The purpose of the wilderness is about what God wants to do in our life. Ever since the fall recorded in Genesis, man has lost their identity, power and authority given to them by God. Without this power and authority, man will never be able to take dominion in this world. When our identity, power and authority have been restored, then He wants to prepare us for the work ahead. The reason why God brings us into the wilderness is to prepare each believer to be able to release their potential. Before we are able to be used by God mightily, He wants to change our character and filter out all the unnecessary things that we have learned in this world. It is a time where man has to learn how to be dependent upon God. This dependence starts in the wilderness where there is absolutely nothing. God wants all of us to put our total trust upon Him and that He will provide all the necessities that we need. God wants His people to experience the supernatural provision that He offers. This is especially true for people who desire to be future leaders in the Kingdom. This does not only refer to people in leadership but also people who live their life in the marketplace. People need to know and understand how God provides in their life and how He wants to use them in their field. In order for people to understand how God works, they need to be transformed through a season of testing. This season of testing is where God actually wants to build up our character. Our character needs to be changed to that of God. Without a character transformation, we will always reflect what we learn in the world. We need to get rid of everything that was attached to our life that doesn't reflect the characteristics of God. This is done in the wilderness because in the wilderness, since there is nothing, we can't help but rely on God. As we rely on God more, then the things that have been attached to our life will start to fall off. Everything that was attached has to come off. When everything comes off, then God will put His Words and traits upon our life. That is why character is so important. It reflects God's traits. People never look at character as an important aspect in life. Character is often ignored or overlooked. However, to God, it is an important quality. When we are ultimately changed by God, then as we come out of our wilderness experience, we will come out with supernatural power to establish His Kingdom here on earth. Since we learn of His supernatural provision, we will also learn of His supernatural power. The whole process of the wilderness experience is receiving the anointing of God upon our life. With the anointing of God, we will be able to accomplish much. When the world says it takes talents and skill to accomplish much, to God it is all about the anointing. Our wilderness experience will release the anointing that is upon our life. The anointing is very crucial in a believer's life. Just as Jesus was anointed to fulfill His purpose while on earth, we need to be anointed to fulfill the purpose of God in our life. This can't happen unless we are totally changed and dependent upon God. Everyone needs to go through their wilderness experience to receive the anointing of God.
Before the Promised Land--the Wilderness!
Before God used me in ministry, He took me on the wilderness journey and taught me what it means to depend on Him for everything. - Israel Kim, author
How can "embracing wilderness experiences" bring you closer to fulfilling God's destiny for you? Believe it or not, times of difficulty, isolation, and transition can be the Lord's tools that bring you to maturity. He can use these special times for His glory--and your blessing.
Unless believers--you--submit to the death process, allowing yourself to be purged of sin and worldliness, you will not successfully defeat the enemies encountered in the Promised Land. Overcoming in the wilderness is what brings the anointing.
Having experienced for himself the misery of the wilderness and the ecstasy of the Promised Land, the author shares much deep truth about Christian life, including:
- Spiritual warfare
- Power to get wealth
- Bring used in God's Kingdom.
Walk out of the wilderness victoriously and into your Promised Land eternally!
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