Taking Possession

“Then Joshua said, ‘You are a numerous people and have great power. You shall not have one allotment only, but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong. How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?'” Joshua 17:17-18; 18:3

After my father died, I bought his car from the estate. Money changed hands, it was titled in my name; I owned it. Over the following year or so, I kept discovering features I hadn’t known it possessed, and I called it my ‘Holy Spirit car.’ He is ours, indwelling us, holding power and wisdom and insight and ability that we own, yet often do not appropriate.

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Taking possession of the Promised Land for Israel required their taking up arms, moving in, and taking over by displacing its inhabitants. For me, appropriating all that is available to me in Christ requires a putting away of selfish intention, old thought- and practice-habits that prevent the exercise of healthy ones, and taking the new land of the fullness of Christ in courageous faith.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:3,7-9,11,13-14

Lord, You train my hands for war. Fit me and fuel me for taking all things that are mine in Christ, and for living what is true. (Psalm 144:1)

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