See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers. Deuteronomy 1:8 (NIV)
This year, God is ready to manifest ALL He has promised to do in your life! The number 19 in the Bible represents faith and hearing or hearing God's Word and responding by faith in His ability! In today's verse of Scripture, God told the people that He had "given" them the land. Notice that He did not say "will give" but He had "given", which is past tense. From God's viewpoint, Who dwells outside time in eternity, their ownership of the land was a done deal! The only thing that limits the manifestation of what God has promised in our lives is our willingness to receive it!
Another word for "possess" as used in the Hebrew is the word "inherit." An inheritance is simply something of value that is passed down from one individual to another. God was telling the people of Israel simply to receive the good land He had promised! When the angel told Mary that she would conceive the Son of God as a virgin, she simply received the word without reservation and said "be it unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38).
Unlike Mary, the Children of Israel did not simply receive what God had promised! In Deuteronomy 1:28, the Children of Israel stated they could not possess the land because "the people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there" (NIV). When the people initially spied out the land, God was NOT telling them to take it by force but simply to receive His promise into their hearts (Numbers 13:1)! In fact, when they actually took possession of the land, they simply received it by not speaking words of doubt and shouting (Joshua 6:10, 20)!
God has set an open door before you this year to inherit all He has promised! Simply receive His Word and trust that He will bring to pass all He has promised in your life!
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11
This year I encourage you to resolve to do one thing, which is rest! Resting is an indication that we believe and trust
God. Conversely, trying to figure everything out, working in our own strength, and self-effort are all indications of unbelief. It has been said that Jesus performed more miracles on the Sabbath day than any other day. What is the reason for this you might ask? It is because the Sabbath was the day that man was resting. It has also been said that when man rests, God works.
I believe one of the reasons we don't see more of the miracles and the manifestations of the promises of God in our lives is because we are not at rest. We are not at rest in trying to fix things or even at rest in our minds. Regardless, of how bad things seem in our lives we can still be at rest knowing that God is in control and is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28) behind the scenes. When the Children of Israel were up against a seemingly impossible situation with the Red Sea blocking the route in front of them and Pharaoh's army behind them, Moses "said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day" (Exodus 14:13). Moses told the people to "stand still." They were not to worry, run, or try to figure out how the deliverance would occur! When they rested, God parted the Red Sea and a great deliverance occurred.
Sometimes resting is not easy. Pastor Andrew Wommack once said, "The hardest thing you will ever do is rest." The word "labour" as used in Hebrews 4:11 in today’s Scripture in the Greek suggests to toil or exert effort. In fact, Psalm 127:2 says that “it is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of anxious TOIL – for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep” (AMP). God blesses us when we rest. Ask God to grant rest to your mind and to help you rest in your actions. Encourage others to rest in God this year as well!
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. (Ephesians 1:4 NLT)
So often, we feel like our roots are based on our ethnicity or the family we were raised in. We base our identity in this background and based on our past experiences growing up in these groups. Our origins do not derive from our ethnicity or family background but they are in Christ! In fact, our origins were in Him before the foundation of the world! At that point He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:14 NIV). Since God sits outside of time in eternity, the “fall of man” was of no consequence to Him. He saw the work of redemption and the finished work of the cross as a done deal (John 19:30). Consequently, our origins from eternities past is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Regardless of what you may have done in your past or what family you come from your origins are in the Lord so you are royalty on today (Revelation 1:6)!