Possessing Our Possessions 8

Relationships are vitally important on the journey toward possessing our possessions.  They can be a huge blessing that propels us forward as we seek to walk in the fullness of the new season the Lord is bringing us into.  That is why the enemy would love to involve us an a bad alliance that would be a hindrance.  Let’s take a look at how he does it and how we can avoid being snared.

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Explicit Instructions

The Lord gave very explicit instructions to the people of Israel as to how they were to deal with the people of Canaan when they invaded their land. One example of these instructions is found in Deuteronomy 7:1 – 3.

1 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you, 2 and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. 3 You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons…”

That sounds somewhat harsh, doesn’t it?  The Lord, however, never commands us to do anything without having a solid reason behind it.  The reason they were to deal harshly with the people of Canaan is found in verses 4 and 5.

4 “…for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. 5 But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire.”

Any alliance with the people of the land would prove to be a stumbling block for the people of God.  That is why the Canaanites had to be removed completely.

Tricked by the Enemy

Joshua 9:3 – 15 records a trick that was played on the Israelites by the people of Gibeon who lived in the land of Canaan.  The Gibeonites knew that the Lord had given their land to the Israelites, and that they were doomed for destruction.  So they sent a committee that pretended to be from a far away country to seek a covenant of peace with Joshua and the people of God.  This committee wore old clothes and worn out shoes.  They also took worn out bags for their donkeys as well as old and worn out wineskins.  To the naked eye it looked as those these guys had been traveling for months. The truth was, however, they were only a three day journey away.

As stated before, they came to Joshua and the leaders of Israel to ask for a covenant of peace that would guarantee the Israelites would not destroy them.  Although they were at first suspicious, Joshua and the leaders eventually agreed to make a covenant with them.  How could they have been tricked so easily?  Joshua 9:14 tells us.

So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord. (emphasis added)

If Joshua and the elders of Israel would have sought the Lord, the ruse would have been exposed and no covenant would have been made.  Unfortunately, having failed in this vital step, they forged an alliance that could not be revoked, and one that eventually became a stumbling block just like the Lord said.

Not Everything That Glitters

You have undoubtedly heard the old adage that states, “Not everything that glitters is gold.”  It’s still true.  As we journey on toward possessing our possessions in God, the enemy will try to trick us into forging relationships that will be a hindrance to us rather than a help.  He will put people across our path that will look absolutely genuine to the casual observer.  The relationships offered can come in many forms, from a marriage proposal to a business contract.  It’s only after the alliance has been made that we find out people’s true motives and identities.  Don’t get caught!  Seek the Lord diligently before entering into any formal alliance with anyone regardless of how good they may look.  The God who is Truth is more than capable of exposing the enemy’s lies and preserve us on the path of living in the Reign.

M

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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