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God's Holy Land
by Steve Dines
06/15/12
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Today, is Godís Holy Land a tiny piece of highly fought over territory in the Middle east?

No. Today, Godís Holy Land is a tiny piece of highly fought over territory in the spiritual realm; it is our promised life in Christ.

Now when I say tiny piece of territory in the spiritual realm, I do not want to minimise in any way the promise of God, but Jesus did say that the way is narrow and few find the path and the kingdom is like a pearl hidden in a field. A pearl in a field? Thatís something tiny in context.

The fact that the spiritual territory of life in Christ is highly fought over goes without saying. Or have we forgotten that? Judging by the way we Christians live today our life in Christ is nothing much to concern ourselves with.

So while the eyes of the world are fixed on the land of Israel and Christians are referring to it as, ďGodís Holy LandĒ we are missing the point.

What we Christians should be looking at is what has happened, is happening and will happen to the physical land of Israel and see it as a picture of what is happening in the spiritual realm with our promised life in Christ.

Our promised life in Christ is surrounded on all sides with forces preparing to wipe it off the map.

We can learn a great deal about our spiritual life in Christ by looking at the natural nation of Israel. Why did Israel lose their inheritance? Because they defiled the land with their human ways and their human thinking. What should have been Holy to them they treated with disdain. Today, we Christians are guilty of the same crime.

We have treated Godís Holy Land with contempt, taking Godís promised life and living it our own way. Interpreting scripture according to our own ways and our own thinking is nothing short of blasphemy. Sometimes I think we have created ourselves a ďbobble-head JesusĒ, but thatís something we can talk about another time.

Quite frankly, with what we have done to Godís Holy Land we deserve to be wiped off the map.

But God has promised that He will always have a people for Himself, so He will save a remnant.

We are living in the days of the great falling away, itís like the days of Jeremiah and the days of Ezekiel. We are an impudent and rebellious house, continually turning a deaf ear to God. But we need to take heed; the sword, the famine and the pestilence are on their way.

What we see with the nation of Israel in the natural realm, we need to take to heart concerning our life in Christ in the spiritual realm.

In these last days God will save a remnant of Christians, not so much for our sakes, but because God will always act for the sake of His Holy Land.


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