Are You Ready To Enter Your Promised Land?

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After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:1-3 (NKJV)

“And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.” Joshua 6:21 (NKJV)

Joshua and Caleb were two of the scouts sent by Moses to spy on the Promised Land. The other scouts on the mission came back with a negative report, and put fear into the hearts of God’s people.  Caleb and Joshua were the only two spies who had faith that God would keep His promise to give Israel victory, even over giants! Their faith is what granted them entrance into the lands promised by God.

After Moses died, the mantle of leadership was passed to Joshua. The book of Joshua is all about “entering in” and claiming that which God has promised.  It is also about obedience and faith.

After crossing the Jordan River, Joshua spent 45 years leading the people of Israel in battle. They found victory over their enemies thanks to the power of God. One soldier of Israel was equal to 1,000 soldiers from the other side. Israel was mighty in battle because God was fighting for them.

Although Joshua was a great leader, he too had to learn some hard and costly lessons. One lesson he learned stressed the importance of rooting out any sin in his camp. In life, our actions and sins affect others. There is a ripple affect. Achan’s decision to steal from God, by taking some of the booty from Jericho, cost him not only his life but also the lives of his family.  Joshua rooted out the evil and destroyed it completely.

Besides actively entering into the promises of God, there is another theme found in the book of Joshua. It is repeated over and over. Not only are we to follow the instructions of God, but also we are to follow His directions completely. God had reasons for telling the Israelites to utterly destroy nations ….. Including women and children. He knew that by intermarrying with other nations who worshipped idols, the people of Israel (see Judges) would fall into compromise and sin. 

Has God made you promises in which your future requires bold steps of faith?  Has He asked you to enter into unknown lands filled with giants?  Are you quaking in your boots and refusing to trust Him with the battles that await you? Or, are you like Caleb and Joshua, ready to enter into the promises of God?

Before you can receive the true power of God and His promised victories, you must examine your heart. Root out any sin that will hinder your progress into the lands He has prepared for you. Acknowledge any idols and compromise in your life and completely destroy them. Then, once this is done, pray.  Actively listen to His instructions and then step out in faith knowing He is able to do the impossible.

By stepping into your promised land, you will probably have to face many trials.  You may need to battle giants. Giants come in many directions and shapes, so you need to be dressed in your spiritual armor and have God by your side.

Sorrows and loss are gigantic giants. However, whatever you are asked to leave behind will be nothing compared to the glory soon to be revealed in your future. God told Joshua to be brave and very courageous.  He told him not to fear.  Trusting God with your battles will enable you to fight boldly and with confidence.

Finally, be sure you give God His due.  Never take from His treasury.  Always give Him the glory and praise for your victories, for He is the One who provided them.  Taking credit for things God has accomplished through you is like Achan stealing the spoils and treasures of God. They never belonged to him and they will never belong to you.  Humility, obedience, and faith will carry you far into your personal promised lands. Be brave and courageous and step forward to claim your prize! 

“But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” Joshua 6:19 (NKJV)

“But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel.” Joshua 7:1 (NKJV)