Occupy your street

Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’ (Deuteronomy 1:21 NLT)

The closer we get to the promise land the more difficult it appears to be possessed.

Everything will oppose us to make us believe that we got the wrong address and mistaken this to be our promised land. Don’t be discouraged, take heart and move forward. Don’t be afraid.

God already prepared the land for you even before these current occupants moved in. You’re not going to take their land by driving them out, but you’re going to take back your land by driving them out. You must have the sense of ownership and this authority when you fight.

Let’s pay attention to what His Spirit says again –

Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’ (Deuteronomy 1:21 NLT)

Vision is not about us

The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds… “Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben. (Numbers 32:1,2,6 NLT)

When God gives us a vision, He expects us to reach it without any compromise.

More often than not, we settle for less afraid of losing the provisions He gave us; forgetting, if not for the vision we won’t have that provision in the first place.

We are where we are because of the vision. It is not acceptable that we reach ‘almost’ there and settle for less. The most exciting time is yet to come if we pursue all the way!

After all, vision is not about us! Why we settle for something seems suitable just because vision seems to be impossible? We know its far from who we are called to be. Let’s be bold to cross the Jordan and fight the good fight!

You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. Galatians 5:7-8

The promised battles

But listen carefully to everything I command you today. Then I will go ahead of you and drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. (Exodus 34:11 NLT)

When God promise something and He start to move us strategically, one thing that we need to get ready is to face the unfamiliar enemies.

It is very tricky, how can you prepare when you don’t know anything about your enemies?

Every new place has a new battle for us to fight – which we never fought before!

The only way to prepare is to follow the order given by God by being diligent to listen, obey and trust in His leading.

It is very important on how we drive our first enemy! That will set the stage in how we handle the others.

When it comes to entering the promise land, we also have to realize that we are entering the enemies territory controlled by sin, shame, fear, guilt, deception and oppression.

These all has to be defeated beginning from sin, which we can do only by the blood of Jesus!

They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death. Revelation 12:11

Never start from scratch, again

“No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there. For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendent… But under no circumstances are you to take my son there.” (Genesis 24:6-8 NLT)

Abraham wasn’t like any natural father who wants to show his children where he grew up. He was very conscious of the spiritual forces that could steal the faith work that was done and battles that were won all these years in believing and constantly progressing towards the Promise Land.

Abraham clearly saw Isaac as a literal continuation of his life journey with God in the same vision-calling. Not for a moment he thought Isaac should go learn himself the way he learnt in his past, but wants Isaac to start his journey from where he would leave.

This is the path of Abraham’s blessing! Realizing that the trail was blazed, no need to re-discover or re-invent but simply believe the truths that are revealed, and build further and expand the kingdom of God as far as we (Abraham in us) can see – and keep walking forward!

I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— Joshua 1:3