By Sid Helmus – Kalamazoo, Michigan
The fruit of living in the promised land of God’s provision is understanding that your desires are within your reach. It’s having a sense of freedom and confidence that God in Christ in you can do anything!
This way of thinking may seem unachievable at times, especially when someone has only known lack or has lived too long in “the land of just enough.”
Maybe this negative mindset has been engrained by parents and grandparents. Maybe this mind has never been taught that “above all things,” God’s absolute burning desire for his children is “to prosper and be in health.”
Leaving the Land of Lack
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 KJV
The greatest metaphorical road map of leaving the land of lack and entering the “land flowing with milk and honey” is Israel’s Exodus from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Much of that time, they lived hand-to-mouth in the wilderness, finally deciding to receive God’s abundance.
Many today need to overcome similar mindsets that Israel overcame. In it all, God’s loving patience shines.
Our adversary knows our personal definition of “just enough” through generational observation and the words that flow from our mind.
It’s a calculated and measured amount that allows our personal fears to prevent us from rebelling against meager portions and seeking abundance.
It’s just enough to prevent us from risking the known amount we have rather than trusting the Holy Spirit. Too many people today live enslaved or travel through the wilderness. Do you?
How do God’s children move into this “Promised Land”?
First, we make the profound decision to exit the “Land of Lack.” Those who diligently seek, vocally making their desires known to God, will find.
Second, we meditate, pray, and receive a vision of living in God’s kingdom of abundance.
Third, we listen for His voice of knowledge and wisdom.
Fourth, we act fearlessly and give great regard to His loving patience. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. God has a perfect path prepared for each of us, with our mess-ups included!
Consider the different fearful and task-motivated mindsets Israel went through from being a slave in a foreign land to living free.
Israel left Egypt and entered the wilderness, between oppression and deliverance, after witnessing some of the most powerful manifestations of God’s blessings ever displayed for mankind.
Yet, Israel was still “stiff-necked;” meaning that it was difficult for them to change their way of thinking. But aren’t we all at times?
One question we’ve all asked ourselves is, “Who am I to believe God would bestow upon me great favor?” What’s our current answer? What’s our personal vision of God’s provision?
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18A KJV
Israel murmured, complained, and rebelled against God many times instead of going to Him with the problem.
Moses, however, went to God in prayer as a friend talks with a friend… as a child goes to a loving parent. God gave Moses specific instructions of what to do in each situation to receive, and he will do for us, too.
Even after Israel reached Canaan and witnessed firsthand the abundance of the land’s fruit, they still refused to feel worthy.
But hadn’t God proven to Israel that he chose them above all the people on earth? And hasn’t He proven himself to us, too, and called us children of the most high God?
God provided Israel with daily manna, as He figuratively does for many today. But His real desire was and is to give each individual the desires of their heart.
God understood the joy a farmer would realize in planting and harvesting. God desires the understanding His people receive as they share back from their abundance rather than living hand-to-mouth.
Bear Your Own Fruit
Above all things, God wanted each person in Israel to bear their own individual fruit within the kingdom.
He saw the love a miller infused into the grain that fed his kingdom; the joy of the weaver being woven into the cloth that clothed his people; and the strength and godly pride the builder built into the homes that sheltered his people.
We seek to live in the land of God’s provision. Complaining about current conditions doesn’t help; it sabotages the journey.
Let’s make Caleb’s words our own!
“And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30 KJV
Move out of “the land of just enough” and receive the promises of our loving heavenly Father. Through fearless diligence and Kingdom fellowship, it won’t take 40 years.
To read one of the times Sid walked out of the land of lack and into the land of miraculous healing, check out “Put on Your Ministering Clothes.”
Sid is an entrepreneur who started his plumbing and mechanical contracting business over thirty years ago. He and his wife Heidi employ over thirty people and are now devoting more of their time to ministering where the spirit directs.
Sid was ordained by CFFM in 2018, during which he and Heidi received a special blessing of prosperity and have since witnessed it coming to pass in all areas of their lives.