“. . . For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7

 
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It's Time To MOVE!

  

"But this time I will spare the region of Goshen, where my people live. No flies will be found there. Then you will know that I am the Lord and that I am present even in the heart of your land. 23 I will make a clear distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will happen tomorrow.’” (Exodus 8:22-23 (NLT))  And again, The Lord tells us how He separated His People in the Land of Goshen from the People of Egypt.                       (Exodus 9:4-7, 26)
 
 
 
  

  Goshen.  The Land of Goshen.  We have written to you before about this Place and The Lord is directing that we look at it with an even deeper scope this month.  Goshen is called “the best place” in Egypt. (Genesis 47:6)  Many times (the World) that we live in is described as “Egypt.”  So, though we as God’s People and Believers don’t live in the Nation of Egypt like God’s People did in the Book of Genesis, we definitely are living in the (Egypt-World) today.  Yet, there is a Place that The Bible calls Goshen.  And The Land of Goshen is within the boundaries of Egypt (The World,) but it is separated out from Egypt (The World) also.  There is a geographical description of where Goshen physically is located within the Nation of Egypt and yet Goshen’s location was separated out from the Nation of Egypt.  The Truth of this is a parallel to how we can live in Goshen today and yet still reside inside the World (Egypt,) Church.  We are living in the World (Egypt,) but we are to live a life separate in a place called (Goshen.)  A life in Goshen is living away from darkness and sin and one choosing to live a life of Truth and Light.  For The Bible says, “Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.” (John 8:12 (AMPC))  You are IN this World but you are not OF this World! (John 15:18-19)  Let’s look at Goshen and why it is significant to us in such a big way.  The word Goshen (go'-shen) is Strong’s Number 1657 and it means approaching, drawing near, went (go) forward.

 
 
 
 
 
       To even be entitled to live in The Land of Goshen you must be Born Again.  Next, you have to be a Follower of Jesus Christ and His Word.  You cannot live like the World says to live and stay and reside in Goshen.  Obedience to God and His Word is NECESSARY to live in Goshen.  PARTIAL OBEDIENCE will NOT KEEP you in Goshen!  If you miss it and sin, be quick to repent and get things right with God and man, so that you keep yourself within the boundaries of The Land of Goshen.  Drawing Near (One of the defining meanings of Goshen) to God is a sure guarantee that you will keep yourself in the safety of Goshen!   We see that staying in Goshen is CONDITIONAL!  And we see it so clearly defined and detailed in a very important place in The Word and that is in the Book of Psalms.  As we have written to you before, The Land of Goshen is also referred to and explained by God to us to be, “The Secret Place.”  Goshen IS, “The Secret Place!”  You may ask why is Goshen referred to as The Secret Place?  Well, it's only for those who are WILLING TO Draw Near To God and His Word.  Staying close to The Lord keeps you safe in Goshen!  Again, Psalm 91 explains it to us so clearly how The Land of Goshen functions and who is permissible within its boundaries.
 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].  2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!  3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  4 [Then] He will cover you  . . .  6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and . . . 7  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.  8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place . . . 9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,  . . . 10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. . . . 14  Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; . . . .I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91 (AMPC))

 
 


       Living in The Land of Goshen (God’s Secret Place) is CONDITIONAL!  You and I must decide to “dwell” there.  “He who dwells” is CONDITIONAL, not everyone will choose to do what is required to live in this Secret Place called Goshen.  We must stay in obedience to God and His Word and remain VERY CLOSE to The Master, so close that we are “under the shadow of the Almighty!”  (Verse 1)  If you and I are in the shadow of someone and we “stay” there as Verse 1 says, you are extremely close to that Person at all times.  I can’t stand 10-20 feet from someone and be in their shadow.  We can’t be living out in Egypt (The World) and stay close to God!  We must also speak what God speaks for we are to “say of the Lord” what He says. (Verse 2)  We have to have reliance on The Lord and His Word and “confidently trust” Him which will lead us to obey Him! (Verse 2) Because we “trust” what He says!  “For then” we are delivered, “Then” He covers us! (Verses 3-4)  Are we getting this Church?  “For then” and “Then” are CONDITIONAL words!  If you do what comes before the words “for then” and “then,” THEN YOU RECEIVE AND ARE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS!  Another CONDITIONAL word is “Because.”  “Because” I do something, God says, I receive a benefit!  AND LOOK AT THE BENEFITS CHURCH! (Verse 9-14)  And yet, while the World (Egypt) is dealing with many terrible things from the enemy, Goshen is all right!  Goshen is not being affected.  The people of Goshen are witnessing the things going on in Egypt (The World) but not participating in them. 

       The Land of Goshen was a Place that God's People stayed and lived in even though they were inside the Land of Egypt (The World.)  We, must live in this Place with God, we are invited to stay in the residence or dwelling or abode with God!  We must NOT live in the World (Egypt) and its ways!  We must DO what God says in His Word, not what the World says to do and what the World says is right!  You and I, like the Hebrew Children in Genesis, may live in Egypt (the World) but we are to be separated out of Egypt (the World) separated out in a Place called THE LAND OF GOSHEN! 
  
 
 
 
 
 
        The results of the rebellion of Egypt (the World) DID NOT COME ON THE PEOPLE LIVING IN GOSHEN!  The Hebrew Children of course, heard all that was going on in Egypt.  Chapters 8-13 of Exodus tells of the plagues that came within the Land of Egypt due to their Pharaoh, King or Leader's refusal to obey God's Command and Word.  This Leader literally did what he wanted and wouldn't even listen to his officials that served him in his Leadership role!  There came into the Land of Egypt, on the ground, on the People, in their homes, on their fields, on the animals, etc. the plagues of all water turning to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, all livestock of Egypt dying, boils, hail, locusts, darkness (that you could feel) and the death of the firstborn.  Everything was gone and many people and animals did not make it through these plagues. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       Yet, there is one thing that is amazing in all of this terrible destruction of a Nation . . . It didn't happen in the Land of Goshen and to God's People.  The people of God living in The Land of Goshen could see the effects of the plagues on the people of Egypt (the World.)  When the wind would carry the stench of the decaying animals (the frogs, the locusts, the livestock) to Goshen, they knew that destruction was happening!  God's People could see the stripped bare crops in the fields all around the boundaries of Goshen and hear all the terrible crying and wailing of the people of Egypt (World) and even of the animals!  And yet, the People in Goshen were not included, they were not involved with the results of rebellion that was going on around them!  Psalm 91 says it best, Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place . . .” (Psalm 91:8 (AMPC))  The World (Egypt) or The Land of Goshen . . . . YOU CHOOSE!
 
 
 
 

The Goshen Shepherds 

 


"You shall say, Your servant's occupation has been as keepers of livestock from our youth until now, both we and our fathers before us - order that you may live in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians."  (Genesis 46:34 (AMPC))


 

 
 
 

The Land of Goshen is a wonderful Place for sheep and shepherding!  It is a place where chosen men and women of God raise a flock or herd to eat of the Land of Goshen, to live in the Land of Goshen and to be protected, thrive and be blessed in the Land of Goshen!  In order for you and I to stay in this Land of Goshen in our Days that we are in, we must also seek out these men and women of God (Shepherds) who ONLY live and teach others BY THE WORD OF GOD!  We must submit ourselves to the authority that God has given Ministers (Shepherds) who will not compromise The Word or compromise THE TRUTH in ANY WAY!  We must allow God to minister to us through the men and women of God that are not swayed by the World (Egypt) or its ways or reasoning!  To live and stay in the Land of Goshen, one MUST follow the Shepherds (Ministers) that He has placed in the Land of Goshen to instruct us HOW TO STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF GOD, HIS WORD and therefore, we are then allowed to live in this separated out and set apart Place with God . . . called the Land of Goshen! 

       Yes, Goshen is a set apart Place and has "conditions of our residence" there.  The Word of God tell us the conditions of Goshen and only certain men and women of God know HOW TO STAY IN GOSHEN and CAN TEACH US about Goshen, for they understand Goshen and live there themselves!  You must run in to Goshen, be willing to be shepherded by, raised up and stay within the boundaries of God, His Word and His Shepherds of Goshen - there's no other way!  For "then sheep" that are under and cared for by the Shepherds of Goshen, "may live in the land of Goshen." 
 
 
 
 
 
       In order to truly be awarded the benefits of the Land of Goshen in these Last Days, you must settle this in your life!  You cannot live some in Egypt (the World) and some in Goshen - it doesn't work that way!  You cannot even live on the boundary lines of Egypt (the World) and in the Land of Goshen!  YOU ARE EITHER IN GOSHEN OR EGYPT - YOU CHOOSE!  And don't forget that, " . . . for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians." (Genesis 46:34 (AMPC))  If you live in Goshen, you will not be liked or treasured by the people who choose to live in Egypt (the World.)  When living in the Land of Goshen, God's People living in the boundaries of Goshen are set apart and follow The Lord's Ways and His Word and this stand will make you and I detestable to the people of Egypt (the World!)  Our living by The Word of God ONLY, being sheep that are living in Goshen and for those being called to Shepherd the flocks in Goshen, all of us, sheep and Shepherds, will be "an abomination to the Egyptians" or (people of the World.)  For, we are told that, "You shall say, Your servant's occupation has been as keepers of livestock from our youth until now, both we and our fathers before us - in order that you may live in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians." (Genesis 46:34 (AMPC))  And sadly, there will be people that are Born Again and have given their lives to Christ, but are not willing to commit to live without compromise to God and His Word in their lives.  Some choose to decide to live their lives by their own beliefs and reasoning for the way they live, instead of what God and His Word say.  Compromising God's Word is not allowed and not practiced in Goshen! 
 
 
 

Moving – It’s Your Choice!

  
 

We have stated that Goshen literally means and is a Place that one must “approach,” “draw near,” and “go forward” or MOVE TO and LIVE IN.  We see the Patriarch Jacob making the huge decision to move and GO FORWARD with God’s Plan to moving to Goshen.  Jacob made the decision to move everyone and everything he had and trust that God would provide for him.  Jacob received the news that his son (Joseph) that he thought was dead was alive and that he would be able to see him!  What a wonderful thing God did for Jacob!  And through this, Jacob had to trust God that he would be provided for in moving everyone and everything to this Place called Goshen that he was being called to.  Jacob had a choice to stay where he was and continue sending his sons to get food.  Of course, no one would blame him for not moving himself and all their cattle and possessions and family . . . I mean he was so old by this time!  In Genesis 46:1 (AMPC), "So Israel made his journey with all that he had."  And yet we can see that Jacob made this MOVE towards The Plan of God, towards Goshen when he was 130 years old! (Genesis 47:9)  And even though Jacob could have just stayed where he was and not moved and obeyed what The Lord was telling him to do, he still moved to God's Place for him.

Jacob must have had fear about moving.  For, we see in The Word that, “And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”  “Here I am,” he replied.  3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.  4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”  5  Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him.  6  So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan.”  (Genesis 46:2-6 (NIV))  Father God addressed with Jacob about what he was feeling.  Jacob was feeling fearful about moving to another land and place that he was not familiar with.  At 130 years old Jacob probably didn’t feel that he was physically in a place to make such a journey.  We have to remember; Jacob just didn’t get on a plane and have a moving van come get his things like we may today!  And he probably was pretty “set” in his life and where he lived.  But where Jacob was, was not God’s Plan for him anymore.  It was time for CHANGE, it was time to MOVE! 

 
 

  

Goshen is the Place of provision.  Goshen has to do with where you are physically and spiritually.  You could be physically living in a place that is NOT where God has for you.  First we find that Jacob is living in Canaan. Canaan (Kna'an) is Strong’s Number 3667.  The root-verb (kana') is normally thought to mean to be humbled, subdued, or brought into subjection, but more basically, this verb describes the process of bringing elements from a wild, feral state into a state of common order. Jacob had been through a “process” with God.  Jacob was known for his ways of trickery and while wrestling with God, his trueness came out of his own mouth, “[The Man] asked him, What is your name?  And [in shock of realization, whispering] he said, Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]!” (Genesis 32:27 (AMPC))  While Jacob lives in the Land of Canaan, he “grew up” and was brought into a humbled state.  He was no longer a “wild,” “trickster” and “schemer” that he once was.  Canaan was his place of home and comfort and growth.  He was settled in Canaan and God was telling him now, in this time of his life to leave it for a better place, a place called Goshen. Jacob and all his family with all of their possessions would bypass a place of familiarity and memories that they held dear to them.  Obedience to God and moving was more important to them than their comfort and ease of their lives.

       “Then Jacob left Beersheba,” (Genesis 46:5)  Let’s really look at this.  In the Amplified Translation (AMP) we see Genesis 46:1 show us something significant about Jacob (Israel) and him leaving his home. “So Israel set out with all that he had, and came to Beersheba [where both his father and grandfather had worshiped God], and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.”  And in the Amplified Classic Translation (AMPC) we find Genesis 46:1 translated, “So Israel made his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba [a place hallowed by sacred memories] and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.”  Beersheba was a very special place to Jacob.  It was a place of Covenant, Promises and significant moments in time for him and his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham. (Genesis Chapters 21and 26)  Beersheba was a place that meant so much to Jacob and all of his family.  It was a place of memories of times of worshiping God and times of decision.  It was a familiar place and a place that was significant to Jacob and his family for many years and Jacob could have chosen to just stop and stay there.  He could have stopped and thought, Well God I did what you said, I moved from where I was and Beersheba is so significant and special to me!  There has been so many memories made here, I can’t just leave everything I and my family have known and done here!  This is what I know and love and my family has such roots here!  Goshen is so far away from what I know and what I am familiar with.  I can “just settle” here.  I can ”just settle” with this land and these comforts and memories.  But, God was leading Jacob and his family to move, leave everything familiar and move to the place of provision for them.  Jacob could have “settled” with just staying in Canaan or “settle” with going forward just a little and move to Beersheba where so many memories were made by his family, but anything short of obedience to move to Goshen would have been disobedience.  Provision was waiting on him and his family and it wasn’t where he was “settled” or was familiar with.  All the blessings and provision was in Goshen just waiting on him and his family! 
 
       You could be physically in a job that God’s been speaking to you about leaving and going to another job or field of work.  And because you are “comfortable” and things are “familiar” to you, you aren’t willing to move!  In Goshen there are THE JOBS that you are designed to do!  And Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”  They replied, “We, your servants, are shepherds, just like our ancestors. . . .6 choose any place in the entire land of Egypt for them to live. Give them the best land of Egypt. Let them live in the region of Goshen. And if any of them have special skills, put them in charge of my livestock, too.”  (Genesis 47:3, 6 (NLT))  What you are designed to do by God, whether you really understand it yet or not, is tied to you being in The Land of Goshen!  Father God had THE JOBS and THE POSITIONS that Jacob and his families were created to do right there waiting on them in The Land of Goshen!  Not on the outside of Goshen!  Their destiny and designed jobs, callings and positions were INSIDE Goshen!  If you are destined and purposed by God to be a car salesman and you are a teacher then you are not in Goshen.  If you are a teacher and you are supposed to be a car salesman then you are not in Goshen!  The “skills” and gifting that The Lord has given you are for you to serve The Kingdom of God and The People of God with and with that obedience to your gifting and callings in the correct Place, comes provision!  THE BEST is waiting for you in Goshen!  Your provision for you and your family is waiting on you and your obedience to The Lord and His Word and getting yourself in Goshen!