“So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:43-45
THREE WORDS MARK THESE DAYS OF JOSHUA – POWER, PRESENCE & POSSESSION. IT WAS BY HIS POWER THEY CONQUERED AND BY HIS PRESENCE THEY WERE LED TO TAKE POSSESSION OF THE LAND HE HAD LONG AGO PROMISED TO THEIR FATHERS. POWER, PRESENCE AND POSSESSION ARE THREE HUGE WORDS IN THE BOOK OF JOSHUA BECAUSE GLORY DAYS COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THEM. NOR WILL THERE BE GLORY DAYS IN 2016 WITHOUT THEM.
I WONDER ARE THESE HUGE WORDS IN YOUR LIFE?
YOU DON’T NEED TO CROSS THE JORDAN BUT YOU SURE NEED TO GET THROUGH A TOUGH WEEK DON’T YOU?
YOU’RE NOT STARING AT THE WALLS OF JERICHO BUT YOU ARE STARING DOWN REJECTION IN A RELATIONSHIP, OR YOU’RE CAUGHT IN A HABIT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO BREAK, A HEARTACHE THAT JUST DOESN’T HEAL OR A SITUATION THAT SEEMS TO BE A DEAD END.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER TO SEE IF YOU ARE BEING CHASED BY CANAANITES BUT YOU ARE BEING CHASED BY DEBT OR DISEASE OR DISCOURAGEMENT OR EVEN DEPRESSION.
MAYBE THERE WAS A DAY YOU COULD LOOK ACROSS YOUR CHALLENGE AND SEE THE PROMISED LAND BUT YOU’VE COME TO A POINT WHERE YOU WONDER IF IT EVEN EXISTS.
YOU’VE GIVEN UP ON GLORY DAYS YOU ARE JUST HOPING TO GET THROUGH YOUR DAYS.
I BELIEVE THE BOOK OF JOSHUA IS IN THE BIBLE FOR PEOPLE IN SITUATION JUST LIKE YOU FIND YOURSELF THIS MORNING! I BELIEVE IT IS THERE TO SERVE AS A REMINDER THAT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW. NO MATTER HOW DISTANT HIS POWER OR HIS PRESENCE OR HIS POSSESSION MAY SEEM TO BE HE STILL OFFERS HIS GLORY DAYS TO YOU! THERE IS POWER, AND PRESENCE AND POSSESSION STILL AVAILABLE TO YOU. HE IS THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES WHO NEVER LOSES HOPE IN YOU.
BELIEVE THIS IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING ELSE I SHARE - GOD HAS A PROMISED LAND FOR YOU TO TAKE! – THAT’S A PROMISE!