“What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
-Psalms 84:5-7 NLT
We are on a journey once we accept Christ into our life and like pilgrims, we travel towards Zion our final destination. We are on the path to our total salvation as it is a process and a journey.
Salvation means to be saved, rescued or delivered and salvation happens to be called ‘Yeshua’ in Hebrew; like it was said by the Angel to Mary “The Son who will be born to you will deliver you from all your sin”. It is evident even from His name that Jesus is the way to our salvation. We need to keep going to Him to stay on track. Our faith is ‘the’ factor to help us stay connected to Jesus who is the only one who can rescue us from the kingdom of darkness. As we keep our faith in Christ we will be able to walk the path of salvation. However no one can claim their salvation fully as it is because of God’s grace alone that we are even on this journey.
The journey that the Israelites made from Egypt to the promise land is like a shadow of our current path to salvation.
The journey is long and full of trials and the promised land is the fullness of our salvation.
1 Corinthians 10:1-12 warns us of all the mistakes the Israelites made that we too could fall into to prevent us from reaching our destination. There are many lessons to be learnt from the mistakes that were made in that first journey. For each evil act of sin there is a destructive force that lead them to their death. We are warned to watch ourselves from falling too.
Let’s first see the 5 major blessings the Israelites had that we can correlate to which our current day’s salvation journey offers.
1.The Israelites went through the dead sea to be baptised as the chosen people . We have a symbolic water baptism that identifies us with Christ both in the physical and spiritual realm.
2. They were under the cloud of God that guided them while we are baptized in the Holy Spirit that enables us to be the children of God. For it says in the Bible that those who are lead by His Spirit are His children.
3.They were baptized into Moses as He was their appointed leader. We are identified with Christ in the Spiritual realm as our saviour.
4.They were blessed with water and heavenly manna in a parched dry dessert. We have the living water from heaven that is an inexhaustible source of life and encouragement through every step of our journey
5. The rock that followed them in the desert. The rock represented Christ . We are following Christ the person today.
Now lets see the 5 major sins committed by the Israelites that we need to check ourselves from falling into.
Martin Luther King once said that the human heart is a idol factory. People used to bow down to physical idols but a believer can often struggle with idols because of greed.
Let’s use a checklist to identify our personal idols.
Honest answers to these questions will help us get back on track.
Let’s get back to the sins that keep us from our path to complete salvation:
3. Sexual immorality. We have been told that sexual immorality is equal to idol worship but we also see that idolatry is spiritual adultery.
4.Testing God ended up in instant death with the Israelites. We should never take the love of God for granted.
5.Grumbling : From Exodus 24 we see that the Israelites never ceased their grumbling. God hates an ungrateful heart.
When we check ourselves we can correct our ways for it is said: These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. So, dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true.
1 Corinthians 10:12-15 NLT
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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