Even though God gives you something, even though the promise of the scripture is clear, you must still appropriate it by faith, you have to take it. All the promises of God, IN HIM, are yes and amen.(2 Corinthians 1:20 ) They are available to those with courage enough to take them. Courage enough to take God at His word and stand on His promises in the face of what may seem great adversity.
Remember that God gave Israel the promise land, but THEY still had to take it? And you don’t find any prophecy about them wandering in the wilderness forty years either. They just refused to take what was rightfully theirs and continued to walk around in circles in a dry land for THE REST OF THEIR LIFE! Is that what you want to do? After they wandered around for 40 years, God gave Joshua a command to have courage and reminded him of it several times.
Deuteronomy 31:23 ~ And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.
We know from scripture that Joshua DID have courage and lead Israel into the promised land, but just like the previous generation, he had the option to NOT believe, to NOT have courage, to NOT fight for what God had promised. He could have entertained doubt and unbelief and complained about how hard it was to serve God just like the previous generation did … and he could have died without seeing the promise of God just like they did. So what was different about Joshua? I believe that he killed the biggest giants before he ever went to the promised land.
I am convinced that the biggest giants that we will face are the giants of DOUBT AND UNBELIEF.
Are you wandering around complaining about your circumstances or are you taking what is rightfully yours? Do you lack the courage to stand on God’s word and appropriate what He has provided? Are you being beat up by the giants of doubt and unbelief? Take courage! Feed your spirit and strengthen your faith on God’s word. Look at the instruction that was given to Joshua after Moses died and he was passed the torch of leadership for Israel. This is the recipe for courage and faith. This is what is needed to obtain the promises of God and enjoy, what is rightfully, your inheritance.
Joshua 1:8 ~ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Faith in God comes by hearing His word. The most powerful way you can hear it is by SPEAKING IT YOURSELF. Daily meditation, and exposure to God’s word is essential if you are going to overcome the giants of doubt and unbelief and walk in your promise land.
Jesus taught us to pray for DAILY BREAD – Matthew 6:11
Israel was told to gather MANNA DAILY – Exodus 16
Without this daily intake of God’s word , and walking in the Word we know, we forget who we are and what we have in Christ. We loose the strength and courage needed to walk in the promised land.
James 1:23-25 ~ 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
If God had something to say to you specifically, wouldn’t you want to know what it was? Wouldn’t you be curious? Do you think that if He personally spoke to you that you would be able to believe what He said and NOT doubt? I think that most Christians don’t realize that the bible is GOD SPEAKING TO US. The answer to every problem can be found in His word. The strength and courage needed to kill the giants of doubt and unbelief are found there. Don’t approach the bible as just a book or even a holy scripture, but read it for the purpose of knowing Him, approach it as if God is getting ready to speak to you, …because He is.