Possess Your Promised Land
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you …. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”
─ Joshua 1:3, 5 NLT
As followers of Christ, it can often feel like we live our lives in a constant battle to possess our own promised land. The Word of God is filled with precious promises, and we must take hold of each one by faith. The promised land can be many different things. It is as individual as the person seeking it. For some it is health; another it is security. Still others desire relationship with God and peace within their family. Some pursue a dream they believe God has promised them. And ultimately we seek to please Christ, that too can be our promised land.
In Joshua 1, the chapter in which our verse for today is taken, God tells Joshua, that Moses is dead. Joshua is the new leader of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, who stand just outside the promised land. They’ve waited 40 years with the promised land in sight.
And God confirms in Joshua in our verse today that the vision and mission hasn’t changed. The promised land still belonged to God’s people. God said to Joshua:
- The promise I made to Moses now belongs to you.
- Wherever you step, that land belongs to you.
- No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live.
- I will be with you just like I was with Moses.
- I will not fail you.
- I won’t abandon you.
His purpose – for His chosen people to possess the land – hasn’t changed.
Even today, God hasn’t changed. His purpose is the same. You are His child! And He desires for you to possess the promises of His Word.
What is your promised land? Hold fast to the promise God has given you!
Today’s One Thing
Three things you can do today to exercise your faith toward possessing what God has promised you:
- Locate your promise in the Bible and write it out. What does God’s Word say about what you are trusting Him for?
- Receive the promise in your heart and trust God to do what He has promised.
- Refuse to doubt. When thoughts come to you causing disbelief, remind yourself of God’s promise by reading the scripture (see #1 above).