In our current reality, it is noteworthy that events that occurred nearly 2,000 years has an amazing impact on our lives today. It’s incredible how these past events have changed everything for humanity. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, the apex of human history, to the birth of the church, those events brought hope and a renewed purpose in Christ. The hope the believer has in Him prevails and permeates in and through their lives to the world around them.
The prevailing and permeating of our Lord (His reigning and power working in and through believers surrendered to Him, as well as, His love and message of His salvation spreading through His people to a world yet to receive Christ) speaks not just of the individual believer, but also of His church (the sum total of all of us believers, as well as, local church families). As we the church work together, in surrender to Christ, His Spirit’s power is unleashed in and through us to advance His kingdom in our very own lives, our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, our region, and beyond. We work together, under the Lord’s leading and in His power, to see His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We claim the promises of God in our lives as we allow Him to use us to claim territory in His name through our lives.
To illustrate what I am talking about here, I want to look at the Old Testament book of Joshua. Here are the words of God spoken to Joshua recorded in Joshua 1:3: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” What did God say to Joshua? “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you.” God then draws the outlines of the Promise Land – all theirs on one condition: that they shall march through the length and breadth of it, and measure it off with their own two feet. Now we know through Scripture that the Israelites only claimed one-third of the property, and consequently, they never had more than one third. The Israelites had just what they measured off, and no more. Think about it. The Lord had offered them two thirds more than they claimed. They settled for only a third of what they were promised.
Today for the believer, besides the literal ground, unoccupied for Christ, there is the unclaimed, untrodden territory of Divine promises. In 2 Peter, we read of another sort of “land of promise” that is opened up to every believer (2 Peter 1:2-4). Peter writes that these promises (the resources and power of heaven unleashed in the life of a believer) are opened up to us and are God’s will that we should, as it were, measure off that territory by the feet of obedient faith and believing obedience.
As we know God, we gain the essential foundations for Christian living. Knowing God is the key to all things that pertain to life and godliness. They come to us through God’s power. Here is an unfortunate reality. We are willing to try almost anything except the knowledge of God. We will trust in the schemes and plans of people instead of the knowledge of Him. We will try knowing ourselves instead of the knowledge of Him. However, we are called to know God.
Since these promises are a gift of God, our posture in claiming is not of demanding spoiled children. We confidently claim what God has promised as grateful children acknowledging that God is in control and is the power behind every promise and the determiner of how they will be fulfilled. Our claiming of God’s promises and territory is by God’s power unleashed in and through our lives as we walk by faith in Him. When we, God’s church, by faith, fully claim God’s promises and territory, God’s power releases the resources of heaven so that we can honestly know Him and make Him known.
God has offered us a magnificent territory for faith to lay hold on and march through the length and breadth. Let me encourage each of us to enter into all our inheritance. Let us lift up our eyes to the north and the south, to the east and to the west, and hear our Lord say, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you.” We receive enduring hope in the Lord as He prevails and permeates in and through the lives of those around us.
It is such a privilege serving the Lord with each of you. Let’s open ourselves up to His prevailing and permeating in and through our lives to the world who desperately needs to receive the life offered only in Him. Let’s humbly claim the promises He offers us as we also claim territory in His name and by His power and leading. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!