“You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.”
Where God is taking us changes our prayer.
Scripturally we see cycle after cycle of God’s people going into exile, being in exile, coming out of exile, and free.
In exile God protects His people but exposes the fullness of sin and the need for God to step in.
In Egypt His people were in Goshen a place of safety, security and imminent solution and therefore a place to run to and a place of drawing near to.
This is a time to sacrifice and come into God’s glory and place of security.
The Hebrews safety was in smearing their sacrificial lambs blood on their door post so that death passed over and they were spared.
The fresh sacrifice brings fresh fire and therefore we should be living lives of consistent sacrifice.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
There is perhaps a new urgency and reminder that we may have become too comfortable. In building up our own needs and negligent in building up the kingdom.
We may be aware of Jesus sacrifice and forgetful that our core is to be like Him and called to lay down our lives perpetually.
When we examine what we sacrifice we probably are immediately challenged by not giving enough in time, money, thought for others above self and our mindset of easy offence and quickness to assuming our rights and even that we are always right and never wrong.
Kingdom economy does not even rely on us having first in order to give.
It is to do it anyway, even in our lack, to become a catalyst where we cannot out give God.
By giving beyond we fire up faith and push into God’s resources and His release.
We have to sacrifice first internally. Saying “yes” and surrendering .
Yielding to death of self. To circumcision cleansing as Joshua had all the children of God submitted to before entry into the promised land.
Sacrifice speaks powerfully into the spiritual realm. It weaponises our prayer life, it disempowers the enemy realm. Therefore it is a place of joy and expectation to receive.
God moves from the inside out.
He is pulling us into another rhythm. One of joy and trustworthiness.
Sacrifice is not in a moment it is a lifetime.
It starts in the one and spreads into the body exposing a kingdom where it is not what I get but what the kingdom receives. We do not give to get but to expand the kingdom. Manifest His character and actions.
His kingdom must increase.
We don’t want more of the same but more of Him. God’s desire is for His glory to come so as our cry is for Him to rend the heavens His cry to us is for us to rend our hearts.
We let Him become God when we are over ourselves becoming us.
We are the sacrifice. He is the fire. Heaven is out poured.
“Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.””
The illustration shows us as a sacrifice in the fire where we bear our cross dying to self and becoming spiritually alive and free in Christ, reflecting His light to push back the darkness.
Three Scriptures that come to mind:
“You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.” Genesis 45:10 ESV
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 ESV
“Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.””Romans 8:36 AMP
The song Rescue. Lauren Daigle