Stake your Claim!

The people of Israel, after being led out of Egypt by Moses have been wandering in the desert for 40 years! In this passage we find them camped next to the Jordan River. They are so close to having what God has promised them 4 decades earlier, a land flowing with "milk and honey". Joshua their new leader is preparing them to take the land that God has promised them.

Joshua 1:1-5

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

There are some amazing truths here!

To receive what God has planned for us we must:

1. Begin the Journey! Joshua 1:1-2

This means that we must get ready! Be prepared for the task at hand. To move on we must let go of the past!. It's time to move on.

The greatest hindrance to experiencing the richness of God in your life is your reluctance to let go of yesterday. Sooner or later, you've got to let go of the past if you want to stop wandering and cross into the future that God has planned for you.

2. Stake your claim! Joshua 1:3

God has promised to give you every place that you set your foot.

I believe that God wants you to have victory in every area of your life. Don't be afraid to step into all that He has promised you! Review all of the areas of your life and decide to believe God wants to give you more than you can imagine in ministry, school, work, relationships, health and home.

What do I mean by stake your claim? 
Believe that what God has said is true and then live it! Live like you believe it!

for example:
  • when you open the fridge you expect it to be cold.
  • when you turn the key in the car you expect it to start.
  • when you turn on a a light-switch you expect it to turn on.
When we live what we believe we take action because we expect that God's promises are true!

3. Focus on His promises! Joshua 1:5
Just as He was with Moses and Joshua, He will be with you!
I know of no greater promise than this! It is repeated throughout scripture.

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20

Remember that God has plans for you. Plans for a hope and a future.  Our part in this is to let go of the past, stake a claim in every area of our life and then to focus on His promises.

Go ahead, step into the water!


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