Possessing the Land

POSSESSING THE LAND

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. 1.            INTRODUCTIONIN Gen 15:16 GOD TOLD ABRAHAM THAT ISRAEL WOULD RETURN FROM EGYPT TO THE LAND THAT GOD HAD GIVEN HIM. AFTER FORTY LONG YEARS OF WANDERING IN THE DESERT.  GOD COMMANDED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO GO IN AND POSSESS THE LAND.  ONLY JOSHUA AND CALEB REMAINED OF THE GENERATION THAT HAD LEFT EGYPT.  GOD HAD MADE GOOD ON HIS PROMISE THAT BECAUSE OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE AND LACK OF FAITH IN HIM THAT THEY WOULD NOT POSSESS THE LAND.  GOD CHOSE JOSHUA TO SUCCEED MOSES AS THE LEADER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.  HE WAS A SERVANT LEADER NEVER DRAWING ATTENTION TO HIMSELF.  THE NAME JOSHUA MEANS “JEHOVAH SAVES” OR “GOD SAVES”.  THE GREEK WORD FOR JOSHUA IS JESUS.  JOSHUA IS AN OLD TESTAMENT TYPE OF JESUS.  THERE IS NOTHING NEGATIVE WRITTEN ABOUT HIM IN SCRIPTURE.  HE WAS LOYAL TO MOSES AND WAS FAITHFUL TO GOD THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.  HE WAS A MAN OF DAUNTLESS COURAGE AND INDOMITABLE PERSEVERANCE. WHEN ISRAEL NEEDED A MILITARY LEADER JOSHUA WAS COMMISSIONED AS THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF ISRAEL’S ARMIES. (EX. 17:8 – 9).   LAST BUT NOT LEAST HE WAS CHOSEN BY GOD TO STAND BEFORE THE PEOPLE (NUM 27:16 – 21) AND TO LEAD ISRAEL INTO THE PROMISED LAND.  THE LAND FOR ISRAEL WAS A PHYSICAL LAND, BUT IT REPRESENTED A SPIRITUAL HERITAGE THE HAD BEGUN WITH ABRAHAM, GOD’S FRIEND.  GOD STILL HAS A “LAND” FOR HIS PEOPLE POSSES TODAY. 0UR DESTINY AND THE DESTINY OF OUR FAMILIES AND OUR CHILDREN.  JESUS IS OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND THERE IS TERRITORY TO CONQUEROR AND STRONGHOLDS TO BE DEMOLISHED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.  (JOSHUA 1:1 –11 NKJV) 
  2. GOD HAS A PLAN THAT INVOLVES EACH GENERATION (1-5)

a)            MOSES GOD’S SERVANT IS NOW DEAD

i)              MOSES HAD BEEN A GREAT LEADER MIGHTILY USED BY GOD

ii)             JOSHUA WAS GOD’S APPOINTED SUCCESSOR TO MOSES (NUM 27)

iii) MOSES DEATH WAS A COMMA NOT A PERIOD IN GOD’S ONGOING PLAN AND PURPOSE.

iv)           JOSHUA & CALEB HAD SPIED OUT THE LAND AND HAD BROUGHT BACK A GOOD REPORT (NUM 14) THEY BELIEVED GOD

v)            MOSES HAD ANOINTED JOSHUA TO BE HIS SUCCESSOR

vi)           WE ARE ALL EXPENDABLE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD; IF WE TRY TO SAVE OUR LIVE WE LOSE IT; IF WE LOSE OUR LIFE FOR HIS SAKE WE WILL FIND IT

b)            GOD TOLD JOSHUA AND ISRAEL TO ARISE AND CROSS OVER THIS JORDAN

i)              SPEAKING TO THE NEXT GENERATION; THEIR FATHERS HAD FAILED TO BELIEVE GOD

ii)             IT WAS THEIR OPPORTUNITY; IT WAS THEIR DESTINY; THEIR TURN

c)            GOD REMEMBERED HIS PROMISE TO ABRAHAM, MOSES & PRIOR GENERATIONS

i)              EVERY PLACE THE SOLE OF YOUR FEET TOUCH HE WILL GIVEN; THE SAME PROMISE THAT GOD HAD MADE TO ABRAHAM

3.  GOD COMMANDS US TO POSSESS THE LAND- TAKE BACK WHAT THE ENEMY TAKEN FROM US (6-9)

a)            THE LAND IS GOD’S TO GIVE AND OURS TO RECEIVE, BUT WE MUST BELIEVE GOD

b)            BUT WE MUST BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS

c)            WE MUST BE CAREFUL TO DO ALL ACCORDING TO HIS WORD

i)              WALK CAREFULLY BEFORE THE LORD OBEYING HIS WORD AND HIS COMMANDMENTS

ii)             DON’T TURN TO THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT – DON’T DEVIATE FROM HIS PLAN OR HIS INSTRUCTIONS – THAT YOU MAY PROSPER

iii)            THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHOULD DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH – MEDIATE ON IT AND DAY AND NIGHT TO DO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT THEN THE LORD WILL BE WITH YOU AND PROSPER YOU

iv)           THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHATEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS SIN; WE MUST BELIEVE THAT GOD IS AND HE STILL REWARDS THEM THAT FAITHFULLY SEEK HIM.

d)            PAUL TOLD TIMOTHY TO FULFILL THE PROPHECY CONCERNING HIM AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH (1TIM 1:18)

4.   WE DON’T GO ALONE HE PROMISES US TO GO WITH US (9B)

a)            NO MAN WILL BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE US

i)              HE WOULD BE WITH THEM AS HE WAS WITH MOSES; GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

ii)             HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM OR FORSAKE THEM – JESUS (THE TRUE JOSHUA) HAS GIVEN US THAT SAME PROMISE

5. WE MUST PREPARE FOR THE CROSSING (10 – 11)

a)           Jos 1:11  Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare food for yourselves, for within three days you are crossing over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess it.

b)           THIS RECALLS WHAT MOSES SAID IN Deu 11:31.

6.   CONCLUSION – I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I AM TIRED OF WHAT THE ENEMY IS DOING TO OUR FAMILIES AND US.  IT IS TIME TO POSSESS THE LAND. I DO NOT WANT TO WANDER IN THE WILDERNESS OF SIN AND EXPERIENCE ITS CONSEQUENCES.  I’VE SEEN ENOUGH.  IT IS GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR US TO POSSESS THE LAND.  WE WILL NOT DO THIS INDIVIDUALLY.  GOD HAS A CHURCH IN THE EARTH, A SPIRITUAL ISRAEL.  WE ARE A PART OF THAT CHURCH.  OUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IS NONE OTHER THAT GOD’S SON JESUS CHRIST, LORD OF LORD AND KING OF KINGS.  WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR IF WE FOLLOW HIM.  I WANT YOU TO HEAR MY HEART THIS MORNING.  I KNOW THAT GOD HAS PLANS FOR THIS CHURCH BUT IT IS STILL UP TO US TO CARRY OUT HIS PLAN.  LET’S NOT BE THOSE THAT DRAW BACK, BUT BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS AS WAS JOSHUA.  JOSHUA TOLD ISRAEL JOSHUA  24:15  …choose this day whom you will serve.. But as for MY HOUSE AND MY HOUSE we will serve THE LORD.  LET’S WORK TOGETHER; LET’S DETERMINE TO MAKE THE THINGS OF GOD A PRIORITY.   LET’S CROSS OUR JORDAN AND POSSESS THE LAND.  LET’S RECLAIM OUR FAMILIES AND OUR CHILDREN AND TAKE THIS CITY FOR GOD! 

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