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)

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Promise unaltered!

“You said your children would be carried off as plunder. Well, I will bring them safely into the land, and they will enjoy what you have despised.”(Numbers 14:31 NLT)

Israelites wanted the best for their children, but other than slavery nothing Egypt had to offer. They cried out to God because of the cruelty, and it was unthinkable that their children would go thru’ the same if not worst.

God heard the cry and delivered them from slavery miraculously, not just because of His mercy but because of His promise to Abraham!

All the complaints of those “in between” generation didn’t altered God’s promise made to Abraham. The fulfillment of the hope and the promise was for everyone who believed! Those who believed entered and possessed that promise land!

Today, God’s promise to us – the children of Abraham has not changed irrespective of our “in between” generations. If we chose to believe, we has the same hope and promise, and we will enjoy what others has despised!

Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. Romans 4:13

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:1-2

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

Look forward and move on

It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left. Hebrew 11:22

God given success in the world doesn’t mean we belong to the world, but to influence the world to the eternal Kingdom of God. Such success was the life of Joseph!

Joseph knew he wasn’t raised by God in power to make Israelites a permanent residents with equal rights in Egypt but to urge them to leave to the promise land when God’s time comes and never settle for less (Egypt).

Your success is in looking forward, never settle down – move on.

The United Nation

Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation.
Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation. Isaiah 51:2

Beginning of Abraham was entirely different from the beginning of Adam or Noah!

In case of Adam and in Noah, God blessed them to multiply.

Blessing on Adam: Gen 1:28

Blessing on Noah: Genesis 9:1-2, 7

But Abraham was not just blessed but was promised with a blessing of multiplication by God!

God wanted a race of people from every nation for Himself that believes in the finished work of The Cross of Jesus Christ, His Son.

For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelations 5:9

Man was able to be blessed by God but wasn’t able to retain it, as he fell short (don’t have what it takes) of God’s glory due to his sinful nature. So, Adam’s blessing and Noah’s blessing had fade away.

Then, God called Abraham and blessed him with this promise – Genesis 12:1-3

More importantly God made this promise to Abraham so the blessing will be retained forever – Genesis 22:16-18 right after testing the faith of Abraham and showing His provision to save His generation, which is you and me who believes in this Good News and has become a Nation for God!

Join this race today, it has been promised to prevail!

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 1 John 5:4

Promise Keeper

The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. Galatians 4:23

When God make a promise, it is impossible for the human ability both at the time it was received and at the time it got fulfilled.

Every time we attempt to get ‘closer’ to what God promised we had only damaged ourself one more time and still stay incapable of getting/becoming what He promised.

The only way to get closer to God’s promise is to get closer and closer to Him – learn how sufficient and faithful He is and refuse to act foolish in self.

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. Romans 4:20-21

Remember the promise, don’t give up

If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. Romans 4:14

Without a doubt, God’s promises are the very reason that keeps us going.

God’s promises are not comparable to a man’s promise. No matter what the man says, his promises are conditional, subject to change, and he has the option to forget it or neglect you.

Thanks to God’s word that it speaks the truth which we won’t know otherwise! What a relief to know that God’s promises are for those who believe/faith, and not for those who met such and such qualifications (keeping the laws).

God is Almighty, He is enough and all sufficient to fulfill what He promised.

Faith is the key, but it would be ridiculous to believe that more of our faith is going to give God more power or put a pressure upon Him to fulfill the promise soon.

The faith rather is needed for our sake to wait upon God for His time to come, trust in His ways that He take us and to deny what we see and hear before the time of fulfillment!

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. Romans 4:20-21

Believe in His promises, don’t give up and please keep the faith. His time is near! You’re loved.