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THE OASIS OF LIFE:
ENJOYING THE REWARDS OF OBEDIENCE


Copyright © 2017 Clarence Dalrymple


Author: Clarence Dalrymple
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Table of Contents

Dedications

Introduction

This Land is Our Land

Moving Forward in Faith

Establishing Boundaries for Covenant Blessings

Preparing to Enter into Canaan

Marching Orders

Four Principles of Spiritual Victory

My Personal Desert and Coming into the Oasis of Life

Conclusion: It is Never Too Late

About the author

Other Books by Clarence



Dedications

I dedicate this book to the Lord and Savior of my life, Jesus Christ. Your faithfulness has been so great and constant in my life. You have guided each step of my life. You have upheld me and kept me through all my years of serving you.

I also dedicate this book to my lovely wife Pat Dalrymple. She truly is the oasis of refreshing to me. She enhances my life and ministry more than I ever deserved. Pat is the completion to my life and I am so blessed that God gave me the best to complete this journey of faith.

I also dedicate this book to Reverend Mary Barratt for her concept for the book cover.


Introduction

Is there life after the trip through the desert? Is there rest for those weary souls after the times of solitude, and tests that you have experienced? Is there a real oasis — a place where you can find safety and sustenance?

The answer is yes. God has always intended for His people to enter into the place of real contentment and abundant blessings. The word “oasis” literally means a fertile spot in the middle of the desert. Although the literal meaning of oasis is a green spot in the desert, it can also be used to describe a peaceful area in our everyday lives. God wants to lead us into that place of peace. The Hebrew word for peace is the noun shalom, often translated as “peace,” and comes from the verb shalom. The verb shalom means to “restore” in the sense of replacing or providing what is needed in order to make someone or something whole and complete. The noun shalom is one who has, or has been provided, what is needed to be whole and complete.

In other words God’s intent is for His people to live a life that has been fully restored and made totally whole and having everything completed and fulfilled. There should be nothing missing in your life that God has promised.

Life is full of changes. God keeps doing new things. We see it in biblical history, as God moves his people through various stages toward maturity, from the time of Abraham to the period of the Judges to the monarchy, finally to the Gospels. And we see it in the short history of our own lives. In fact many of us can probably remember many momentous transition points in our lives; our first day of school, first day on the job, graduation, our wedding day, the day our first child was born. Every change, however big or small, is a test. Every change that God allows is to show us how we will respond.

As I pondered the different cycles of life that I have experienced, my mind began to play a panoramic view of my life. I was called at a very early age to the ministry. I can look back and see the different schools of life that God had planned for me. It was difficult for me to sit still and allow God to mold my life into what He desired. Many of those schools of training were short periods while others were for a longer period. But now as I look back I can see where God put me in training for what I am doing today.

As you begin to read this new book you will see that the same God who delivers you and leads you will continue to be present as you finish your journey. The Children of Israel had completed their forty year journey in the wilderness and desert. Moses had led the people out of slavery in Egypt. He led them in the wilderness where the plan of God was clearly defined. Also in the process of the perfect plan of God being defined, God had refined the character of those who came through that dry period of their lives.

But now their leader Moses is gone. And so the question is, “Who will lead the people now, as they go forth to conquer the land?” The people have left Egypt, but the exodus is only half complete. They have not entered the new Eden of the promised land, the land flowing with milk and honey.

It is a new day for Israel. They have seen God prepare a table for them in the wilderness. Each day was a process of growing and maturing their faith and being able to walk with confidence in the promises of God. They had come through the time of seeing God provide supernaturally on a daily basis. But now they were on the brink of entering into the Land of Promise that would prove to be that place of plenty, the land flowing with milk and honey.

My purpose for writing this book is to show the leaders and the people of God that each day of travel on this road has been mapped by God. It has led you to the brink of this new day of victory and to enjoy the fruits of that victory. It has been a long road that has brought you through your desert experience to this point of crossing over into the land of abundance.

You have come out of the desert into the oasis of life.

It does not mean that there will not be new challenges which will test your faith. But with those challenges your new confidence in God and His faithfulness will shine in the dark hours. There will always be ample supply for every endeavor because you have been tried in the desert but now you will flourish in the promised land.

As you read this book you will see exactly what God has provided for you. Instead of sitting at Jordan’s bank you will arise with new faith and confidence in the promise of God. Begin to speak the vision and allow God to take your words and develop them into the reality of the fulfillment of your dream. What you will receive is directly connected to how you believe.

You will discover there is no limit on the blessings that are yours for the taking. Stake your claim. Mark the boundaries that you will establish by your faith. You determine how far you will go. You set the boundaries of blessings for your life.

Turn your back on your past. There is no room for the past in your present time. Yesterday is in the tomb, tomorrow is in the womb, live today in faith to progress into your future.

Whatever the circumstances or walls that stand between you and entering into the land of victory, be consistent in your march of faith. You will enter into that land of rest and plenty.

When God has a big job to do He always gives faith the contract.

Enjoy the rest of your life.

Clarence Dalrymple

2015

Chapter 1: This Land is Our Land

You must believe God says what He means and means what He says. You have to know that He is God and does not lie. God always has a plan for His people to display His Glory and to let the world know He is faithful. He will complete what He has begun!

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.” Psalm 44:3

It has been a long journey for the Children of Israel. For forty years they have trekked through the wilderness and desert place to finally arrive at their destination of the land that God had promised them. They have seen the mighty hand of God move for them on a daily basis. Supernatural provisions of food and even water were witnessed by them.

Now lying across the other side of the river is the real estate that God had promised. It was a good and large land that flowed with milk and honey.

“So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:8

God’s agenda for His people never changed, even though the people of God often murmured and complained and even doubted the integrity of Jehovah God. The one thing you as a believer must do is to believe God says what He means and means what He says. You have to know that He is God and does not lie. God has always had a plan for His people to display His Glory and to let the world know that He is a faithful God. He will complete what He has begun!

The trip through the desert and wilderness has been a trying time, but now the entrance to the oasis and the Promised Land is in front of you. It is now time to enjoy the rest of your life and learn what it means to live in the fullness of God’s abundance.

What is this Promised Land that I’m talking about? It’s a place of happiness, a place of blessing, a place of peace. It’s what the book of Hebrews calls “entering God’s rest.” This is a place where you feel good about your life, you find satisfaction in your work, you experience joy in your relationships, and you’re relaxed about your financial situation. This is the life that God desires for his people -- a life of contentment. It is a place where God’s presence is ever abiding.

King Solomon described it this way: “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil, this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Here’s what I want all believers to understand. Just as God promised the people of Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, he has promised you a place of peace and contentment and abundance and joy ... and if you’re ready to make your move, you can begin to take possession of the Promised Land today.

Leaders, this message is for you. Some of you are facing the challenge of taking a group of people or an area of ministry from point A to point B. The project that you lead has been floundering in the desert for too long, and it’s time now to make your move. This message will help you today.

It’s also about taking ownership in your own life. Some of you may feel like you left the bondage of Egypt long ago, but you have never made it to the place of abundance in your spiritual life. You’re stuck in a rut, stumbling through life. You’re living off manna instead of feasting on God’s abundance. You’re wandering through the wilderness instead of inhabiting the holy land. It’s time now to make your move. It’s time now to receive what God has for you. It’s time now to enter the promised land.

There are three things I challenge you to do in order to take leadership of your life and your situation. First of all, you need to:

1. Turn the Page

You need to accept change in your life. Let go of the past. You must be willing to move forward, to start afresh, to take a new step when the time calls for it. Listen to the first words God speaks to Joshua...”Moses my servant is dead.”

Moses was a great man of God. God used him in many marvelous and miraculous ways. The anointing of God was on his life. As a child he was saved from the sword of Pharaoh and grew up in his royal household, because God was preparing him for a mighty work. Through Moses, God saved the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. Through Moses, God parted the waters of the Red Sea. Through Moses, God delivered the Ten Commandments and the Books of the Law. Moses was a great man, but he didn’t live forever. He died in Moab at the age of 120, and the nation of Israel mourned his passing for 30 days. And then it was time to move on.

Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people to the land which I am giving to them...the children of Israel. Joshua 1:2

God said, in effect, “Turn the page, Joshua. Moses was a great man, he was my servant, but he’s gone. It’s time for you to move on.” For those of you who are still in the desert, God is saying this to you today: “Turn the page. Let go of the past. It’s time to move on.”

The greatest obstacle to experiencing the abundance of God in your life today is your refusal to let go of yesterday. In the game of baseball you can’t steal second base with your foot still on first. At some point, you’ve got to take your foot off first base and start running forward. It’s the same in life. You’ve got to let go of the past if you want to move into the future that God has planned for you.

I heard this statement one day, “The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.” What this is saying is that we shouldn’t live in the past, but we can use the lessons we learned in the past to move us forward. It’s what helps us turn the page.

God said to Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead...it’s time now for you to move on. Turn the page.” You need to ask yourself today, “What page in my life needs to be turned? What part of the past am I hanging on to? In what ways do I allow yesterday to hold me back?” Whatever is in your past that is blocking your future, let go of it. Turn the page.

2. Stake your Claim

God made a bold promise to the people of Israel.

Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:3

I want you to know that God is making the same promise to you today. He wants to give you every place where you set your foot. Here’s what I mean. God wants you to realize that you have ownership of every area of your life. He wants you to exercise authority and power in every area of your life. And, if I can use a word laden with connotation, He wants to understand that you have dominion in every area of your life. Paul once used a phrase that we would do well to repeat every day of our lives. He said, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

God made you to win. He made you to succeed. He made you to thrive. He wants you to walk in victory.

God wants every area of your life to be touched with His favor. The blessings of God should abound in your home, on the job, in school, and in your finances.

It also applies to your spiritual life. For those of you who are struggling with sin, struggling with obedience, struggling with burnout, struggling with living in an emotional vacuum, I want you to know that God gave you dominion in those areas, too. You can experience love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control. These are your inheritances; He’s waiting for you to take them.

It’s time to stake your claim. Look at your life; look at every place you set your foot--home, work, church, ministry, your neighborhood, your social life, your health, your finances, your extended family, and on and on. Decide today to believe that God gave you dominion in each of these areas. And as he promised Joshua, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.” Joshua 1:5

Does that mean Joshua never lost a battle? Of course not. But it does mean that he lived his life in victory, in the shadow of God’s provision. You can too. Stake your claim.

3. Claim your promise

God said to Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5

These words were echoed in the book of Hebrews, “For he Himself has said I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

And they’re similar to the last words spoken by Jesus on planet earth: “And lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Whether you realize it or not, whether you acknowledge it or not, you are never out of God’s sight. He sees you all the time. He’s with you all the time. He watches over you all the time. I want you to understand this, and accept it, and believe it, and claim the promise: God is with me always. Do you remember In the Footprints poem, the part where there was only one set of footprints in the sand? This was during his darkest day. And the Lord said, “That’s when I carried you.” Do you remember that’s the way of God? God will never let you down or disappoint you.

God said to Joshua and the people of Israel ... and he’s saying to you: “Every step you take, every place you go, I am with you. In your victories and defeats, in your good times and your bad times, in your dark days and in your bright days, I am with you. You can count on me.”

You might want to say, “But I don’t feel His presence.”

But He says, “I am with you always.”

You might want to say, “But I don’t deserve His presence.”

But He says, “I am with you always.”

You might want to say, “But I’m no Moses and I’m no Joshua.”

But He says, “I am with you always.”

In order to make your move into the Promised Land, you have to get in the habit of living your life in the presence of God. But here’s what I want you to understand: Right now, you already are in the presence of God. He is with you at this moment, as you read this book. Day after day, when you wake up, He is there with you. As you go about your routine, He is nearby. He never leaves you. You don’t have to make a long journey to get into God’s presence. You’re already there. Begin to acknowledge it.

Sometimes you act as if He’s not right there with you. You feel that you are all alone and that you can’t lean on Him for help. By failing to acknowledge His presence, you miss out on the blessings of His provision.

If you want to make your move into the promised land, then claim the promise of God’s permanent residency in your life. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 Acknowledge His presence. Expect it. Live in it. This is how you make your move into the Promised Land.

For those of you who have been wandering in your wilderness--who need to make the migration from the desert land into the holy land--I want you to know that today is the day you can begin. You may not be sure of what God is up to in your life. But a place of promise awaits you. It is a place of contentment and joy and peace and abundance and satisfaction. It’s a land flowing with milk and honey and God is waiting for you to enter. It’s time for you to make your move. This is how you begin to experience the fullness of God’s promises, and in the days to come you will see how all of His promises are fully realized.


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