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The Wilderness Experience

26 Feb

The Wilderness Experience
By: Dr. Jonathan Doctor, M.Min., Ph.D.

1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Everyone goes through times of transition, and many people do not know how to handle change. When change presents itself, you need to be flexible. Transition is seasonal (Ecclesiastes 3:1, Isaiah 40:8). Change is not always welcomed because many people are afraid of change. God may shake your security once in a while so make sure your foundation is sure. In Ephesians 4:11-12 God has given us the 5 fold ministers to teach us and to perfect us, He does not send trouble or sickness to do it.

The Wilderness Experience
Paul tells us that we should learn from the children of Israel’s wilderness experience (1 Corinthians 10:5-6) and what was written about them (Romans 15:4). If we learn the character lessons that they learned we would not have to spend much time in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:11). Its too bad that many Christians must learn from the wilderness the character lessons of humility, patience, trust and to not murmur or complain. These are vital character lessons that God wants to teach us. As I said from Ephesians 4: 11-12, that God has appointed the Five Fold Ministers to be our teachers. God would prefer that we learn from the Pastor and from what is written in the word of God concerning our character development than to learn from a long wilderness experience.

Many Christians have been taught that God MUST put us through the wilderness experience in order to make us what He wants us to be. That was true for the children of Israel, but we can learn the lessons that they learned without going through what they went through. If we would put developing our character first place in our Christian walk than we would experience our promised land much faster than the children of Israel. Now don’t mis-understand me it will take time to develop your character, but if you do, you will experience your promised land much quicker than 40 years. It will take change, and starting with you. People usually fear change, and the unknown. The good news about change is that God, Jesus, and his Word do not change. The Three sobering truths about change are:

1. The gospel does not change.
2. The gospel demands change.
3. We must change.

Don’t resist change and stop your progression. Jesus introduced change, change is healthy and produces growth. Don’t always choose the path of least resistance.

The Proper Mindset for Transition
God does not create adversity in your life to bring transition. God has given us the fivefold ministry offices as His first choice to teach us, not trouble, problems and pressures. Success in life comes from progressive transition. Let’s not fear change. Let’s become people of our word, people of integrity. Let’s rejoice in adversity.

The above article was taken from Dr. Jonathan Doctor’s book “Prophetic Grace – God’s Set Time” you can download your free copy at