Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What's Your Territory to Possess?
When the Children of Israel looked out to see the land the LORD was giving them, they were amazed, and maybe still a little fearful of what that possession might mean. But they had to understand that it would not be gained in their power. They had to be strong and courageous in God's strength, not their own.
And this is also applicable to us. We do not obtain success in our own strength or by our own accomplishments or strength.But we also need to take the steps to gain that possession of our success.
In Joshua 1: 3 God tells them: "I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses."
God's encouraging Joshua to possess this Promise that was originally made to Abraham. He's being warm and tender as He tells him where this land He wants them to possess is. God also can lay out the borders of the territory He wants you to cover--if we are listening to Him.
Further on in Joshua 1: 5 He encourages, "No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you or forsake you."
And He doesn't stop there.
Joshua 1:6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7: "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."
Being "strong and courageous" is repeated three times and we know that when God does this, it is extremely important. (vs. 6,7, 9)
Applying this to your own purpose note these things:
1. You do not achieve success (God's success might look different than the world's version of success!) in your own power. It's by God's strength alone.
2. Be strong and courageous. Do the tough things and possess that territory that God is giving you! But I caution you that you only need to be courageous and stay in God's will--then it will be easy.
3. Accept God's encouragement and rest in it. We all need encouragement. We all need to be wrapped in God's promises.
4. God never leaves you. You can shut Him out or push Him back but He doesn't leave you. So be comforted by that, embrace Him in your life, and wherever He has placed you or led you.
5. Do the work. Take the steps you need to in order to possess the Promised Land.
Are you tripping yourself up on any of this as you seek to possess the territory that God has given you? You don't have to share the specific flaws, but if you can give encouragement to us, please let us know what helps you to move on and never give up.