Men are born without the knowledge of God. They are ruled instead by the Satanic carnal mind, a cruel and callused master. As Pharaoh, this mind delights in death and will rest only when the soul is defiled and the body drops. The lives of unregenerate mortals soon become scarred from the whips of their own carnality. They are servants of sin, captives of evil, and enslaved by Satanic desire. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
But as they grow, some people are called away from carnal sin and are separated unto Jesus Christ. He becomes their Passover lamb, and by his sacrifice their Adamic failure is forgiven. This is the wonderful message of Salvation. By this knowledge, God leads men out of the bondage of carnal servitude (Egypt), and into the wilderness of Organized Christianity. In Organized Christianity, God provides all things that you require for a good and happy life. Like the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai, whatever you need, you have only to ask. A new house, a better job, healing, spiritual experiences, physical manifestations, entertainment, the Ten Commandments, comfort, fellowship, provision, protection, peace, safety, manna, quail, water from rocks- and all this is the state of spiritual death.
In the Wilderness of Organized Christianity, you possess nothing- no life, no wisdom, no power, no understanding, no love, no knowledge. Though you may dabble with some of these attributes in a very limited fashion, still, they are only gifts. They are on loan to you. They can be taken from you in a moment. From him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. God brings men to the wilderness of Organized Christianity, only as a preparation for war. There they are equipped for the invasion of Canaan. They learn the difference between good and evil. They discover the plan of God. They see that God is faithful to his promises, and they begin to discern that his power is unlimited.
The Wilderness was not intended to be a final resting place. It is not a destination. While you stay in the wilderness of Organized Christianity, lounging in the comforts of earth, you will remain spiritually dead. But God does not intend for you to live in peaceful servitude. We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. He intends for you to invade Canaan. He brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
Canaan represents Sonship, a new habitation in the spirit realm. This is a state of being, far beyond the Salvation of the nominal church. Canaan is the dwelling place of the spiritually begotten Sons of God. It is the “Kingdom of God,” wherein your spirit attains to incorruptibly and immortality. Those who dwell there possess the character and capacity of their Heavenly Father. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
The spiritual excellence of Canaan is the possession that God intends for you, but it can only be acquired in battle. It is only by the struggles of war that slaves are made kings. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.
To conquer Canaan and gain the inheritance of Sonship you need only to kill the Canaanites. The five Canaanite nations represent your five senses. Your five senses spawn the cravings for slavery and idolatry. There is no end to their errant demands, they are giants that can never be satisfied. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. While these miscreants make cruel taskmasters, they are ruled by a still worse tyrant, the carnal mind. The Satanic carnal mind of man is the lowest form of animal life on earth. Thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go. Only the mind of man is capable of perversion, blasphemy, and rebellion against God. This mind is the breeding ground of fear, doubt, and disbelief. The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
The lusty five senses of the physical body, and the Satanic carnal mind, are the two curses of Eden. The destruction of these adversaries is the war that God has provided for your spiritual perfection. Most of the Christians who come out of Egypt will be content to die in the peaceful servitude of the Wilderness. They will enjoy the physical blessings of God, but will never possess the source. They know of the Canaanites, the giants who dwell in fortified cities, with their armored instruments of war. But they have no stomach for battle.
They prefer instead to remain as slaves, cared for by a benevolent master. They are satisfied to live in peace, to dwell in plenty, but are without the steel of courage, vision, and strength, that would transform them into Sons. The thought of war makes them queasy. Thus they choose servitude instead of kingship, welfare instead of wealth. These limp whining proselytes of Organized Christianity will possess nothing in the spirit realm. They are slain already by the fear, doubt, and disbelief, that dwells in their own carnality. So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Like the twelve spies of Israel, only a few of those who leave Egypt will be allowed to glimpse the glories of Canaan. Of those few who see it, only a remnant will have ears to hear, spiritual eyes to see, and a heart to believe that it can be attained. These will observe and consider the possibilities of a new spiritual habitation, something far beyond the experience of mortals. Their veins will pulse with the vision of Joshua and the courage of Caleb. Their hearts will yearn for something more, and be drawn by the tantalizing glimmer of a permanent spiritual inheritance. If these qualities stride in your spirit, you are called to a rare and higher road. This road leads to the greatest of celestial battles. This ultimate war is for the conquest of Canaan, YOUR FLESH!