POSSESSING THE PROMISE OF GOD – [Part II]

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Numbers 13:1-3; 17-33

            The Promise of God was – “The Land Is Yours.”  The Problem was – “There Were Occupants on the Land.”  Those inhabitants had controlled it for a very long time and did not honor God or His decree and had no intention of giving up the land they occupied.  THAT IS A PROBLEM.  God said, “It is yours” but the inhabitants said, “Over our dead bodies.”

Israel had to strategize and learn to fight enabling them to move into the Place of Promise and attain the Promised Victory. God had given the Promise. The inhabitants refused to honor the Promise and Covenant of God. It was up to Israel to transition into Spiritual Warfare which would be walked out in the natural and Possess the Land. They had to possess it spiritually before they could possess it naturally.  They had to BELIEVE the Promises of God and no matter what their natural eyes saw they had to be willing to act on the Promise as though it were an accomplished reality in the natural.

The Land of Canaan is a specific place but this Promise is far beyond a plot of ground in the Middle East.  That is not to diminish its importance but the Promise is THE WORLD as Romans 4:13 reveals.  This is far beyond land in the Middle East it is the opening to the Promises of God through Christ Jesus and our full victory in this walk of faith.  What took place in the Natural is to instruct us in the Spiritual.  God wants us to Possess the Land or Place of Promise.

It is important that we rehearse some things in Scripture as foundational principles and facts for us to build on. 

  • God gave Adam RULE over the Earth. (Genesis 1:26,28).
  • God repeated that Promise to Noah. (Genesis 9:1-2).
  • God gave man RULE over the Earth. (Psalm 8:6).
  • God’s Kingdom is everlasting and His Dominion endures to all generations. (Psalm 145:3).
  • God Promises to subdue people and nations under our feet. (Psalm 47:3).
  • God has given Authority (Dominion) over all the power of the enemy. (Luke 10:19).

          Those are FACTS!  They are the Promises of God but the devil does not want to honor God’s decree, therefore we have the responsibility to reclaim the land and appropriate the promises enforcing the Victory of Jesus at the Cross.  Therefore, in a very real sense Canaan is, in addition to being a specific place, the Place of Promise, Abundance, and Victory that has to be taken by force.  It is through Spiritual Warfare!!!  The question immediately comes to mind, “How Do We Do That?”  In simplistic terms, we follow the biblical pattern and revelation found in Numbers 13 as our beginning.  God has an order that He operates in.  That does not mean that one thing is more important than another, it simply means order, which keeps focus and eliminates confusion.

GOD’S STRATEGY FOR TAKING OUR PLACE OF PROMISE…

Why is it necessary to have a strategy?  If God decreed it can’t we just go and do whatever we feel needs to be done?  Why should we be concerned with the unseen realm, after all, we live in the natural don’t we?  Let me use a natural illustration that I believe will help.  How do you get rid of thistle bushes or crab grass?  Do you clip it off at the ground or do you go after the roots?  One way you get to repeat the process over and over in a never-ending struggle, the other way you achieve victory.  Which is more effective and efficient?

Likewise, Satan cannot operate unless he has legal ground or unless we are ignorant of our Provisions and Promises in the Lord.  So, we need a strategy that allows us to investigate and find out if there is “legal ground”.  If there is we must tear out the root of that authority.  We need to discover the history and see how the fruit and roots came into being and how they operate.  We need to renounce any wrong covenants we may have made and in repentance return to the Lord receiving the Blood Covering.

We commit ourselves fully and completely to the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to transform us.  We take God’s Promises to heart and see them as realities in the natural as well as in the Spiritual Realm.  We then determine that we will not be deterred from the Place of Promise and learn to use the weapons of warfare that are mighty through God to the pulling down strongholds.  We HEAR the Promise.  We then SEE the Promise.  Then we POSSESS the Promise.

God, bless you as you move onto your Place of Promise in God!

 

POSSESSING THE PROMISE(s) OF GOD…

Spiritual Blog - Promises

Numbers 13:1-3; 17-33

I believe that the Spirit of the Lord would have me take a Historic Life Experience from the pages of the Old Testament and communicate a Spiritual Principle from the New Testament.  Hopefully, we can accomplish this with clarity and brevity.  In Romans 15:4 we read, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction…”  Then in 1 Corinthians 10:6,11 we find, “These things happened to them as an example for us, and they were written for our instruction…”  In a very real sense, they were stamped as a model or a scar permanently in them and God used them to transform the minds and helped them keep those things written in the forefronts of their minds as a testimony and encouragement.  I am confident that the Holy Spirit will communicate this to us so we will be enlightened and thereby drawn into that which the Spirit of God is SAYING and DOING in this very hour.

As we examine the record we find that in fulfilling His Covenant to Abraham God made some incredible promises.  In Genesis 12:7 He said, “to your descendants (seed) I will give this land. In Galatians 3:7 we discover, “They which are of faith, they are the children of Abraham.”  In verse 16 of that same chapter we read, “To Abraham and his seed were the promises made.”  Seed, not seeds which point to Christ Jesus our Lord.  Then in verses 17-18, we are told, “The Covenant, that was confirmed before the Law, which was 430 years after cannot disannul, that it should make the Promise of none effect.  For if the inheritance [be] of the Law, [it is] no more promise; but God gave it to Abraham by Promise.”  Then in verses 27-29, we find, “For as many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you [be] Christ’s then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the Promise.”  That is incredible and in this, we discover God’s instructions to Moses for Possessing the Land or the Place of Promise.  In Numbers 13:1-2, God instructed Moses – “Go Get Information.”

I shared that once and had a person say, “That’s foolish and unnecessary because God already knows.”  But, we discover that the order God used has been used by military strategist for generations.  In simplicity it is, KNOW THE ENEMY.  It is important that we Discern the Gates of the City in order to take the City.  Then in verse 3, we see Moses obeying the directive of God and sent out chosen men to spy out the land.  In verses, 17-20 Moses gave some specific and detailed instructions and there were four keys in his charge:  The Land, the People, the Cities, and the Fruit or Produce of the land.  I have learned in my years of service that God NEVER sends out an uninformed army.  He ALWAYS equips and prepares for battle and we must never forget that His ways are not man’s ways.

Moses sent them out and instructed them to bring back a SINGLE REPORT (v. 25) with regard to the goodness and fruitfulness of the land.  However, as the record indicates they came back with two minds, not one.  One group (10) could only see the NATURAL, whereas the other group (2) could see into the UNSEEN.  They all agreed the Land (fruit) was good but the ten saw the inhabitants as impossible obstacles and the cities too fortified.  They were defeated in their minds and would have been defeated in battle.  The Bible continually teaches that this is exactly where the battle is waged and won or lost.  If we see with God’s eyes we overcome but if we see with the eyes of flesh we are overcome.

I remind you of the account in 2 Kings 6 where Elisha (the double portion prophet) thwarts the efforts of the entire Syrian Army by his ability to SEE and HEAR in the UNSEEN REALM. The Syrian Army came to Dothan to take Elisha captive.  His servant woke up and saw the massive army and ran fearfully to the man of God crying, “WHAT DO WE DO?”  This was more than a question it was a plea of desperation and defeat.  He came to the prophet in despair.  Elisha then prayed a powerful prayer that should be revealing to each of us.  He prayed, “Lord, open his eyes that he may see.”  But, Elisha he could see the Syrian Army.  No, No, No, Elisha is praying that God open his eyes that he could see into the realm of the UNSEEN.  The servant wasn’t blind in the natural but he could not see into the realm of the Supernatural.  Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-18, “that you have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation and the eyes of your understanding enlightened.” 

It is critical if we are going to Possess the Promise(s) that we develop Eyes to see into the Unseen and Ears to hear beyond the natural.  I want to deal with this more deeply but will pause for now and pick up here next time.

God, bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!