Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
“And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3: 17
I wonder why God told His children that the land He promised to take them to was one flowing with milk and honey. Why milk? Why honey? Then it donned on me: Milk is for nourishment, and honey is for sweetness. God’s promises, including ensuring His children dwell in a land of milk and honey, are eternal. He’s not the kind of father who revokes, or fails to fulfill His promises. But what does a milk and honey life look like, and how can you tell if you’re living it?
Milk Is Part of Your Daily Diet
Faith: Your faith in God’s promises is not moved or rocked, regardless of what experiences you encounter. And you are intentional about building up your faith by diving into God’s Word, and allowing His promises to seep into your heart, soul, and spirit. Our faith pleases God, and it also disarms the enemy. The enemy hates a faith-filled Christian. Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 11, Hebrews 10:22
Trust: You trust in God to protect you, to provide for you, and to prosper you regardless of your current situation, or what you see because you understand that the challenges that come our way are temporary, and that what we see–in the natural–is all subject to change. You wholly trust God to work all things out for your good because you love Him, and because He has a pre-ordained plan for your destiny. Your trust is one way you show God that you love and revere Him. He wrote the blueprint of your life — trust Him! II Cor. 4:17-18
Thanksgiving: You never cease to give God thanks, even during difficult circumstances no matter what. As we mature as Christians, we come to understand that nothing is ever about us. Everything is about God and His Son. There is a purpose for every facet of our lives; God’s divine plan for our respective lives includes a specific purpose for every trial, every disappointment, every breakthrough, every shift. Our only job is to thank Him for being so loving, kind, and compassionate to us. Admittedly, thanksgiving can be hard, a sacrifice, when we are weary and discouraged, but we have to push through to do it. God is moved by our heartfelt thanksgiving. And ultimately giving thanks is easy to do simply because God is so amazingly good to us. Psalm 107:1, Psalm 95:2, Psalm 107:22
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.” Psalm 107:22
Praise: Thanksgiving and praise go together. When we enter God’s presence, we should start by thanking Him, and then pour out our praise. God is motivated by our praise! Our praise causes the angelic forces to move and war for us. We get strength and encouragement from our praise. Our praise puts the enemy and his opposing forces on notice that we are not daunted by his tricks and devices. And the other great thing about praise is that it takes our attention off self. God is worthy of our praise, and He deserves it because He’s so awesome and great.
Faith, trust, thanksgiving, and praise are essentials. They are sustaining habits–our spiritual nourishment to equip us for all we must endure in the natural. These principles comprise our “milk” and we gotta drink it every day. Come back for Part 2 of this post where we’ll talk about God’s honey. And share your story about how you drink your “milk.” Tell us how you keep your faith and trust in God strong, or how you show thanksgiving and praise. Leave us a comment, or share on our Facebook page.