Deuteronomy 8:7-10 – “For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.” NASU
Today, I want us to consider Victorious Christian Living and the Dispossessing to Possess our Place of Promise or our Canaan in the here and now.
VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIVING – Does not mean you have no problems but that you, through God, overcome them. It does not mean that you have a life of ease but that you have faith, learned obedience and trust, and have matured to the place you exercise authority over the enemies. HOWEVER, before you can Occupy the Place of Promise CANAAN you must go through the Wilderness which is the School of the Holy Spirit and Learn to Live! In the Wilderness, several things happen that are vital.
WE LEARN TO EAT THE MANNA – By that, I simply mean that we learn dependence upon God, daily and continuously. We fully embrace that He is our Life, Strength, Guide, Protector, Wisdom, Holiness, and Righteousness. We develop TRUST and learn CONFIDENCE. Through dependence, we learn that no matter what He says, WE CAN TRUST HIM!
WE LEARN TO FOLLOW THE CLOUD BY DAY and THE FIRE BY NIGHT – Patience is more than a virtue it is a learned condition rooted in Trust and Confidence. If you never go through the fire of trials you will never realize the Power of God and if you never have to fight battles you will not learn to resist the devil or having done all to stand to stand and keep on standing when all appears hopeless.
WE LEARN HOW TO RECEIVE HEALING, Spiritually & Physically as we Gaze on the “Brass Serpent” – As we place our total dependence upon the Grace and Redemption that Flows from Christ on the Cross we receive TRANSFORMATION. We learn the truth that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us. We learn that we are more than conquerors through Him. We learn the Power of the Name.
WE DEVELOP A CONFIDENCE THAT GOD MEANS EXACTLY WHAT HE SAYS – It is in the furnace of trials, the Wilderness, that we reach the state or condition of COMPLETE TRUST and OBEDIENCE.
One of the Principle Reasons for the Wilderness is to TRAIN US FOR WAR! God has a Place of Promise for each of us and that Place is our Canaan in which we learn to enjoy and live THE ABUNDANT LIFE of VICTORY in Jesus! It does not matter what your Giant is, He is Greater than your giant. It does not matter the trial you face, the temptation you encounter, the discouragement you experience, the times you fall on your face, HE NEVER LEAVES!
THE FINAL ANALYSIS
- If you realize that there is a Place of Promise in this Life where you can walk in Total Victory, Complete Confidence, Perfect Peace, and exercise Spiritual Authority then you will embrace the Wilderness Experience and long for your Canaan.
- You will never resign yourself to defeat.
- You will determine to DISPOSSESS that which is occupying your Promise and POSSESS it.
The Christian Life is a Life of Struggle but a Life of Victory! You can be victorious NOW. You can be free of bondages NOW. You can Occupy your Place of Promise. You are Training for Reigning NOW.
The question I must ask is – ARE YOU READY? Ready to Dispossess the Squatters on your inheritance? ARE YOU READY? To learn to use the weapons of warfare so that you can defeat the enemy? ARE YOU READY? To cross your Jordan and Occupy your Canaan and Live the Abundant Life God has Promised?
THREE THINGS ARE NEEDED
- REALIZE – That You have a Promised Place of Victory in the here and now.
- COMMIT – Yourself to the Learning Process and allow the Holy Spirit to train your hands for war.
- DETERMINE – To never give up or give in and no matter what you face, embrace the reality that HIS PROMISES are more powerful than YOUR PROBLEMS.
Are you ready to move into your Place of Promise? Are you ready to move to a new Level of Living that is characterized by Complete Trust, Patient Waiting, Confident Following, Total Dependence, and Expectant Faith? Are you ready to Exercise Dominion and Authority over all the devil’s forces and Enforce the Victory of Calvary and make your permanent residence – CANAAN and Abundant Life?
Let’s prepare our hearts to dispossess our enemies and move into and occupy our Place of Promise Spiritually in the here and now. We do not have to wait for Heaven to have Full Victory!
God bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!