By:Pastor James M. Wesley Jr.
“The Promised Land Was Not Heaven”
It was and is a FIGHT!
The word “Possess” in its biblical context usually means to “acquire” through struggle, or believe this promised “possession or acquisition” is sure but not yet seen. In one case the struggle is external, and in the other it is internal. One promise is acquired by “overcoming” the fear of insurmountable visible obstacles, the other is the internal struggle described in Romans 7 & 8 flesh vs. spirit. One of the most prominent examples of the failure to “Possess a Promise” from God is found in …
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
is not heaven! It has to be “Possessed”
The advisory of our soul is already defeated and he knows it, but he’s still busy!
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
The command to go and possess the land was not completed until the reign of King David…The book of Judges illustrates how the people discontinued the struggle after the death of Joshua & Caleb (Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes) and the reality that compromise comes with a cost, is made evident as they fall into the bondage of the enemy 7 times requiring the Lord to raise up a judge to deliver them each time. Then there was King Saul who was more concerned with holding onto power than executing God’s will. It was about ritual and not relationship…Samuel had to tell him “Obedience is better than sacrifice”…The command was to “Possess the Land” which meant to simply “Overcome” and “Drive out” the enemy! Our ability to execute God’s plan for our lives and inherit or possess his promise is found in our obedience and submission, and determination to be “Overcomers”… This word is found in various contexts in the New Testament 10 times it is mentioned with a promise.
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.