Deuteronomy 3:28 (AMP) But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over before this people and he shall cause them to possess the land which you shall see.
Deuteronomy 8:1-2 (NIV) Do Not Forget the Lord
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and
possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors.
From a great sermon heard Sunday, one point particularly stuck in my heart. God promised the Israelites a land of milk and honey, then told them to go and possess the land. It was not a free entrance into the land. We know something given without cost is often regarded as little value ~ easy come, easy go. But if we must struggle for something, it retains value when we achieve it.
Possess:Strong’s Concordance Hebrew: to occupy by driving out previous tenant and possessing in their place. . . take possession, seize upon, succeed utterly
The land was theirs by promise, by inheritance, but they needed to fight for it to take possession of it.
Then I began to ruminate on how that applies to us today: Lord if we want to possess Your promises that You have given us in Your Word, do we need to do battle to possess them? How do we do battle for them?
We stand in trust. We ask God to be in control. We believe what God has said, that He will do! Then we disbelieve what our eyes may physically see, and keep our spiritual eyes on God. We battle doubt and unbelief.
Holy Spirit, what other struggle do we need to engage in before we actually possess the promises of God? Ah yes, the NIV says: “Do Not Forget the Lord”
We must live with a desire in our hearts to truly keep the commands of our God. We give Him honor and praise and worship. We forge deeper in our relationship with Him by spending time daily with our Lord. As this action brings us ever closer to Him, we can do battle to dispossess the enemy from our land [first from our heart and our inner thoughts] and open the door wider to God’s promises.
The enemy tries to repel us with deceit and lies attempting to cause doubt and unbelief in our God and His faithfulness. But in our relentless pursuit of God, we will establish an intimate relationship with our Lord, learning His character and goodness and extraordinary love for us. That knowing deep within will keep us from falling under the power of the enemy lies. Then as we persist in standing on the promises of this mighty God, we will have them!
God’s promises of His protection are there for all of us. eg: this Psalm is full of them:
Ps. 91:9-10 If you say, "The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11-12 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Notice this passage begins with “if you”. And verse 14 says “Because he loves me”. Again we see we must have and develop our relationship with God, then we will know how to possess the promises we find in Psalms 91 and all the promises we see in His Word: we will experience no harm nor disaster, His angels will guard and protect us, He will rescue us, He will answer prayers, He’ll be with us in trouble and deliver us, give us long life and salvation.
These are a few promises we can claim when we follow the “ifs” and commands and choose Him as the Lord of our life. We will possess the promises God has for us!