Deuteronomy 1:21: Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
There is a land for you to take possession of. There is a promise of God to you that you must take hold of. There is a spiritual territory that God wants you to conquer for his name sake. There is a change that God wants to bring to the earth through you. God wants to shine through you, taking over territories from darkness (John 1:1-5).
The Holy Spirit spoke in the book of Acts that Paul and Barnabas should be separated to him for the work they would embark on (Acts 13:1-3). They were to go into the territories of the gentiles and preach the gospel. They went to various places, with signs and wonders following them. They took possession of many hearts for the sake of Christ, in various geographical locations.
Jesus before leaving the earth said that we should go into the whole world with the gospel, making disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In the second chapter of the book of psalm, the Father told the Son: ask me for the nations for your inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. It is the mandate of Jesus, the Son of God to take over the earth, but he wants to do it now through us, one soul at a time.
In the first chapter of the book of Acts Jesus told the people that they shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon them and they will be witnesses to him, from Judea to Samaria, to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). He sends us take over the world for him. But you need courage to be able to take over the land.
God promised the children of Israel to give them the Canaan land, but their earlier generation decided to follow their fears and not follow God. In the focus verse Moses charged the people not to follow fear, but to follow God.
You are meant to bring changes to your world. And as God gives you the grace, you are supposed to drive way all the illegal occupants and take over. God told Joshua: wherever the sole of your feet gets to, I have given you (Joshua 1:1-9).
There are three ways in which we can possess the land: by wisdom, warfare and worship.
Through the concerted teaching of the word of God, territories can be taken. In the land of Ephesus, after Paul taught for two years, the bible says that so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:8-20). The word grew and took over some territories where the devil’s falsehood held sway, so much that certain people with occult practices brought their occultic books to be burnt, declaring their commitment to Christ.
Paul talked about speaking of the wisdom of God, which he says is a mystery. When there is an impartation of wisdom, then foolishness is displaced. Paul says that we should not be foolish but understand what the will of God is. When the will of God is understood and it gets established in our lives, it means the will of the devil has suffered defeat; that is warfare, through the application of the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.
When prayer goes forward, we release the presence of God into the atmosphere activating His transformative change. When Paul was discussing spiritual warfare with the Ephesian church, he said: we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principality and power, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:10-18). We wrestle against them for the territories they occupy spiritually in the hearts of men.
Paul stressed that we should put on the whole armour of God, praying with all prayers in the spirit. When we pray it is against the operations of the wrong spirits, and the Holy Spirit through us entrenches his will.
It is what happens in the heavenly places that determines what will happen on the earth. We are seated with Christ in the heavenly places, and through our prayer, we take advantage of that place to take spiritual territories and the result is felt on the earth.
Daniel’s prayer had effect on goings-on in the realm of the spirit, setting up cosmic proportion warfare between Satan’s angels and God’s (Daniel 10). Through prayer we take away territories from the devil. We push back the hordes of hell.
Because prayer is partnership with God, the apostles needed to concentrate on it at the beginning of the church (Acts 6:1-7) so that the territories taken over for Jesus in lives saved can continue to increase. When the distraction of serving tables came in, they quickly retraced their steps recommitting themselves to prayer.
The move of God in the multiplication of souls saved and in signs and wonders was powered by prayer in the book of Acts. It was started in a prayer room. Ten days of concerted prayer and the Holy Spirit came down, after which Peter preached a message that led to the taking of territories of the hearts of men (Acts 2).
Wisdom is associated with the word of God; warfare is associated with prayer, while worship is associated with our lifestyle. Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God seeks true worshippers to worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:20-24). A life of worship is a life that pleases God and when that happens, God is able to back us up with his power.
When the children of Israel embarked on taking over territories in the land of Israel, and God had told them that they were to totally destroy everything in Jericho, one of them decided to keep some things (Joshua 7). Offering everything in Jericho to God was supposed to be worship. When worship was not in place, in their next attempt of take more territories in the land of Ai, God did not go with them, and though it was small place, they were overran by their enemies.
In the focus verse, Moses, before he died, charged the children of Israel to take responsibility for the land that God has given then, to not entertain fear but embrace faith. For them, there was nowhere to go except forward. He warned them against distrusting the ability of God to take them to the Promised Land. Their ancestors distrusted God and they died in the wilderness, not fulfilling God’s purpose.
Same with you, you have a promised land that God wants to give you. That is a place of influence, power and glory that is meant for you. Like Habakkuk, you should believe that God will make you ride upon your high places, where your influence will be strongly and peculiarly felt on this earth.
But you will get there by worship, warfare and wisdom. With worship (total submission to God in a lifestyle of obedience, recognition of his supremacy) you qualify yourself for God’s backing, with wisdom (communicating the right understanding and knowledge of God, backed with power) you take the territories in the hearts of men, and with warfare (prayer commitment in wrestling territories from the hand of the devil) you take territories in the realm of the spirit.
Now, go up and take possession of the land.
- Stephen’s Speech Before the Council and Stephen the Martyr – Acts 7 (sundayschoolbiblestudy.wordpress.com)
- …Holy Spirit Power…by Rich Stearns… (nueladohoje.wordpress.com)
- What do you do when you just don’t know what to do? (pastor-george.com)