December 11, 2023
- By Ed Powell
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"We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness." Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3
How incredibly blessed we are! But how little we possess! You might say, "What do you mean by that?" Israel is a prime example. God had delivered them out of Egyptian bondage, which they had endured for 400 years. He had led them to Kadesh Barnea where Moses choose 12 men, one from each tribe, to search out the land of Canaan that God had promised them. They were on the brink of receiving from the hand of God a land that "flowed with milk and honey." He had covenanted with them that no one could conquer them if they walked in obedience to Him.
They did not have to fear the enemy for God had already guaranteed the victory. All they had to do was to claim and appropriate what God had already promised to them. You would think they would be excited, full of faith and ready to enter into the great blessings of God that lay before them. But Israel balked in unbelief at their first opportunity to enter the land. Only those born during those 40 years of wandering finally entered Canaan.
This was simply the beginning of something even more unbelievable. All the land was given to them, but every inch of it had to be claimed as their gift from God. "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given you" (Joshua 1:3). They had to walk the land as if to say, "This land is mine by the gift of God!" As they exercised this right, God made it good. Wow, what a deal! You would think they could not claim their land fast enough. But here is where they fell so miserably. They only claimed 25% of all the land God had promised to them. You might say, "That's incredible. Why didn't they possess it all?"
This is the picture of you and me. God has promised us that He "shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). God also said, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
These are but a few of the hundreds of promises God has covenanted with those who put their trust in Him and walk in obedience to Him. You say, "That's great!" True, but let me ask you. How many promises have you claimed by saying "This is mine by the grace of God?" "All things are ours...He hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness." We have an inheritance that is beyond our comprehension, yet we live as paupers! Our failure is even greater than Israel's. We claim less of all that God has promised to us and purchased for us through Christ!
May we with implicit faith launch out into a new and living way to experience the blessing God has for us. We need to claim and appropriate what is ours "in Christ." Let us search God's Word and not depart from it to the right or to the left. Let us continue in prayer until we enter into the abundant life God wants to give us. Then we can experience the liberty and freedom of the Spirit that in "all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37). He will empower, encourage, enable and be our sufficiency for all we encounter. IT IS OURS IN CHRIST! Dare to believe Him in all things. When we cannot see His hand, reach out in faith and trust His heart. His mercies "are new every morning: great is [His] faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:23). Possess your possessions!
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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