Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess.'”- Joshua 1:10-11 NKJV
Last Friday was the first time that I had “published” anything in almost two years. I have been writing in the form of journaling, almost every day since I fell off the blog radar, but I have not put pen to paper in the form of publicly publishing anything for anyone else to read.
I don’t know how to explain it other than to say last Friday I could not NOT do it any longer. I couldn’t sit on all of these things I have experienced over the years- especially the last two. I felt I was about to explode if I didn’t release some of the things that are stirring within me. Even though I didn’t have, and still don’t have, a clear idea of what to say or how to say it, I have to start somewhere. I have to start “possessing the land” I believe God has given me.
Last night I had one of the most obvious lightbulb moments. It was so obvious that I found it ridiculous that I hadn’t truly seen it before. I am not sure if you are familiar with the book of Joshua but here is the shortest EVER “cliff note version” of the book: Joshua and Caleb were the only two men permitted to cross over into the Promised Land that God had promised to Moses and the Israelites when he used Moses to set the people from from Egyptian captivity. Because of fear, unbelief, disobedience, etc. the others, including Moses, were not permitted to go. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. When the last of that generation died, the Lord commanded Joshua to finally go possess the land.
Most of you I am sure have heard the account of the first battle, the first “possession of the land”. It was the battle of Jericho. If you need a refresher of the account you can read it in Joshua 6. It is one of the most frequently taught Sunday School stories as it is epic, and shows just how mighty the Lord is.
Even though I have heard and read the story a million times (ok maybe 100 times), somehow I have overlooked this one thing. This one lightbulb moment thing. This one life changing, land possessing thing. Would you like to hear it?
Even though God had given them the land, they still had to cross over to claim it. They had to step onto the battlefield and into the battle in order to possess it.
You see I have believed for many years that the Lord has a special possession for me and my family. I have known of my inheritance. I may not know the details but I have a pretty good picture of what my land looks like. I have a pretty good picture of my role in it. What I have lacked was the faith to cross over and possess it.
I have waiting for the Lord to “scatter my enemies” (fear, doubt, unbelief, hurt, etc) so I could go possess the land. Last night I heard the gentle voice of the Lord say “The enemy won’t scatter until you step foot on the land and begin to possess it.”
LIGHTBULB! LIGHTBULB! LIGHTBULB!
The light turned on so bright that I thought I was going to explode. So here I am. Taking another step on MY land. FOR I WILL POSSESS THE LAND WHICH THE LORD, MY GOD, HAS GIVEN ME TO POSSESS!
You know the other “rule” the Lord gave Joshua? He told Joshua that all 12 tribes had to fight together to possess each tribes land. There would be no “each man for himself” mentality. They ALL crossed over together. They all fought side by side so that each one of them could possess their land.
That is why I am sharing this with you. I am sharing my trials and triumphs, my mistakes, and my lightbulbs moments. I am sharing it all because together we are all going to possess our land! Not one of my Sisters is getting left in the wilderness! We are crossing over together! We are possessing our land. Prepare your hearts. Gather your provisions. Get ready. The battle has already been won for us, but we MUST step foot on the battlefield. When we do our enemies will scatter!
I can already hear some of you say “I don’t even know what my land is!” That’s ok. The first thing you need to do is believe that you have a land. And once you believe you have a land, the Lord will reveal what it looks like, and what you need to do to begin possessing it. We ALL have a Promised Land. Some of the land is the same for all of us according to His Word, but we also have individual lands to possess. It is our inheritance as daughters of the Most High God! Hallelujah!
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your goodness and grace, your kindness and mercy. Thank you for being a good, good, Father. I thank you Abba (daddy) that you are waking up your daughters to who we are. I thank you that you are stirring the dreams and visions we have carried in our hearts for so long. I thank you that you are raising up a warrior Bride that knows who she is, and what she is capable of. I ask you today Holy Spirit to reveal to each and every one of us what our land looks like and what our next step is in possessing it. In Jesus’ mighty, glorious, and beautiful name, AMEN!
Possessing the land,