When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” (Joshua 13:1)
Oh, what a word of encouragement we have before us today! Because God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), I must ask you this: Are you possessing all of your possessions?
Take another look at our verse for today, and you will see that the Israelites were not possessing all the possessions God had given to them. There were still vast areas of the Promised Land that remained to be occupied. The land was conquered and the land was theirs, but they still had to claim it as their own. Pockets of resistance still needed to be overcome, which would require a disciplined effort on the part of the Israelites to get it done.
Beloved, it is no different when it comes to our spiritual blessings in Jesus! All of them have been won for us and paid for in full by our precious Redeemer. But just like portions of the Promised Land that remained unpossessed, many of our spiritual blessings remain unpossessed. We live out only a fraction of the blessings that have been given to us, and we wonder why deep satisfaction eludes us.
Satan knows we have been given every spiritual blessing. He knows we are in possession of our Promised Land because of the cross work of Christ. He cannot take any of it away. But what he can and does do is distract us and derail us from possessing all of our possessions, causing us to grow only into a fraction of the person God is calling us to be.
But this is not for you! Take a moment to meditate on and marinate in these words . . .
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
You have the authority to claim each blessing. You have received the divine power to remove whatever pockets of resistance that are still trying to keep you from being all God is calling you to be. And never forget this amazing truth: Unlike the Israelites, who were given the power and authority to simply conquer their Promised Land, you have been given the power and authority to be more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
I hope you will prayerfully consider all that you have been given by the One who purchased you with His blood and let nothing keep you back from possessing all of your possessions.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!