In the first post on possessing our possessions we discussed the need to leave the past behind. That is only half the equation. We must then look forward and take the necessary steps to enter our promised land.
1 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. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:1 – 5
Go Take Possession
The Lord gave no indication to Joshua or the Israelites that the Canaanites were simply going to vacate the land and let them come in and inhabit it. They were going to have to go into the land, lay claim to it, and take possession of it. It was going to require effort on their part, and it would not be an overnight process.
By the same token, we have to lay claim to the new season the Lord brings us into. We have to actually move into the new neighbourhood. We have to take up the new ministry. Whatever the new thing is that the Lord is bringing us into, we have to take the necessary steps to fully occupy it. It likely will not be handed to us on a silver platter.
It is right here that the intimidation usually sets in. You can bet that not everyone is going to be cheering us on as we begin to occupy our new territory. The Canaanites certainly weren’t cheering for Israel. They were scared spit-less and were fortifying their cities against the coming onslaught (Joshua 2:8 – 11, 6:1). That is why we must be certain we have one very important piece of equipment in our arsenal.
Armed with Promise
Notice the six-fold promise that Joshua and the Israelites were armed with as they prepared to take over the Promised Land.
- God was giving them the land (v 2).
- He would give them every place they set the soles of their feet (v 3).
- He mapped out the dimensions of their territory (v 4).
- No man would be able to stand before them (v 5).
- God would be with Joshua as He was with Moses (v 5).
- God would never leave or forsake them (v 5).
Armed with the promise they were unbeatable. Whenever any sort of opposition would arise, all they would have to do is recall the promises of God. The recollection of God’s assurances would be all they would need to spur them on to fully occupy their inheritance.
What Has God Promised?
You can bet that if God is bringing us into a new season, there is a promised attached to it somewhere. This promise will be very important as we march forward into our new day. Let’s fix our hearts firmly on the promise and start walking. We conquer by promise as we live in the Reign.
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