Possess Your Possessions

God instructed the children of Israel to dispossess the nations that occupied their promised land. Deuteronomy 7:18 says, “You shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.” We also need to remember how the Lord worked through His mighty power to set them free from their captivity.

We wage war against the enemy of our soul through God’s promises. We must remember that satan came to steal, kill, and destroy. He uses deceptive means to lure us from what God has set before us. Philippians 1:28 says, “And not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.” Where does our help come from? Psalm 121:1 says, “…My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

1 Peter 1:4-5 says, “To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” This is our standing. We stand by this promise. Romans 5:2 says, “Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:8 says that if the rulers of the age knew, “…they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Colossians 2:15 says that through the cross, Jesus disarmed principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them. The battle is won. However, just like the Lord gave the children of Israel the promised land, they had to possess it. That meant they had to engage the nations who inhabited it in battle.

2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him…” His resurrection  power dwells within us. Through it we engage and defeat the one who is attempting to destroy our faith. It is all about faith. Our faith is constantly under attack. The enemy uses fiery dart lies, but we are equipped. Ephesians 6:16 says, “…taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

How does our enemy seek to destroy our faith? In Deuteronomy 7:25 they were warned to not take anything for themselves of the nation’s idols. It would cause them to be snared.  Verse 26 says, “Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven things that are an abomination to the Lord. Verse 17-19 says, “A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” The question comes: Have I brought any of them into my life? Hidden lies, erroneous mindsets, and strongholds have to be cast off and replaced by truth, or our faith is undermined.

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