Thursday, October 1, 2015

Taking Over.

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them” (Deuteronomy 1:6-8, NIV).

"You have stayed long enough at this mountain..." They had been in the desert of their wandering for 40 years. They had doubted God, fought God, complained at God, and had attempted to rebel against both their leaders AND God. Therefore God allowed them to stay in the desert so as to learn from their mistakes and not to believe that their methods had helped them to get there. But now they had learned what they needed to know. God had disciplined them, He had not punished them. His heart's intention was for them to get to where He had promised them, but it would be on HIS terms, and not by their own hand or mind. This, now, was God's way of letting them see that restoration was at hand. Their time in the desert and then on the mountain had been a result of seperation (from His immediate blessing), preparation (for what He had promised them), and restoration (connecting them to original intent). God is not mad at you. He loves you more than you will ever be able to fathom or understand this side of Heaven. There will be times, however, when He will slow you down or even stop you dead in your tracks from reaching what He has for you. He loves you too much to let you receive His blessings on your terms. Embrace the desert seasons of your life. Let God use the times of separation for preparation for restoration.

"Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites..." It was time to go. Their time in the desert and on the mountain had become their launching pad into the hill country of the very ones that had become the "poster-child" of intimidation from decades past. The Amorites were seen as giants, fierce, and mighty, and were the roadblocks that stood in the way to where God had called them. God didn't instruct them to sneak, to creep, or to crawl, but He did call them to advance. There will be opportunities that God calls you to that is going to require you to step out in faith IN THE DIRECTION of that whih intimidates you. Do not fear. Have faith. Take ownership of the opportunity. Stare intimidation in the face with the grace and strength you receive from God. The time for waiting and preparing is over. It is time to advance. It is time to do what needs to be done to receive what God has destined for you. No more excuses. The giants are big, but your God is bigger!

"See this land I have given you..." God was reminding them that His promises had not become lost in the 40 years of wandering in the desert. God is not bound by the time which is a creation of His own hand. He used that time to bring them closer to HIMSELF before bringing them closer to the promise. But here they were. God showed them the land. It was still there. It was also still theirs. He reminded them that He had given it to them. There was nothing that could stand in the way of their receiving the inheritance that had always been purposed for them, EXCEPT FOR THEM. By their doubt, they could miss it completely. By giving into fear over faith, they could bypass the best that God had laid up for them and for generations to come. It was theirs. All they had to do was to trust Him, see what He saw, and receive it in their hearts. If you don't receive what God has for you in your heart, by faith, you will never receive it in your hand, by fact. Look at what God has promised you. Trust Him completely. See it as He sees it. Yours. Let your life, your words, actions, thoughts, and attitudes reflect the faith that reads, "This is mine and I will have it, because God has promised it to me."

"Go in and take possession of the land..." He was bringing them close, not that they could sit, dream, and wonder, but so that they could go in and take ownership of what was theirs. This had been God's promise to them. Since God is sovereign, and God knew before time began what would be theirs, this land had ALWAYS been theirs. It was time to go in and take back what had been inhabited by those that were never intended to be there. To go in and take possession was going to be a matter of war. It was going to take a fight. Those that were there, the Amorites, had decided because no one had claimed the land, it would be theirs, and they would use fear and intimidation to keep out anyone who dared to think otherwise. God had told them that this was the land HE had given them, which meant He was there with them, and would equip them with everything necessary to go in and take what was theirs. What about for you? You're not going to receive the breakthroughs or the answers to prayer you want by sitting by wishing, hoping, and praying faithless prayers. Whatever is rightly yours, given to you by God, but has been invaded and taken over by the enemy, is going to take a FIGHT to get it back. Are you afraid of the fight. Do you have faith to believe that you can achieve EVERYTHING that God has said is yours? It's time to fight, not with the weapons that have become culturally acceptable and justified. The warfare in which you will engage in is on a completely higher level, to the pulling down of every stronghold that even tries to separate you from ALL that God has promised and destined for you. It's time to fight! It's time to believe! It's time to pray! It's time to go in with the battlecry of PRAISE and TAKE ALL that God has for you! The devil can't have your peace. The devil can't have your marriage. It's time to take back the control he has had over your finances, your family, and your faith. Take it back! It's yours! Go in and take possession of the land!!