Here's a Heads Up to all you saints that the Fresh Encounter Workbook has arrived after an epic sea journey of 7 months!
I would like to quote what Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King wrote in page 100 in their Fresh Encounter book, which is part of Chapter 8, "God's Pattern for Revival: Created For a Love Relationship":
Throughout history God has called people to Himself so He had a holy people through whom to work. When God delivered the Israelites, it was not so they could become wealthy and comfortable in the promised land. Notice the call God gave His people:
Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to ... the children of Israel: 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people .... And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'" (Exodus 19: 3-6)
We usually say God brought Israel to the promised land, but God said, "I ... brought you to Myself" (v.4). God did not primarily lead them to a place but to a relationship. That is what set them apart. Out of their relationship with God, the Israelites would be God's special treasure, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.
Wow! Our ultimate destination is not our promised land (wherever it is), and certainly not a spanking new building of concrete, steel, bricks, glass and mortar. It is a personal relationship with our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, who has 'engraved us on the palms of His Hands;' (Isaiah 49:16).
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