Proverbs 4:20-27 – “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” NKJV
The wise man of Proverbs 4 continues under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to give some incredibly practical and beneficial guidance on how we can follow Him into the place that God desires each of us to achieve. He gives some powerful instruction in verses 23-27 and I pray you will give them consideration.
In Psalm 91 we find a picture of the Place of Victory that God desires each of His children to enjoy and live. Jesus has come that we might have life more abundantly. He came to redeem us from the curse of the law and bring us into a place of complete and full victory. He has come to cause us to always triumph in Him. It is my conviction that God intends for all of His children to enjoy all of His provisions. He is not glorified when we fail to come into our full inheritance in Christ. The problem is that too often we fail to understand that there is more to our inheritance and heritage than we now have and as a result, we do not look for or yearn for more. That results in many living beneath the place of promise and privilege God desires. I pray that blindness is broken in all lives today.
If you will recall, from Scripture, when God had used Moses to bring Israel to the place where they could enter into the Promised Land and take possession of their inheritance, Moses gave each tribe a prophecy. I always remind people that in order to take possession they had to first dispossess the inhabitants living on their land. Jesus has purchased for us a Full Inheritance, but for us to enjoy that reality we must move in and through the Holy Spirit and dispossess the squatters on our inheritance. There were twelve parcels and twelve prophecies. The number twelve represents completeness. Therefore, we need to consider what the prophecies were to the twelve tribes and realize that those promises are part and parcel of our inheritance in Jesus. Hold in your mind that it is always “first the natural and then the spiritual.” As we look at the natural we can glean spiritual truth and move into our spiritual inheritance in God.
I want to rehearse these prophecies in a very concise and compact form and hope that as we consider them we can evaluate whether or not we are enjoying our full spiritual inheritance in the here and now. If we are we can rejoice greatly and reach out to others helping them to move into their inheritance. If we are not we are made aware of our need to fall on our faces in repentance and open our eyes to God’s Promises and the Possibilities He has for us. We can then begin the process of dispossessing so that we can possess.
Consider the Prophecies which are found in Deuteronomy 33:
RUBEN – (v.6) the promise was LIFE with many heirs.
JUDA – (v.7) the promise was SUFFICIENCY.
BENJAMIN – (v.12) the promise was PROTECTION and DELIVERANCE.
JOSEPH – (vv.13-17) the promise was the PRESENCE OF GOD, BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, and SPIRITUAL GIFTS. Verse 17 refers to his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.
EPHRIAM – (v.17) the promise was GLORY.
MANASSEH – (V.17) the promise was GLORY.
ZEBULUN – (v.18) the promise was JOY.
ISSACHAR – (vv.18-19) the promise was PROSPERITY.
GAD – (vv.20-21) the promise was INCREASE.
DAN – (v.22) the promise was AUTHORITY.
NAPHTALI – (v.23) the promise was SATISFACTION.
ASHER – (vv.23-24) the promise was ANOINTING – “Oil”.
Just as with Israel there was an enemy sitting on and attempt to prevent each of those tribes from moving into and possessing their Promise and realizing the fulfillment of the Prophetic Inheritance. Those enemies had to be driven out and we also have to move the enemy off of our inheritance and Possess the Promise.
Consider Deuteronomy 33:26-27 where we realize that God Himself is not only willing to help but comes with all of His power and might to enable us to Possess the Promise! Thus, the question, “Are we enjoying our inheritance and if now what must we do to Possess the Promise?” You can be more than you are now experiencing because God has made you the Complete in Him. If the enemy is camping on our Place of Promise I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to come and empower you to evict the squatter.
God, bless you richly is my desire and prayer!