churches. He brought in to the Lord’s fold thousands of people through his warm sermons. He converted the church from the sluggish situation prevailed in them and brought the church and clergy to a lively condition. He authored several reviving books. His teachings awakened not only England but also several other parts of the world and led the people to a spiritually warm life.

“Nothing is greater than my prayerful life. Pastors who never prays, only plays. People perish in a “Non-Praying church”. The talents can be revealed in the pulpits. But, not, in the prayer rooms. The primary ingredients for a victorious Christian life are vision and thirst; both these things are born and nourished through prayer. Jesus Christ died for every soul. But every soul was not informed of Jesus Christ. Everyday ends with more than 1,22,000 people dying without Jesus Christ in them. Are you not bothered or worried about this situation?”

The queries of the Ravenhill still make us to think about it. We have come across the world revival plenty of times. Have our people received a real revival in them?. “The sleeping churches” should be awakened. Missionaries should be sent out to the places where gospel has not reached or the very word “revival” will become meaningless.

CHARACTER OF GOD

SLOW TO ANGER

If you tried to describe what God is like, it could be difficult or daunting. But when the people who wrote the Bible pondered the mystery of God, they consistently described God’s character in this way: compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness.1 We’re going to look at this third phrase, that God is “slow to anger.” Now, that might surprise some people. Isn’t the God of the Bible mostly angry, striking people down for their sins? Well, it turns out that God’s anger in the Bible is way more nuanced than that and way more interesting.

In Hebrew, the phrase “slow to anger” is pronounced ’erek ’appayim, or literally, “long of nose.” But what does God’s patience have to do with a long nose?
Well, first, we need to look at the common biblical Hebrew way to say that someone is angry: “their nose burned hot.” Like in the story of Joseph, when Potiphar thinks that Joseph tried to sleep with his wife, “his nose burned hot.” 2 It’s usually translated “his anger burned.” It’s describing how your body, especially your face, gets hot when you’re filled with anger. And so in Hebrew, the main words for anger are either “nose” or “heat” or “hot nose.”

This is why a patient person is called “long of nose.” It takes a long time for their nose to get hot. Like in the biblical proverb, “A person’s wisdom is their long nose,” 3 that is, their slow anger!

Now, in the Bible, God gets angry numerous times, but God doesn’t have a nose or get hot! These are metaphors, using our experience of hot anger to describe how God feels when he witnesses human evil. Just like you would get angry if you saw a child being bullied on the playground, so God gets angry when humans oppress each other and ruin his world. In the Bible, God’s anger is an expression of his justice and his love for the world. But he’s slow to anger, which means he gives people lots of time to change.
Like in the story of the Exodus, when Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites and has their baby boys thrown into the waters, God sends Moses to confront Pharaoh.4 And Pharaoh’s given ten chances to let Israel go free.5 But after the tenth refusal, Pharaoh rides out with his chariots to destroy the Israelites, 6 and so God destroys him in the waters.7 Pharaoh’s own evil is turned back upon him, and we read that this is an act of God’s “hot anger.” Now, that’s really intense. But think about it. God wouldn’t be good if he didn’t get angry at Pharaoh’s evil and eventually do something about it. And notice that God’s anger is expressed by handing Pharaoh over to the consequences of his own decisions.

This is why Jesus said that he was going to Jerusalem to die as a demonstration of God’s love for his enemies. 11 He would stand in the place of his people, who were choosing self-destruction, and take the consequences of their decisions upon himself. In Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we see God’s anger at evil and his love for people working together to provide forgiveness and life for a humanity lost in self-ruin.
So God’s anger in the Bible is really important, but it’s not the end of the story. When God is angry and brings justice, it’s because he’s good. And he’s extremely patient, working out his plan to restore people to his love. And that’s what it means to say that God is “slow to anger.”

REF : BIBLE PROJECT