When you look into the promises God has given you and the places God has called you to walk into, you may look to find the land filled with armies of giants living there. When the spies were sent out to search the Promised Land, they came back with reports of “they are stronger than we are”, “a land that devours its inhabitants” and “all the people that we saw in it are of great height”. When they looked inward they said “and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them” (Numbers 13:31-33).
When you look your dreams and promises in the face, you may see the height and depth of impossibilities. And after seeing that and looking inward you may see the smallness of your own self and your abilities.
But you were never meant to achieve those promises and walk into your Promised Land on your own. You were never meant to take hold of those things in your own strength.
When the Israelites were camped on the edge of the river Jordan after walking in the wilderness for 40 years, and the Promised Land could be seen on the other side of the river, within their grasp, we read the following:
And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.” Joshua 3:10-11
He goes before you. He clears the way. He separated the waters of the Jordan so His people could walk into the land of their inheritance with dry feet. As they stepped into their Promised Land they were stood in the midst of a miracle.
The Israelites knew who currently lived in the land they were commanded to possess. It had been given to them as their inheritance since the promise to Abraham (Genesis 15: 18-21).The Lord instructed them to drive out the inhabitants.
It’s easy to think of inheritance and something easily received. Your name is written in a will and you receive that which is promised with no fighting and no battle. It is yours according to that will. Although the Israelites knew of the Promised Land and knew it was their inheritance as God’s people, they were facing a battle with an army of giants.
As the people of God, there are lands for us to possess. There are promises of God that have been proclaimed over us that we have to take hold of. But this inheritance is not as simple as it may seem, because there are giants in the land. The enemy is in the land of our inheritance and there must be a battle to take hold of it.
God has already won the war and we stand in His victory. He has declared our inheritance and it is ours to take. But there is a battle to take it and a battle to keep it. The enemy seeks to take residence in the lands of your inheritance and steal it from your hands.
If you are standing on the edge and looking into the things that God has called you to do, or the areas that God has called you to move into and the ground He has called you to take, then you need to know that you are standing in the midst of a miracle and God is before you.
God has brought you to this point, if you look back you will see a journey of freedom from slavery. He has brought you across mighty rushing rivers into the embrace of the Father, and now He is showing you the land you are called to possess. In a world where the enemy is a prowling lion (1 Peter 5:8), and there are giants in residence, you are to drive out the enemies in the places where you are called to shine. You are called to be a light and the darkness cannot overcome it (John 1:5).
What is the land you are looking at? What are the promises that God has spoken over your life?
Where are you currently seeing giants and enemies that seek to bring fear and cause you to run in the other direction?
Know what God has called you to and the land He has given to you. It is your inheritance! Drive out the enemies and possess the land. Do not fear.
“Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” Joshua 1:2-3