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Strangers in the Land

God calls us to be strangers in the land of His promises. We are continually called to go out into a land not knowing whither we are going. The challenge of Christianity is to live as a stranger constantly.

Every step we take should be on soil which we never have trod before. Joshua was promised that wherever he placed the sole of his foot the land was to be his. Christians so often do a spiritual jig upon the same soil day after day, never expanding their horizons, until the soil is hard-packed, dry, and fruitless. It may be familiar soil, but it is only an acre of the whole earth that God has given us.

We need today as never before to live as strangers, to venture out upon the Word of God into areas never before explored.

Abraham chose to dwell in tents for this reason: a tent has no foundation. He wanted to remain mobile until God revealed the City. Our City is the Corporate Body, and we cannot afford to settle down before we find her.

As we travel in the land of our inheritance, let us explore every coast and claim it as our own. Let us never be satisfied with part of our prize, but go on in the adventure of faith. We must enter into lands where we are strangers. That is how new territory is claimed. Columbus had no claim to America until he stood upon her shores. Christians have no right to promises until they stand upon them by faith as strangers in the land.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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