Breaking Camp

“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us,’You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on…’”  —  Deuteronomy 1:6-7

To those of the “Flex 2010 Youth Camp,” I bid a fond farewell and may the grace of the Lord encompass you. It has been good to worship and fellowship with some of God’s choicest servants.

There is a time to every purpose of God under the sun. There comes a time when we must “break camp.” Israel had spent much time at  Mt. Sinai and now it was time to move on. The welfare and future of God’s people depended on it.

A little later in the day I will be sharing some reasons why it is important for us to “break camp” in our lives. Be looking for them this evening……

If we never break camp, we will not know Progress in God’s Plan. Simply put, we cannot stand still and grow! It is so easy and so desirable to bask in the glow of the comfortable and the familiar. That is not what God has planned for his children. We are on a journey… a journey of growth.

If we never break camp, we will have no Possession in God’s Land. These were people of promise but what good is a promise unaccepted or unclaimed. They were camped around a mountain where God had shown up. He had moved on, but they were still there. Is that just like us. God shows up and we want to build tabernacles and camp there. God is always on the move. To possess our possession, we must follow!

If we never break camp, there will be no clear Proof of God’s Hand. God chose the children of Israel to be His witnesses to a world in darkness. Israel could not stay at the mountain and show the power of their God. If we never penetrate our culture…if we never leave the mountain…the world will never know we were touched by Him…that He spoke to us.

So, let’s break camp, guys. There is a world out there that needs God…and our witness.


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