What God Has For Me, Is For Me
“Thus, the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
— Joshua 21:43, 45, ESV.
Crossing over was just the beginning. Now, Israel’s mission was to take over and possess the land.
You see, Canaan did not come as “ready-to-live.”
Ready-to-Live? Why writer, what do you mean?
I know I’m getting ready to date myself but here goes.
While I was in high school, my first job was at K-Mart. I worked in the “Ready-to-Wear” Department — a department in which women’s clothing is sold off the rack and worn immediately.
Well, unlike the ready-to-wear clothing at K-Mart, Canaan did not come ready-to-live or habitable land for Israel. Yes, it was described as the land flowing with milk and honey, but settlers had taken up residence on land not promised to them.
The Hittites, Girgashites, and Amorites lived on property not rightfully theirs. They were trespassers. Unknowing to them, Canaan was not their permanent home.
Another way of looking at the situation is to conclude that these trespassers acted as temporary stewards of the land. One might say these nations were occupying and maintaining the territory until Israel arrived; because the ultimate outcome was Israel would have all of what God planned for them.
We’re now five weeks into a new year. So, what’s lying ahead in 2022 for you? What’s waiting for you to possess?
Israel didn’t cross over and wait for the land to fall into their hands. They had to take action in order to get what was theirs.
In this season, we cannot idly sit by and expect the promises of God to drop into our hands. Like Israel, we have to take them by force. However, taking possession by force is not only in the physical sense. It also requires a mental and emotional shift.
We have to know without a shadow of a doubt and believe within our hearts that God is who He says He is — a man who cannot lie, and His words will not return to Him void — all His promises in Him are yes, and in Him amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
My word of inspiration for you today is to be encouraged and be not weary in well-doing. Whatever God promised that has not yet come into fruition is just being stewarded by someone else for such a time as this. The heavens are open, and the appointed time for the manifestation of your promised land is at hand.
That business — your promised land
That house — your promised land
That unsaved loved one — your promised land
That healing — your promised land
That breakthrough — your promised land
That financial miracle — your promised land
It all requires a “hostile takeover” — being intentional, fervent in prayer, and obedient to Holy Spirit.
Know this one thing, the fallout from this pandemic is not your portion.
We’re standing under an open heaven, positioned to receive direct blessings from God.
“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once — and everywhere you look blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people …” (Amos 9:13 – 15, MSG)
Take time this week to reflect upon your promised land — God’s promise to you.
Then expect God to exceed what you could ever imagine.
Join me next week for Coffee on The Couch.