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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Morning by Morning, April 10 - "Taking Possession of the Land"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Holy One, Faithful One, Loving One, Merciful One, make me more like You today. ...
"There remained among the Israelites seven tribes whose inheritance had not yet been apportioned. So Joshua said to the Israelites, 'How long will you be slack about going in and taking possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?" (Joshua 18:3)
Father God, You sent Your people into their promised land to possess it and take dominion over it as their inheritance. You spoke to Joshua to lead Your people into the land You were entrusting to them, saying, "My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. Every place that the sole of your feet will tread upon I have given you, as I promised to Moses" (Joshua 1:2-3).
The journey of Israel speaks to us of our journey. Their sins and failures, their victories and conquests, speak to us as a witness and testimony to assist us in our spiritual journey into our inheritance in You. "These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come" (1 Corinthians 10:11).
So today it seems You are speaking to us, as You spoke to them: "How long will you be slack in going in and taking possession of all I have entrusted to you?"
Lord, show each one of us, both personally and in the communities of relationship You have established in our lives, what is our inheritance in heaven and on earth. Show us where You have strategically positioned us in this season of our lives, with both responsibility and authority, to participate with You in trust and submission to Your will and Your ways to see the fullness of our inheritance established in our lives. Show us who You have called to come alongside us to take the land of our inheritance. Show us the gifts and calling You've given each of us, to fit together in unity among all of us, to grow up "to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).
Let us not hold back in fear or confusion. Let us not be deceived by false humility or self-centered pride. Let us not passively wait for You to do something You've already commanded us to do by the leading and power of Your Spirit abiding within us as the Body of Christ in obedience to our Father. Let us not hesitate too long, even as we patiently wait for Your word to move ahead. Let us be humble to seek You and faithful to follow You.
And let us take comfort in our hearts from the words You spoke to Joshua, our example, as You sent him and Your people to take possession of their inheritance: "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 not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them.... I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:5-9). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray you would know the territory the Lord has set apart for you as your inheritance, to be blessed by God and be a blessing to others, that you would be strong and courageous as you hear and follow the Lord. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
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