Possessing Our Possessions 1

We have been through the transition process.  Now it is time to enter the new season that Lord has prepared for us, and that He has prepared us for.  In this post we will discuss the first step required in the process of possessing our possessions.

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After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.  Joshua 1:1 – 2

Leave the Past Behind

Moses, the great leader of Israel, was dead.  The wilderness with all its challenges and lessons lay behind them.  Joshua and the children of Israel were standing on the banks of the Jordan River, opposite the land of Canaan.  Everything they had been through had prepared them for this day.  The only question waiting to be answered was what they would do.  How tragic it would have been if the people of Israel would have said, “We have had an amazing time in the wilderness.  We had an incredible leader and the Lord was good to us.  Let’s build a monument to Moses so we can remain faithful to his memory.  Let’s also have regular meetings where we sit around and reminisce about how wonderful things used to be.”

Unfortunately that is what a lot of people do.  They celebrate the blessings of the past instead of taking hold of the blessings of the present and future.  They cling to the leaders of the past instead of looking to the leaders of today.  They hold onto their past relationship with the Lord rather than allowing Him to upgrade them into a new level in their relationship.  When this happens, the whole purpose of the transition process is frustrated.  That’s why the first step in possessing our possessions in the new season is to leave the past behind.

Why is It So Hard?

Why do we find it so hard to leave the past behind?  That’s easy, because it is familiar!  We knew all the choruses in the past.  We knew who our leaders were.  We knew all the keys to the anointing.  We could function in the past without any effort.  In fact, we were so familiar with it, we could almost do it without needing the Lord’s help!

To walk forward into the future means to step into uncertainty.  It means having to forge new relationships with the Lord and with other people.  We have to discover new ways of doing things because the old ones don’t seem to work any more.  That’s okay.  That is one of the ways the Lord causes us to grow.

Embrace the New Day

The only way to truly leave the past behind is to fully embrace the new day the Lord is setting before us.  Moses is dead and must be left behind.  The wilderness is behind us and we cannot progress if we are constantly looking back.  We must take the lessons with us while leaving the experience behind us . A new day is upon us.  Walking forward into the new season of the Lord is the only way to ensure we will possess our possessions and continue living in the Reign.

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Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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