The ‘Done’ of ‘Have Given’

“The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places.  And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it.'” Numbers 33:50-53

“The Lord said to Joshua,.. ‘Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them… Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.'” Joshua 1:1-3

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“The Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you,.. was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:19-20

When the LORD speaks, His word counts. It is clear. It carries power. It is true, real, and accomplished in the heavens where there is only eternal time. The future and present are equal in God’s divine economy, as are promises uttered and fulfilled. He is the beginning and the end, the first and last. Throughout the Bible and history we see heroes of faith stepping out, moving on, conquering people and lands and sin habits, believing that God’s I will is the same as have done. (Romans 4:19-25; Hebrews 11:7-21,24-27; Revelation 21:6a)

This grand and hope-filled truth should drive expectancy, obedience, and zeal in our day to day. The temptations and irritations that eat away at devotion have been borne on the cross! The bitterness, sloth, and disdain we coddle and carry have been crucified! Jesus conquered all these so we can live in the yes and amen, free to be and love and serve as He intends! If God has pledged fruitfulness and victory, why do we live in spiritual barrenness and defeat?(Romans 6:1-8,12-14; 1 Corinthians 15:55-58)

What do my attitudes and actions reveal about my belief- or doubt- in God’s ability to fulfill His word? If all His plans are formed of old, and faithful and sure, how intently am I doing my part to bring them to fruition and completion? In what good works, intended for me from the beginning, am I currently invested? How wholeheartedly do I invest my attention, time, and resources? Are there distractions I need put away in order to focus more on God’s specific commands to me? What adjustments are needed in personal confession, priorities, or transparency, for me to take new territories in faith? (Ephesians 2:10)

Lord, help me live in the confident amen of Your promises and purposes for me, to the blessing of many and exaltation of Your glory.

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