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Thursday, November 29th, '18

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NOT ENOUGH, JUST ENOUGH, MORE THAN ENOUGH

"A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it..." (Deuteronomy 8:9)

 

I've heard this outline used on various occasions, most recently at a church dedication in North Dallas by evangelist Darrell Mouser. His outline, my filler. There are three zip codes in the faith journey, Egypt, the land of not enough, the Wilderness, land of just enough, and then Canaan, the land of more than enough. Everyone has experienced the first; even the debutante born with silver spoon in mouth has known spiritual starvation in the Egypt of sin. Those who have escaped Egypt and traveled any number of miles in the Christian journey have experienced the land of just enough. There was manna on the ground each morning for the Hebrews. The soles of their shoes never wore out and their clothes miraculously lasted for decades. Each day they had just enough - "he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack" (Exodus 16:18). Each day was sufficiently rationed but there was no extra to put in the savings account. But Canaan was different. There God proved "more than enough". That is what El Shaddai means, God Almighty, or "the God who is more than enough". El Shaddai is not El Cheapo. God can take you to the land that flows with milk and honey but there are victories that must be won along the way.

 

Before we learned faith principles it seemed there was never enough, always more month than money. In Egypt the Hebrews were totally dependent on the government. They stamped out their tale of brick under the crack of the taskmasters' whips and at the end of the week fetched their voucher. You can tell I don't applaud the welfare state. Pharaoh's politics kept the poor poor because the land of not enough is the easiest system to control. But the Passover lamb's blood broke that bondage and poverty just as the blood of Christ frees a man from every other spiritual dictatorship.

 

We moved to the Wilderness, the land of just enough. There is a reason God doesn't give our full inheritance at once. There are patience lessons to learn but the main reason for the wilderness is that He might "humble you, and prove you, to know what is in your heart, whether you will keep his commandments or not" (Deuteronomy 8:2). Do you grumble when things don't go your way? The humbling is to curb the grumbling and mumbling. Of course, almost the entire multitude failed in the desert. Joshua and Caleb, however, passed the test and focused on the Land of more than enough.

 

 "For the Lord your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills. A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates..." (vs 7,8) Notice the use of "and, and, and". God's best provision is without end. The giving God gives and gives and gives. You can't exhaust His supply. All the promises of God are in Him, yea and amen, to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20). We call it Promise Land because it is the land of His manifold promise. Others call it inheritance, covenant, the title deed of faith, "exceeding great and precious promises" (2 Peter 1:4) or Canaan-land. We don't wait to go to Heaven to step into "heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). The river of access has divided, grapes the size of coconuts have been displayed, the dread of the God of Israel has fallen on the walled cities of the land, our job now is to go in and possess the land...the land of more than enough. The newness scares some away. They would rather settle for the familiar leaks and onions of the old life than seek the vineyards and pomegranates of a new experience. As a result, they remain spiritual dwarfs and never reach full stature. Faith crosses Jordan with spear in hand and cries "this is my inheritance and I will take it!" More than enough is not a dowry that you get without effort. It is a fight of faith. I hope you will not be content until your feet stand in Canaan.


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