Lately I have been studying the Old Testament. This past weekend I found myself in the book of Joshua.
This was a time when Moses had died and Joshua was in charge of taking the children of Israel into the Promised Land. The land God had already said was theirs.
As I read, it seemed to be battle after battle after battle. I stopped and said ‘Lord, this is all battles!’ He said ‘so it is.’
God had given them the land, it was theirs for the taking, however they weren’t able to just move in – they had to take it. Each new city was a battle to attain that city. And attain they did. There was not one time that God said ‘go in and take it, it’s yours!’ that they didn’t possess the land.
So it is with us today. Jesus came and destroyed all the works of the devil. The Bible tells us so. Because of Jesus, we also have a promised land.
In that land is healing. In that land is deliverance. In that land is prosperity. In that land is soundness of mind. There is peace in that land. There is restoration in that land. There is resurrection in that land. Benefit after benefit belongs to us in that land. It is ours for the taking – God has said so. The rest is up to us.
Some believe if God meant for us to have healing, He would heal us…to that I say ‘HE DID!’ Some say ‘if God meant for us to be prosperous, He would give us wealth…to that I say ‘HE ALREADY DID!’
Our Promised Land is here for the taking…will we take it? Or will we do like the generation that didn’t enter into the promised land and declare ‘the giants are too big, it is too hard, God is letting us starve here, God is going to let us go under, why did God bring us this way?!?!’
They did not enter, frankly, they didn’t even make it to the book of Joshua, because they murmured and complained against God on a daily basis. And they complained against the man of God that God had placed over them. For these reasons, they never received what God had promised them even though it WAS INDEED a promise from God.
This truth alone reminds me that even if God does give me a word, if I don’t do my part, I will never see it come to pass AND it isn’t God who didn’t fulfill it, it is me who has let it slip away.
The Bible says ‘without a vision, the people perish.’ One translation says without a vision, the people let go. I refuse to let go.
I said all that to say this; friends, healing is yours. As sure as those cities belonged to the children of Israel, it is yours for the taking…will you take it? Just as God empowered them to take the cities, He has empowered you to take your healing.
Prosperity is yours…will you take it? Restoration is yours…what are you going to do about it?
Peace and soundness of mind are yours, will you lay hold of it?
God has done His part, victory is yours for the taking…will you take it?