Forfeit Or Fulfill

Aaron and Moses forfeited the opportunity to go into the promised land. They were not the only ones. Ten of the twelve spies died right away as a result of giving a bad report. They forecasted defeat because of their fears. It caused all of Israel to complain.

Numbers 14:29 says, “The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.”

Their consequences carried over to their children. Verse 33 said that their sons would bear the brunt of their father’s infidelity, until the father’s carcasses were consumed in the wilderness.

What a warning to us. I do not want to waste my life wandering in a wilderness of my own making. Paul is a great example for us. He started out persecuting the believers. God intercepted his way to redirect him into His way.

We continually feast on the harvest of good fruit from Paul’s life. 13 books were written by him. He fulfilled God’s purpose for his life. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

My cousin gave me a verse when I was in high school. I am going to write it out. I encourage you to turn it into a prayer for yourself and for those you know.

Psalm 20:says, “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.” God’s purpose to be fulfilled in our lives is being accomplished through progressive sanctification. The more our trials conform us to His character, the more our desire changes to fit His calling on our life.

Fulfill, to me, means to carry out to the finish. We have that promise from God in Philippians 1:6. It says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in your will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Yet, as in salvation, it is all by grace and faith.

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