Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 13, 2018
It is very vital that we understand the relationship of idolatry and the influence of the demonism with the Phallic Cult.
First Mention Principle = the first time the devil is identified he is said to be very crafty and subtle; Joh 8:44; Rev 12:10.
One of the most popular cults in the ancient world was the Phallic Cult.
The dilemma they had was if the land is God’s “promise land” and as a reward to His people for their faithfulness then why were there giants in the land?
God promised His chosen people a land overflowing with milk, honey and abundance where they could settle and live and worship God.
When they arrived to spy out this “promise land,” the Jews found out quickly that they had to seize this land and take it for themselves.
The Devil knew about the promise and the coming of the Messiah and because he knew his enemy, he set up 31 hostile nations right in the middle of the Promised Land to stand in fierce opposition to Israel seizing their inheritance.
Most of these nations were advanced in weaponry and warfare and were ferocious warriors against any enemies.
These giants roamed the Promised Land with the express purpose to keep Israel out so they would never experience the promise and the blessing that flowed from it.
Promise land = a place where the promises of God are experienced in all their fullness and where we bear abundant fruit for God—-[PPOG and your very own Personal Sense of Destiny.]
Predestination is the provision of the sovereignty of God for you in eternity past to execute God’s plan, purpose, and will for your life.
If God is going to deposit all those fantastic blessings in your escrow account and will them for you, the He must provide a way for you to fulfill the conditions for receiving those blessings.
In 1JO 5:21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols. or we could even say “Guard yourselves from SEX.”
Under predestination, God provided everything you need to execute His plan, the PPOG, the only game plan for the Church-age believer.
Predestination is God’s grace provision for each one of us to fulfill His plan and to receive the conveyance of our escrow blessings.
Predestination also provides you with equal privileges and opportunities.
Your equal privilege of predestination is being made royal family by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who placed you in union with Christ at salvation = positional sanctification.
Your equal opportunity in predestination is your very own plan, designed perfectly for you and prefabricated for you in eternity past, your personal sense of destiny.
Predestination is the work of God the Father in eternity past on behalf of every Church-age believer to execute God’s plan, purpose, and will for his life.
What we call in time the PPOG is from the divine viewpoint of eternity past, called predestination.
The Promise Land is where God has called us to live as Christians and where God wants our hearts to be.
The Devil does not want us to enter the “Promise Land” and has set hostile giants throughout the land to prevent us from taking the inheritance that God has given us.
- Notice some of the lessons in this passage, for in MAT 14:25, our Lord does to them what He sometimes does to us — HE SHOCKS US!
- Notice in verse 26, the reactions not responses, but the reactions of the disciples is one of fear.
- Our Lord responds to them by reminding them what the Word of God teaches when he says “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
- Peter blows it again by asking the Lord to give them a sign, Mat 14:28.
- Notice that Peter had to go to the Lord not the Lord go to him, MAT 14:29.
- In Mat 14:30, because fear is not dealt with by the believer, when under pressure he will fall apart and so Peter does go back in fear, Mat 14:30.
- The seventh principle in MAT 14:31 the Lord stretches out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
As believers we must arise out of the wilderness and boldly go into this Promised Land and claim our rightful inheritance.
As Joshua did, we need to take the mountains of giants and kill every giant in our minds and in our hearts.
All those things that have prevented us from living the more abundant life that God has promised.
EPH 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
MAT 25:29 “For to everyone who has shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
JOH 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
The Promised Land and the battle with these giants is the manifestation of spiritual warfare and we must conquer every giant in Christ if we are ever to fulfill our purpose for this generation.
It is through Him that God’s greatest and most precious promises have become available to us men, making it possible for you to escape the inevitable disintegration that lust produces in the world and to share in God’s essential nature.
God has called us to manifest His glory and His excellence and has given us thousands, thousands and thousands of Promises that enable us to take this Promised Land and live a truly good and godly life.
When we have faith in the promises and patience to wait on the Lord and not become weary and faint in our minds, God will fulfill every single promise in our lives; Heb 11:6.
The promises of God are the great treasure of His Word and they must be believed with a steadfast faith as we bring them down from heaven and place them right in the middle of our hearts.
As Romans 4:20-21 declare we must never stagger at the promise of God through the giant of unbelief but we must be strong in faith giving glory to God as we are fully persuaded that what God has promised, God is able to perform.
All of these giants like unbelief, fear, doubt, and worry are all designed to get us to not have faith in the promise for without faith we will forever remain in the wilderness of the world and the flesh.
Is a giant going to rob you of your faith and defeat and your thought life from claiming and believing the promise land for your life.
The promises of God were not made to sit in the Bible on a dusty shelve in our houses, the promises of God must be taken aggressively and held unto and believed with a firm conviction and an undying hope.
The promises (epaggelma) refers to a declaration to do something with implication of obligation to carry out what is stated.
It means that the promise is only as good as the One who made it.
God is publicly announcing to the world that He is faithful to His promises and He will emphatically carry out His Word.
God cries out “Prove me now if I am not faithful.” Our confession should be, “Watch what my God will do!”
Malachi put it like this in his very popular passage; Mal 3:8-10.
Unfortunately Christian expectation in the average church follows the church programs, not the promises.
What we all need today is a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God.
We must declare war on the mood of apathy or indifference that many usually fall into and use the promises and doctrines from the Lord to handle the giants in life.
You have rights as a part of your inheritance as a child of God, which God has decreed with all the authority of His Word as the promises of God are firmly rooted in God’s love, pleasure, purpose, and declaration for you.
You have a legal right to eternal life and a home in heaven.
You have a legal right to victory over the devil and his authority on the earth.
You have a legal right to freedom from the bondage of sin and all its consequences.
You have a legal right of deliverance from fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt.
You have a legal right to the Father’s protection and care.
You have a legal right to use the name of Jesus Christ in prayer, invoking its authority and power.
You have a legal right to be more than a conqueror in any situation.
You have a legal right to overflowing joy in all of life’s circumstances.
You have a legal right to the peace of God ruling in your heart, no matter how intense the problem or trouble.
You have a legal right to the wisdom of God. You have a legal right to confidence and boldness.
You have the legal right to have all of your needs met according to God’s riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
You have a legal right to do all things and be ready and equal to anything through Christ who strengthens you.
You have a legal right to salvation and wholeness in every area of your life.
You have a legal right to perfect health and deliverance from all forms of sickness and disease.
You have a legal right to prosperity and overflowing abundance in your life.
You have a legal right to be completely free from every form of depression, condemnation, guilt, misery, despair, and any other type of mental bondage.
You have a legal right to live and walk in the revolutionary and life changing love of God that proceeds from the heart of God.
You have a legal right to be changed at the return of Christ and receive a new body unlimited in scope and dimension.
You have a legal right to all the blessings of your inheritance in the family of God.
You have a legal right to the goodness of God abounding in every area of your life.
He says they were superhuman and abnormal beings and their destruction in Noah’s time was necessary for the preservation of the human race.
Some of the giants were legends in the world like Anak and very well-known among the nations and were considered unconquerable.
Now, as you may already know, the crossing of the Red Sea is a picture of Christ’s death for you and me — when he cuts us off from Egypt or the world in all its attitudes, ways, and opinions.
Your spiritual baptism was an expression of the fact that you were passing out of one life into another, and that your whole attitude was changed.
The Jordan is a picture of your death with Christ, when you bring your Adamic life to an end; when all that you are in Adam comes to an end — your reliance on yourself, your desire to have your own program, to live and make your own decisions.
2CO 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.