Deuteronomy 11:31-32 (NLT)
For you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you take that land and are living in it, you must be careful to obey all the decrees and regulations I am giving you today.
Take the land. After months of fighting for approval for this life-saving procedure for our son, the Words spoken to my heart are “take the land.” Why? Why would the Lord tell me such a thing like I have any control in the matter? I lost control a long time ago. About the time, I came to realize that I could not stop this disease from attacking my son’s body over and over again despite chemotherapy, radiation, and a whole lot of prayer. What was the Lord trying to tell me? The land that He is referring to is my promise. The Lord has promised me that my son will live and not die. Those are His Words to me – not mine. I am tired and weary from this battle. Approval seemed like just what the doctor ordered. It would be the Favor of God in our life to receive it. But when it came, it was exciting as one step is after another. We love progress and come from behind wins but it means that someone on that team encouraged the group to “take the land”. You will never receive the Promise of God in your power and strength so that must be exhausted. You will never see the Glory of God in anything that you can create. This Promise of God for your life pleases you. It will completely satisfy your soul. It will bless you. It will increase your faith in God and confident hope will prosper. But understand – the Promise of God for your life is not about you – it is about glorifying God. He earned that right when He saved you by sacrificing His Son to provide everything you need and so much more. You can do nothing to save yourself. I know now that I can do nothing to save our son, but watch and wait for the Promise of God to arrive. It’s not enough to ask God for His Promises. It’s not even enough to step out on faith. You must take the land. He is showing you the Way. Now it is up to you to walk in it, and take your promise from His Outstretched Hand.
Deuteronomy 31:3-6 (NLT)
“But the LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the LORD promised. The LORD will destroy the nations living in the land, just as he destroyed Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites. The LORD will hand over to you the people who live there, and you must deal with them as I have commanded you. So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
The Lord has already gone ahead of you perfecting the details of your life. He knows the best pathway for your life leading to every promise God has reserved for you. He conquered the giants in the land. We seek to have the Kingdom of God in this world that is not of God. It belongs to principalities and darkness. The Lord has gone before us and rendered them powerless against us. Basically, the enemy is a roaring lion with no teeth and declawed. But that doesn’t mean he will not come against us, act ferocious or try to convince us that he can still take us out. The Lord is commanding you today to be strong and courageous not in your ability but the completion of the Cross. We can do nothing apart from Jesus Christ who overcame the world. Fear is the opposite of faith coming from a lack of confidence that there is Power in the Name of Jesus. God said, “Look I already went in and won the war now you go take the prize.” Only by faith are we convinced enough to go into a land full of giants and take it from them. We must proclaim be bold and confident today in God’s Power and that He is with us. “And David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!’” (I Samuel 17:45-47)
The other important thing to remember is that at no point in the acquisition of God’s Promise does He expect us to complete His Work. It is finished. All we have to do is take it. Just like salvation, we can do nothing to earn the Lord’s Promises just believe that His Word is true, His Way is right and His Will is perfect enough to remain faithful to the end. “As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and he said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” (Genesis28:12-15)
Romans 4:16-17 (NLT)
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the Law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
How far are you willing to go to have the Promises of God for your life? I am tell you right now He will take you to the limit of your faith and squeeze a little more out of you each time you decide to have what God has promised. Why? The point of it all is to have more faith. Faith is empower belief. So God offers His Promises in exchange for our faith. Do you have faith in God? How much do you worry? How many other opinions do you seek? When God says it are you willing to wait for it to happen or rush to find a quick relief or an immediate solution? God’s Promise is yours if you do one thing – believe in Him. Abraham believed that God can bring the dead back to life and create new things out of nothing. Do you really believe that today? If so, then why are you afraid to die? I say that only to say that the pursuit of faith is a lifelong endeavor. God offers His Promises to sweeten the pursuit with victory after victory as His Glory is revealed in our life.
Romans 4:20-25 (NLT)
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Abraham never wavered. What a guy? I waver all the time. Not because I want to but my humanity keeps tripping me up. As we focus on developing strong faith, His Promises begin to manifest in our life. But if we try to make God’s Work our job, we fail every single time. This is how we begin to know and understand the sufficiency of His Grace in our own weakness to perform – it is then that His Power is produced from our total faith and belief that He will do what He says that He will do enough to wait and watch for it to come. Usually we must reach the end of ourselves to do such a thing. Abraham lived before Jesus Christ. He did not have the precious privilege of grace that belongs to us. He never wavered in belief. We have no excuse. Jesus completed the Work of the Cross to offer salvation to all mankind. Righteousness allows us to have God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. We must learn to belief. Lord, help our unbelief so we can walk into our promise and take what is ours.
Judges 6:36-40 (NLT)
Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.
Just for the record, wondering is not wavering. A good friend of mine many years ago dispelled the myth that asking God for a sign of confirmation is an act of doubt or disbelief. What a relief. His Way are higher than the way that we do things. His Thoughts are greater than what we think. His Word says that the Lord wants do more than we could even think to ask for. So He is not upset when His Children ask for confirmation. Gideon did not ask once but twice. When he received it, he followed through with the Lord’s Command. The Lord had asked Gideon to go to battle for Him. The man’s life was on the line. He asked – God answered. He will do the same for you. Okay, so maybe once was not enough in this instance either. There was a man named Hezekiah who asked God for confirmation. God answered his request through the prophet Isaiah in 2 Kings 20:8-11. It’s okay to wonder just don’t let it become worry which feeds doubt that will lead to fear and kill your faith.
Psalm 98:1-3 (NLT)
Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! The LORD has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation! He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Jesus Christ walked right into hell and snatched the keys of death and the grave that prohibited you from entering the Kingdom of God right out of the hands of your enemy. The enemy is now powerless in your life. Victory belongs to you. When you decide to believe in Jesus Christ by faith His Promises become your inheritance and right to have. Jesus hands you the keys to the Kingdom which means it is up to you what you will ask for and believe for. Your faith determines your accessibility to His Promises. He does the rest. Righteousness establishes makes them our inheritance which means they belong to you not for what you do but simply because of you are – a Child of the King. His Promises are pure. (Psalm 12:6) They have been thoroughly tested so they are the best thing for you. (Psalm 119:140) His Promises are perfect. That’s why God does not compromise. (Psalm 18:30) God’s Promises are the armor that protects our life as we serve Him. (Psalm 91:1-5) His Promises revive us, restore us and renew us bringing comfort to those who believe. (Psalm 119:81-83) The Promise of God do not only impact today but forever. (Psalm 145:13) His Promises are for forever. (Psalm 146:6) When we refuse God’s Promise and choose not to live by faith or believe in Him, we immediately settle for lesser thing. By turning and walking away, our disobedience keeps us from ever having a complete and whole life of satisfaction and peace as the Lord offers. (Psalm 106:24-25) How long must I wait for His Promise? Until His Grace is sufficient for thee… (Psalm 119:81-83) Believing God can do it is only the beginning, believing He will do it is a step in the right direction, but you must be willing to take the land (promise) out of the enemy’s hand by faith and total trust that it is yours to have thanks to God the Father and Jesus His Son! Be encouraged to take the land today in Jesus Name!
Psalm 119:37-39 (NLT)
Turn my eyes from worthless things and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise made to those who fear you. Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good.