Blessed for Greater Battles EGP Blog post from March 17, 2019

“The way we talk in our time and culture … You’re blessed when you’re comfortable, and secure, and safe. … Has it ever occurred to you that God’s blessing for your life is to send you into the battle against giants? … There’s nothing Jesus will ever call you to that will be less than what you’re facing right now. … Jesus never died so that we could settle, He died so that we could be the greatest revolution humanity has ever known.” —Erwin McManus, Mosaic, “Choose Your Land”

“The way we talk in our time and culture about being BLESSED by God, you’re blessed when you’re RICH. You’re blessed when you’re FAMOUS. You’re blessed when you’re SUCCESSFUL. You’re blessed when everything is going GREAT. You’re blessed when you’re COMFORTABLE, and SECURE, and SAFE. That’s the blessing. But [Joshua] blessed Caleb by giving him the BATTLE he was the ONLY ONE with the COURAGE to take on. Has it ever occurred to you that GOD’S blessing for your life is to send you into the BATTLE against GIANTS? … I want an inheritance that seems so OVERWHELMING and so OMINOUS that everyone else is AFRAID to take it on. How about you? …

[Caleb] followed the Lord with his WHOLE HEART, and so it took him into a GREATER BATTLE. … There’s NOTHING Jesus will ever call you to that will be LESS THAN what you’re facing right now. There’s NOTHING Jesus will ever take you into that you will actually have the power to overcome ALONE. He’s going to THROW YOU into the lion’s den—sometimes LITERALLY—and not make the lions COOPERATIVE, but you COURAGEOUS. … Jesus NEVER died so that we could SETTLE, He died so that we could be the greatest REVOLUTION humanity has ever known. …

How do you get the land that God has for you? … When you CHOOSE to live by FAITH, you actually put a DEPOSIT down on that land … but you also BUY the land with your FAITHFULNESS. … I wonder how many of us here have the FAITHFULNESS to say to God, ‘God, I will HANG IN THERE. I will live a life that You CALL ME to live for 45 years, because I know YOU will come through.’”

—Erwin McManus, Mosaic, Choose Your Land

Key verses

Joshua 14:6–15; 1 Peter 4:16–19; Acts 14:19–22; Ephesians 6:11–13; Hebrews 11:8–10

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