The purpose of leading the Israelites out of Egypt wasn’t just to get them out, it was to get them in. ~ Diane Reid
Yesterday I was tip-toeing around my point, but today I will just jump in.
Much of the history of Israel that is recorded for us in Holy Scripture is there as type and shadow. It is there to teach us, or prepare us for what we are living in now.
I want you to understand friends, that the land of promise is not the sweet bye and bye, but a picture of the Spirit filled life of the believer.
Moreover it is a picture of war!
This is of huge importance dear ones.
God said to Joshua
Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. - Joshua 1:3 NASB
And yet every thing they received from the hand of God, they had to contend for. And not just to get it in the first place, but to hold on to it.
The Philistines were trying to take back what Israel took from them from the day Jericho fell until the day – well – until a day that has not yet arrived.
What are you saying Ben?
I hear Christians talk about the promises of God in a totally different light.
If God wants me to have it, He will give it to me.
I thought I was healed, but I found my self with the same sickness again.
If God wanted me to be rich, He would provide a better job for me.
I am just waiting on God…
I gave this land to your forefathers as a possession forever.
Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." - Acts 2:38-39 NASB
It belongs to YOU. Every step you take into the land of promise is yours.
But you must go in.
You must take it.
You must fight for it (using God’s weapons and strategies – not your own striving)
You must keep it.
You must contend.
You must not relent.
Today beloved, we take a stand.
Today brothers and sisters, we take the land.
Come Holy Spirit!
Thanks for coming by today.
Until then, I remain,
your brother Ben.