Break camp and advance
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 1:7 – “Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev, and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates.” (NIV)
To “break” is to cause something to separate suddenly or violently. “Camp” represents anything that has kept you stagnated and without progress. Your last success may be the camp you’ve built for yourself and you stopped moving forward. The word “advance” is usually and mostly used in the military. To advance is to move forward and make progress.
Moses and Israel had been on their journey to the Promised Land Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey. They stopped and settled at the base of a mountain (Mount Horeb). Horeb was not the Promised Land, and God called them to move from the base of the mountain to the hill country to possess the land, which He Had given to them as an inheritance.
Israel had been camped in Horeb for about a year (Exodus 19:1; Numbers 10:11-12) when God said, “You have been here long enough; it’s time to move on.” One of the greatest dangers we have is the tendency to settle down in a temporal place as a permanent dwelling place. The moment we stop advancing in God we are in trouble. We must have a continual walk with God!
This journey was not going to be easy but would involve some ‘great and terrifying wilderness’ areas (1:18). There would always be a spiritual warfare dimension to God’s promises. God’s promises are usually wrapped up in battles we must fight, and we need not be afraid because the Lord will make the battles bread for us. God promised Israel the land of Canaan, but they had to lead conquest to drive out the enemies and squatters living there. God was calling the children of Israel to confront them and push them out.
As the year is coming to a close, God is calling you to break camp and advance to the next level of your life. The best of God can never be behind you, but ahead of you. You are more than what you’ve achieved in 2019, and you can achieve more in 2020. Don’t dwell on the victories and successes of 2019; you can do better in 2020. I usher you under God into a season of great achievements.
Don’t be afraid of your present challenging circumstance, as it is subject to change. Despite your failure in 2019, try again and you will succeed in 2020. It’s time to relocate from the place of failure to the place of success. God will raise you like a generational leader, who will not only conquer personal poverty but also empower the next generation.
It is very important to know that God is with us in the battles. God said to the children of Israel, “Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged (vs.21)!” Beloved, arise and go start that building; take new initiative; start that new business; propose to that lady; go for that contract; pursue that business proposal; go back and submit your CV for that job; start saving for that land; start pursuing those big dreams; ask God for the big things; climb a new spiritual height and get going.
As the year draws to an end, I bring a closure to every past failure in JESUS NAME, AMEN.
Today’s Nugget: You can be more than what you are.
Prayer: Lord, give me new territories
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria