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I don't know if you can relate to the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt – I certainly do relate. My slavery was sin, into which I was obviously not forced. I chose to walk a life of sin. It was not easy getting out of it in my own strength.

I needed a rescuer and saviour. Jesus pursued me for many years but I chose not to allow Him into my heart and life. However, I was in a "fix" and decided to cry out to Him. He heard and came to my rescue.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord's s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull, that it cannot hear. ESV

I sensed this person/being in my room. I could feel His presence, and I just started worshiping Him. I told Jesus how much I loved Him, repeating the same words over and over again. He did not speak audibly to me; instead, He touched my hand.

That touch led me to realise that I was seriously in need of Him in my life. I woke with such a conviction in my heart that it was time to allow Jesus to be my Saviour and Lord. I phoned a friend who referred me to a local church and I gave my life to Jesus.

To be honest, I thought my life would be smooth as butter since I had become part of His Kingdom. Little did I know that there is pruning in the journey - John 15:2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. My wilderness journey, so to speak, was difficult. The Holy Spirit exposed many character issues I needed to deal with. There were a lot of mindset shifts that needed to happen. I needed to know that I had crossed the Red Sea and I was free – therefore, I could not think like a captive. My destiny route had changed to the land of "milk and honey".

How does one shift from enslavement to the wilderness, and finally to milk-and-honey land? I wish this journey was the press of a button, but there are spiritual disciplines that one must apply on a daily basis. They are the firm foundations of our Christian walk:

  1. Pray: this is a communication tool with our Father in Heaven. We need to be intentional and make it a priority to pray, daily. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (NIV): “Rejoice always, pray continually…” and “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

2. Repent: this is a requirement from God to us. I find repentance keeps me humble – it exposes how much I need the Holy Spirit. 1 John 1:9 (NIV): “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

3. Read and Study the Word of God: the Bible is the one of the primary ways God speaks to us. You need to set aside time to engage with the word of God. Romans 12:2 (NIV): Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Matthew 4:4 (NIV): “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread

alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’”.

4. Be in His Presence daily: Make time to spend with God. Exodus 33:15 (NIV): “Then Moses said to him, ‘If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here….”

These are a few foundational ways to build your core in your walk with Jesus Christ. They might look simple; however, they are your core strength. God's heart is for us to be reconciled to Him and be restored in the physical and spiritual realms – John 10:10 ESV: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I cam that they may have life and have it abundantly.

The land of "milk and honey" is Jesus Himself. He is abundant. He is destiny.



Women of Reverence welcomes our Founder, Lusanda Dhlamini as a contributor this month.

Lusanda Dhlamini is a wife to Joseph Dhlamini, a mom and grandmother to two boys. She is the podcast host and founder of Together We Thrive Africa.

Lusanda is a dynamic Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach and Mentor who is passionate about women empowerment. Her coaching and mentorship and heartwarming stories, and passion for a purpose fulfilled life take her audiences on a journey that leads to transformation.

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