POSSESS WHAT’S YOURS

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“Go into possess the land which the Lord is giving you to possess” – Josh .1:11

God’s spoken word is divine authority. This is the authority Joshua exercised when he passed on the command, by divine authority, to his officers. Nothing can contend with God’s divine authority. When God says it, it is already done. Titus 2:15 says, “Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you (Titus 2:3)

“Prepare provisions yourself” – Joshua 1:11

Just like a Solider equips himself before going for battle, every believer in Christ must be fully equipped with God’s Word. Before engaging in any form of spiritual warfare, you must be loaded with God’s Word. 1 Timothy 4:6 says, “We are to be nourished on the truth of faith.” The Word is what provides supernatural support, strength and zeal. It is God’s Word which provides sustenance for the journey ahead. Joshua and the children of Israel embarked on a Journey, with the assurance of God’s word. Joshua had already been instructed to meditate on The Word, not occasionally, but “day and night.” (Joshua 1:8). To “possess the land”, the Christian Soldier must do the same.

“Possess the land which the Lord is giving you.”

God’s promises are Yes and Amen. “No matter how many promises God has made, they are, “Yes” in Christ (2 Cor.1:20). The believer must respond in faith to the promises of God. Be strong and courageous, you can do all that God has commanded you to do. No believer should be deprived of what God has promised. You can, and must, possess what belongs to you. Amen.

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HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU?

It’s wonderful when God answers prayers with speed…how about speedily obeying HIS commands? Selah

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It was not an easy feat for Joshua to give the officers the commission he received from God (Josh.1:10-11). He reacted to the instruction given him, without delay. How many times do believers in Christ reason and delay for weeks, months and even years without end, the instructions of Almighty God?

To obey, at the Lord’s command, is what brings victory and success (Joshua 1:8). David understood the importance of obedience when he said, “I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:60). Lack of faith, is what often causes a person to disobey God. Have you ever seen a person stand up to do something, but in their heart they are sitting down? “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men,” says Colossians 3:23. Prompt obedience and immediate action is required for the success of whatever God asks His…

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HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU?

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It was not an easy feat for Joshua to give the officers the commission he received from God (Josh.1:10-11). He reacted to the instruction given him, without delay. How many times do believers in Christ reason and delay for weeks, months and even years without end, the instructions of Almighty God?

To obey, at the Lord’s command, is what brings victory and success (Joshua 1:8). David understood the importance of obedience when he said, “I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:60). Lack of faith, is what often causes a person to disobey God. Have you ever seen a person stand up to do something, but in their heart they are sitting down? “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men,” says Colossians 3:23. Prompt obedience and immediate action is required for the success of whatever God asks His children to do.

Do you run swiftly in the path of His commands? Psalm 119:32 says it more clearly, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.”

FAITH and OBEDIENCE

How you respond to the Lord’s command is evidence of your faith. The believer is to trust in God’s ability. He is able! God is able to see you through whatever He requires of you. Joshua was given an impossible task, but the Lord did not leave him on His own to do it. He strengthened Him. He emboldened him with these words: “I will be with you: I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and of good courage” (Josh.1:5,6). The Lord is strengthening you today!

The believer must have faith that God’s Words are true. Do you believe that God has already given you the ability to do what He has asked you to do? With the belief that God’s Words were true, Joshua and the children of Israel entered into their possession. Faith and obedience walk hand in hand. Trust in the Lord with all your heart today! (Prov.3:5). He is alive, He is real.

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BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

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Where did Joshua get the unction and zeal to lead the children of Israel? His boldness and courage came directly from God. Again and again, The Lord encouraged Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”

Joshua was totally dependent on God. He needed this encouragement daily. He did many great things, including toppling Jericho, to get to the promised land, Canaan.

Trust in God
It seemed ludicrous that the walls of Jericho would fall down by marching round them several times. But these were the instructions God gave. Joshua made sure they were followed. He desires “truth in the inward parts”(Psalm 51:6).

We must follow God’s instructions to be successful in any battle, regardless of how ridiculous the instructions seem.

The good fight of Faith
You must fight for what you believe in by living in obedience to God’s Word. Christ has given us the power and grace to submit ourselves to the authority of His Word.

Difficulties and dangers 
Why does God say, “do not be afraid or dismayed”? Because He doesn’t expect you to face these battles on your own. God is in the, “fight to the end.” The battle belongs The Lord.

Anyone who believes in Christ will face many challenges and struggles through out their life time. It is a badge that every believer must wear. The assured thing is that Christ will be present through it all. Learn to trust in Jesus. He will never fail you or abandon you (Deut.31:6).

Therefore, be strong in The Lord and the power of His Might (Eph.6:10). Endure till the end (Matt.24:18). Fight the good fight of Faith (1Tim.6:12).

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JUST LIKE CHRIST!

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Just like Christ, be light on this earth.

Jesus Christ was born to save souls. He gave the commission to all who believe in Him to preach the gospel, to be light, that shines in darkness. Jesus Christ is a blessing to this world and those who believe in Him are a blessing to this world.

If you believe in Christ, you have been risen up to SHINE. This is not to draw attention to your self, but to point the world to the ONE who gives hope, the Saviour of your soul. He is the LIGHT of the world (John 8:12). The believer in Christ is a beacon of light to this evil world. Everything he or she does speaks of Christ glory. His honour and praise shines through the works of their hands, to the honour and praise of HIS HOLY NAME. The beauty and brightness the child of God display comes from the Beautiful One.

There is great honour in serving the Lord. He bestows grace, dignity and honour upon His children, to the point where people see this good work and glorify the Father in Heaven. Great riches are in Christ. You are peculiar and distinct from the world, if you belong to Jesus. Be that spark of light that cannot be missed.

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Every piece is essential

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The repetition:
“Put on the whole Armour of God” ( Eph.6:11) is repeated in Eph6.13. We need to take note of this point. Paul repeated these words on purpose. God has given you the grace you need for this life.

If you are asked to, “take up” or pick up some thing, the implications are that you have put something down. Unawares, many believers put their spiritual armour down. At times, a person may have on spiritual armour but it is loosely fit. With gaping holes in your armour the enemy can attack you.

The spiritual armour of God is not a show piece, it is real. The gaps in ones armour can easily be missed.

Jacob obtained blessings from his father, but he had to unbuckle the “Belt of Truth,” to obtain it, however, with future consequences down the line.

David removed the “Breast Plate of Righteousness,” in the case of Uriah, but the enemy shot back at him later on.

Jonah, refused to put on the “Shoes of Peace,” by refusing to preach in Nineveh, later, he was thrown into the belly of a whale.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, You need to pray for daily grace to close the gaps in your Armour, whatever these gaps maybe. Where a piece of armour has been taken off, you can pray for the grace to put it back on again.

Paul did not hesitate to repeat his words about it and you should not hesitate to repeat prayers about wearing your spiritual armour properly. It must be well secured at every point… satan does not play games and neither should you.
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THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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Where would this world be without the LIGHT? In a very dim and dark condition, is the answer. Darkness covers the earth, but where ever there is even a glimmer of light, it brings hope.

Jesus Christ is the Light of this world. He is the only remedy for the depth of darkness present in humanity. Christ is the only solution for this world. He is the redemption plan, the divine substitute, taking the place for sinners.

Many search for Light in the wrong places. However, Jesus Christ is the only place a person can find light. “In your light we see light.” Psalm 36:9. Christ is like the Sun, the earth cannot revolve without it. Christ is the giver of life, all who follow Him shall never walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12). Choose LIGHT over darkness today.

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No ordinary opposition

Ephesians-6-12The fight is not against ordinary human beings. The fight is spiritual and it is only the supernatural might and power of God that can prevail against such principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in high places. The pillar of God’s power will arise where His power and authority are contested.

satan is a powerful enemy, but the Saints have a more powerful God.

No child of God is excluded from satan’s plans. The image of God reflected in the believer, enrages Hell. Only God’s power can prevail over satan’s grip, control and bondage (Eph. 1:21,22; 3:10). No human strength can ever win such a battle. The Israelites fled the bondage of Egypt, but they had no peace until they reached Canaan.

Christ is “the head of all principality and powers”(Col.2:10). All powers are subject to Him. He has absolute authority. He has stripped the hosts of wickedness of their armoury ( Col.2:15).

satan desires the honour that should be given to Christ alone. He seeks to force men to give him the worship that only belongs to God. Christ has already made a way of escape for His chosen ones.

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COVERING

15284891_10209197269302061_8398895851128491828_nWEARING GOD’S ARMOUR: you stand naked without it.

Those who love The Lord listen when Paul says,

“Put on the whole Armour of God.”

Paul doesn’t stop there. He goes further to give the reason why we are to “put on the whole Armour of God,”

“that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Jesus Christ is the armour we wear, Romans 13:14 says, “put on The Lord Jesus Christ.”

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