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A mission base to Send the Church.
Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. And they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock. 2 So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”
We have been meditating on settling for less than our God's inheritance for our lives.
The inheritance was a place of amazing fruitfulness and trials by war.
The inheritance for us is a discipled-life that experiences a living fruitful relationship with Jesus and walks out the pre-ordained will of God in missional war.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Abraham is one that came up short of the inheritance and then had a transformation that led to regaining the inheritance.
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.” 28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
Coming up short does not just mean going after the flesh (Egypt).
Coming up short can mean going after the things of God by our own "ways of the flesh" (Egypt).
Ishmael was the product of the "ordinary way".
Isaac was the product of the "supernatural way".
How do you shift from producing Ishmael to producing Isaac?
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” 9 And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
1. You get "Old".
God actually wants us to get weaker not stronger. This is not a matter of age.
He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
2. You get an El Shaddai Revelation.
The name means God the All Sufficient One with Absolute Power
The root word means udder or breast, to nourish, to supply, as well as to overpower and great strength
Romans 4:17-18, 20-21
as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
3. You get humble.
4. You get a new identity rooted in the covenant promise of God for you
"You have a multitude of nations in you"
No longer Abram - "Exalted Father"
To be called Abraham - "Father of a multitude"
You do with you what God does with you. You say about you what God says about you.
5. You get the flesh cut
Circumcision is the practical cutting of the flesh at the source of life by the cross.
The Spirit does the inward "circumcision" of the heart - Jesus’ Cross.
We do the outward action of "circumcision" by our obedience to the will of God for our lives - Our Cross.
After this Abraham and Sarah birth the promise.
After this Abraham is a changed man and begins to possess his inheritance in the will of God.