QFW Podcast 2
Welcome back ladies to Week 2 of our podcast on Quest For Wholeness: Healing the Broken. My daughter and Christian counselor, Taylor Draughn is joining us to give us professional and practical direction as we move toward our Promised Land of wholeness. Taylor, why don’t you get us started.
I hope you gained some valuable Biblical insight and practical and professional help in beginning this quest. In our last session we identified the importance of forgetting our past (or not acting on our past) to move forward to our Promised Land of Wholeness. We discussed that we all have areas in our life that are still not whole and complete and how we need to identify specific areas we need to work on.
Before Mom gets back into our OT story of Joshua 1, I want to ask you to bring those things you identified as areas needing work to mind and keep them before you during our lesson today.
In Joshua 1:1-4 we saw God raise up Joshua as the new leader of Israel who would lead them to their promised land because Moses was dead and God had reassigned Joshua to the task.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
As Christian women, we have to know as we are going on this journey to our Promised Land or our quest for wholeness, that the God of Promise is always WITH us. (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)
- Matt. 28: 20b – I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
- Hebrews 13:5b – For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- God is with you in this. You are not alone.
Let’s look back at God’s instruction to Joshua in Joshua 1: 2. – “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them–the children of Israel.
We too need to follow God’s instruction here to attain our Promised Land:
- “Arise and go to the land I am giving you.”
- “Go” is a flow out of arise
- denotes a continuous movement
- Get up and get GOING
- “Go” is a flow out of arise
- Where is he going? Next verse – the land which I am giving you
- Remember Paul in Philippians 3:14 – Paul said he pressed on toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- What God speaks to Joshua is very similar to Paul’s terminology
- Press on – dioko – figuratively of one who in a race runs swiftly to reach the goal
- Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we sit around and wait for God to put his plans for us in his lap. Like with Joshua he had to get up and go after what God was calling him to, God calls us to do the same thing. We are called to, with God’s discernment, move forward and take hold of his promises. Something I say fairly often in session is that the time we spend together is useless if nothing is being done outside of the hour we meet. What I have found is that action is necessary for change to occur and because of that I give homework quite often.
- What I have found is the clients who do this homework wholeheartedly are those who experience breakthroughs.
- God uses their willingness to act as a way to breakthrough situations.
- That is amazing how God works. His instruction to us is always good. We may not always understand the reasons behind it, but we can know:
- when He gives us instruction, it is for our good
- when we follow His instruction, we see the benefits in real life situations
Let’s look at His other instruction He gives Joshua and the Israelites:
- Be Strong and Very courageous.
- Why did God tell them this?
- God’s promised presence – He was going with them. He had said, “I am going with you – I will not leave you or forsake you.”
- This journey into their Promised Land was not always going to be easy. The Promised Land was theirs to acquire but acquiring it was sure to bring some difficult times in their path. We will also face some difficult times.
- The journey into the Promised Land of wholeness will not always be EASY.
- God knows our tendencies. When we know something is going to be hard we tend to tuck tail and run. Sometimes we just don’t’ want to face the hard stuff.
- Anything good in life is going to take hard work to get, and we have to have the faith to know that God is going to walk with us through those hard times. I have struggled a lot in the field that I have chosen, and I have to admit that there have been many times where I wanted to quit. What I do know and what keeps me going is that this is what God has called me to, and if I choose to do what is easier I will be miserable.
- When God gives us a calling, He is not going to leave us alone to struggle; He will be right there pushing us along. I also hold onto the fact that it might be difficult now, but I believe that it will get better and it will get easier over time. I also believe that he will bless our endurance and our willingness to stick to His plan no matter what. So when you get tired of doing what He has called you to do remember your purpose and hold fast to the hope that He will walk you through that hard time.
- Taylor, obviously fear is a factor we have to overcome if we are going to enter our Promised Land and experience wholeness in the areas we have already identified. I have heard it said, feel the fear or face the fear and do it anyway.
- God instructs us to be strong and very courageous, because fear really does have the power to paralyze us and keep us from entering and experiencing something of great value that God has already attained for us.
– I completely agree that fear is such a dangerous thing that I believe Satan often uses against us to keep us from taking hold of God’s promises for us. I am somebody that has struggled with this over much of my life, and I struggle with knowing that there have been blessings and wonderful experiences that I have missed out on during my life because of fear. What I have learned about fear is that it is often quite irrational, but for some reason that fear keeps us from living our life. It is necessary for us as Christian to speak truth to our fears. The main truth is that whatever God calls us to He is going to walk with us through it. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be failure, because that is unrealistic. I do believe that it means that when you put your fears aside and trust God He will prove your fears to be irrational and God to be trustworthy.
Another instruction God gives Joshua that we need to follow in our quest is:
- Obey my words and meditate on my words day and night.
- Why is this so important?
- How will we know what is ours for the taking if we do not know God’s word and His promises? If we are going to follow God’s instruction to obey His words and meditate on His words day and night, We must first know His Word.
- You and I are living in a time when the Bible is not personally known and treasured as it has been in the past.
- I have so many women say they don’t read the Bible because they don’t understand it, I want to read Isaiah 55:10-11
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
- – The work and power of His word is not dependent upon our human understanding.
- Read the Bible by faith – and let your faith be in the work and power of His word not your personal ability to understand it. The understanding will come, but until it does read it anyway.
- Ladies, We need to know the Word, that we can think on the Word, and Do the Word.
- We could send hours on this point alone, identifying the reasons and benefits of following this one key factor, but I am going to make one very bold statement in relation to this instruction and entering our Promised Land and experiencing wholeness.
- If you don’t do this one, you will not enter your Promised Land and experience wholeness in your life. You might get by and you might be okay, but we are not talking about getting by and being okay we are talking about entering your Promised Land and experiencing wholeness.
- Taylor, do you think that is too strong of an assumption?
I don’t think it is. The fact is that us as humans are very lost on our own. We don’t know how to what is a good or bad decision, but with God’s Word we have a guideline that touches on many areas of our life. I heard someone make a point not long ago about successful individuals in Christian ministry, and what they said was that everyone of those individuals set aside time in the morning to pray and to get into God’s Word. The value of God’s Word doesn’t just end at a good guideline to live by. It also encourages, gives life, lets you know who God is, and who you are because of whose you are.
I am also going to make a bold statement. I believe these individuals are successful in Christian ministry because they are secure in the fact that our God is a loving and generous God and they are His children. We often time need to recalibrate ourselves when we receive so much negative from this world, and I believe that is where His word can be so useful to us.
Through His word, God gives us Promises to base our fearlessly moving forward into our Promised Land.
We have already seen the Promise of His continual PRESENCE.
- Promise to prosper our walk. (Joshua 1:7)
- Romans 8:28 – all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose
God says to Joshua that He will Prosper him wherever you go –
- Prosper (sakal–a verb) meaning to act with insight, to be prudent, to act with devotion
Prudent – Having good sense; carefully considering consequences; careful in managing resources
- Promise of a prosperous path.
Make your way prosperous
- Prosperous – tsalach – 6743 – a verb meaning to rush, to break forth, to come mightily. It describes the Holy Spirit’s affect on persons making them powerful.
- Promise of our success.
The promise of a prosperous path and our success is a CONDITIONAL promise based on Joshua’s following God’s instruction in Joshua 1:8-9.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8-9)
I hope you see and are convinced of the necessity to know God’s word, think on God’s word, and do God’s word!
As Christian women, we can know God’s promise of His love and presence in our life is unconditional. He will not stop loving us and He will not leave us. However, the other promises of a prosperous walk and path and our success in entering our Promised Land of wholeness is conditional based on our obedience to His instruction as we go. It takes being deliberate and making a choice to follow his instruction. Don’t you want so much more for your life, though? Not that life will ever be easy or you will never have heartbreak, but I do believe that there is a better option than the way many of us Christians live. I want to get to the end of my life, and say that I have no regrets, because I was fearless and obedient to my God. So far, I can’t, but I know God is working on me so that I will be able to say I have no regrets.
Yes, I do believe it is in the heart of every Christian woman, that we want to get to the end of this life – cross that finish line and hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I hope you are getting excited about the journey we are on and see God having you in the exact place that He wants you at the exact right time knowing it is because He is about to do a work in your life that will be transforming and maybe even, like nothing you have ever experienced before.