Maintaining Promised Land Living
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Maintaining Promised Land Living? What Does That Mean?

Hey SUM family, Tiffany here!

Maintain Warrior sword

1:to keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity) preserve from failure or decline
2to sustain against opposition or danger : uphold and defend
3to continue or persevere in CARRY ONKEEP UP
4ato support or provide for
  bSUSTAIN
5to affirm in or as if in argument ASSERT
Living
1the condition of being alive
2ameans of subsistence* LIVELIHOOD
3conduct or manner of life
 
*Subsistence - the state of remaining in force or effect.
Promised Land
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -- Exodus 33:14
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. -- Revelation 21:7
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. -- 1 Peter 5:10
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. - John 14:12
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. - John 15:7-8
On Monday I talked about some of the joys of Promised Land Living that I have been experiencing. Today I want to talk about the hardship.
 
A pastor once said, "You cannot have the victory without the battle." I sometimes wish that wasn't true. Wouldn't it be so much easier if we could just stroll through life without having to fight? I don't mean arguments with spouses or getting our children to obey. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. I mean the constant battle in the spirit realm. The tugging and stretching and exhausting of our hearts and minds.
 
I think about someone who lifts weights at the gym. The process in which a person continually works out in order to tone and firm up their muscles is called STRENGTH TRAINING. When we go through the spiritual battles of life - the constant pressure, getting on our knees, and clinging to Jesus - we are strengthening our spirit man. It is a refining process. Just like a diamond is made under intense circumstances, we too are made into mighty warriors as we continue to maintain our life in Jesus.
 
Right now, I feel as though I am taking one step forward and two giant leaps backwards. It has been exhausting trying to work a full time job, cook, clean, take care of my children, handle a dog who keeps pooping in the house, unpack, find time to abide in Jesus and sleep.
 
I do covet your prayers in the season I am in. We have had some very wonderful memories so far in our Promised Land...but mentally I am really struggling. It has been ROUGH. Some old strongholds are trying to move back into my life - perfectionism, orphan spirit, controlling spirit, depression, anxiety to name a few.
 
Just because I have arrived, doesn't mean I don't have to fight for it. Remember our definition of maintain? UPHOLD. DEFEND. PERSEVERE. These are action words. When the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River, they didn't instantly get the land. They had to conquer in order to advance. As we step into more of what God has promised us - in our marriage, in our loved ones, in our jobs, in our households - there will be more opposition. The biggest battle will be in our hearts and minds.
 
What about you? What does your Promised Land look like? I am seeing a LOT of victory and praiseworthy reports in our SUM community from salvations, spouses drawing closer to the Lord, willingness to accept prayer, miraculous healings, etc.
 
Have you noticed an increase in spiritual attack as you gain more ground in your Promised Land? How can we pray for you? What tools has the Lord given you to be able to maintain your Promised Land living?
 
See you in the comments. Many blessings of an open Heaven over you and your household!
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