Take Possession

“And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us”” ‭‭(Joshua‬ ‭2:24‬).

The Amalekites were the nation that encamped near Canaan and brought the first challenge against Israel as they neared the promised land. Moses told Aaron to choose men who could fight, while he stood at the top of the hill with the staff of God in his hand. (Exodus 17:8-16) The Israelites defeated the Amalekites and continued their journey into promise. When Moses shared with his father-in-law the victory he had over the Amalekites and how God has delivered them from Egypt, his father-in-law said. “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods; for in the very thing in which they behaved proudly, He was above them” (Exodus 18:11).

God had an inheritance for the children of Israel, which had been entrusted by God to Abraham for his descendants. After the Israelites were freed from slavery, Moses led them towards the promised land until he died and Joshua took over leading the people. The people mourned for several days after Moses died and then God commanded Joshua to move forward with the people to take possession of the land. “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel” (Joshua 1:2). God also reminded Joshua what he had promised 40 years earlier, when he and Caleb brought back a good report after spying out the land. “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses” (Joshua 1:3).

The enemy has been sitting on, standing on and occupying positions that belong to the children of God. God is not slack concerning his promises and there are things that God has promised us that he needs us to go forward and take possession of. Hold fast to your faith, use the word to decree what shall be established and fight for that territory on your knees. What God has said will come to pass so do not settle for less than what God has promised. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you”
‭‭(Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬).


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