Deuteronomy 30:19 – “Today I give you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, (my desire) is that you choose life, so that you and your descendants (2 generations) might live!”
There were two generations of Israelites involved in the transition from Egypt to the Promised Land. The first generation did not make it, though they had the same opportunity and the same promise as the second generation. However, with a little examination of the difference between the generation that made it and those that did not you will see that there was a distinct difference in speech, mindset, and actions.
The mark of those that did not make it was that that they grumbled and complained. God would perform a miracle by giving them food in the wilderness, water from a rock, but they would grumble and complain. They were not just dissatisfied with what God was doing but because of their grumbling spirit, they blamed their leaders. “And the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness” (Exodus 16:2). They grumbled and complained against the man that God chose to lead them, Moses. Whenever we choose to grumble and complain against the man or woman that God chose to lead us God takes it personally. In Numbers 14:27 God asks Moses, “How long will this wicked congregation grumble against ME? I have heard their complaining and grumbling.” God called their complaining against “His Man” as wickedness. What they spoke caused them to aimlessly wander in the wilderness, not making progress and being impeded by limitations on every side. Which eventually kept them from their promise. This generation was the older generation that refused to honor the man of God (Moses) God’s choice for them. God called them a “stiffed neck and rebellious people” (Exodus 32:9).
God called their complaining wickedness.
The second generation, the ones that made it to the promised land were different. They were under the same leadership (Moses). Yet they choose to speak differently. They did not grumble or complain about the man that God gave them. This generation not only learned God’s ways, submission to leadership, but they taught God’s ways to the next generation. They accepted the training from God’s appointed leaders and became trainers of the next generation. What they spoke led them to the reality of their freedom and promises. Both generations received the fruit of their hearts. The first generation died unfulfilled while the second generation died old and fulfilled. It is an important question; What are you saying about God’s appointed leader?
Just like the Israelites, we get to choose our destinies. We can either wander around aimlessly or we can see the promises of God become a reality in our lives. God’s hope is that you choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19) so that all the promises of God in Christ are yes, and in Him are Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Our speech and our mindsets direct our energy and ultimately our actions. The generation that did not experience the promises of God fought God by not accepting the Leader that He gave them. Numbers 14:4, “The people said to one another, Let us find a different leader.” What they were saying was that they wanted a leader that would do things their way. The generation that experienced the promises of God choose to not fight their leader, but they fought their enemy. When the first generation (older generation) was not getting their way, they resorted to blaming and attacking the leaders that God appointed. The second generation, that made it in and enjoyed the promises of God, took personal responsibility for their actions when they were challenged. Here is the lesson: If you do not fight to overcome your own attitudes and weaknesses you will blame and attack others. Our critical and negativity does not reveal the leadership that we are under, it reveals our hearts. Moses was far from perfect, he was a very flawed man, yet God chose him. Another important question: Who and what are you fighting?
The generation that made it, did not fight their leader, they fought their enemies.
I am declaring to you today that if you struggle with a “Grumbling Spirit” God is releasing a grace for you to get delivered from that wicked spirit. In the last days, God is pouring His Spirit out on all people that will receive it (Acts 2:17). This is an exceedingly powerful grace being released from heaven. It will radically transform all who will receive it. God desires that you become a purposeful warrior instead of an aimless wanderer. I remember when my Pastor, Pastor Bill Johnson said, “That God sometimes has to offend our minds to transform us” (Romans 12:2). I believe that if you will receive this grace, it will challenge and change your attitudes which will change how you speak and your actions. Then you will become of the generation that enters in and experiences all the promises of God.
The generation that possessed the Promise Land accepted the training from God’s appointed leaders, to fight the real enemy, not each other. The biggest enemy that any of us face is the attitudes of our hearts (Matthew 13:3-9). God’s grace will transform our hearts as we receive His Word. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable (for our own good) for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” We live in a strategic prophetic time in history. If we respond correctly history will change. Those that possessed the Promise Land changed the entire culture of that region. That is what is at stake here, your destiny and the Kingdoms impact on a generation that does not yet know our God.
God’s grace will transform our hearts as we receive His Word.
My prayer for you today is that you will choose life and receive the grace to overcome negativity, grumbling, and complaining. Repent of any grumbling and complaining, especially against God’s leaders. There are some of you that unless you repent you will die cursed, just like the generation of Israelites that did not make it into their promise (Deuteronomy 30:19). Because as you do it will not only affect you, but it will impact the next generation. As you overcome every obstacle that is hindering you, you position yourself to experience every promise that God says is yours.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”