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Operation Promised Land: Everyone Can't Go With you

Updated: Dec 3, 2023


If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the best of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. - Isaiah 1:19-20

Read Joshua 1:11-16

Key scriptures

Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obedienceto the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed [is better] than the fat of rams.

I Samuel 15:22

And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

Deuteronomy 28:1

Prepare yourself; It’s time to crossover!

God was positioning the children of Israel to cross over into the land that had been promised to them for so long, but unfortunately, everyone was not going to make it. Make up your mind that you will not be left behind. Obedience to God is an act of worship, conveys your deep affection for Him, is required of you, and is the currency in which God blesses and honors your life. Deuteronomy 11:1 (NIV) says, “Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws, and his commands always.”

Moses and Aaron did not cross over into the Promised Land because they disobeyed God’s command. In Numbers 30:8 God told Moses to speak to the rock. Instead in anger and frustration, Moses struck the rock. Although it brought about the desired result, the children of Israel got water; He did not do it God’s way. Moses misinterpreted the children of Israel’s complaints as rebellion which caused him to act out his frustration. Never let the behavior of people dictate your response. Stephen Covey says, “Between every action, there is a space in between for you to determine your response.”

This is not the year to improvise on God’s plan nor is it the season to let your anger and frustration get the best of you. Ephesians 4:26 (KJV) says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Throughout this year, you will get frustrated with people and even yourself but don’t let it cause you to miss your promise.

God loved Moses, and He was God’s man, but God could not violate Himself. OBEDIENCE is the second key to crossing over into your promised land. Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary says obedience is “To hear God's Word and act accordingly.”

So, Moses heard God but did not do what God said. He ignored God’s command and chose to take matters into his own hands. You must understand any areas of disobedience will cause you to stay in the desert while you watch everyone cross over and possess the promise.


We all have areas where we struggle to obey God. It will be important in this season to identify those areas and bring them before the Lord in repentance so that He can empower you to overcome them.

Let me clarify, it does not matter how many times a day, month, or year the sin occurs; it just matters it is something that is not pleasing to God. The enemy can deceive you into thinking because it is not frequent you are in good graces.

I was ministering to a young lady at a conference, and the Holy Spirit showed me there was a sin that was on a cycle operating in her life. He told me to tell her, “The sin was picking up momentum and the next time she engaged she would not be able to get free.” It is much like a hurricane that gathers water along its route until it becomes monstrous and destroys everything in its path.

True repentance brings complete healing, and deliverance and produces fruit. Matthew 3:8 (NLT) says, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”


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