April 18

Joshua 16:1-18:28; Luke 19:1-27; Psalm 87:1-7; Proverbs 13:11

You would think that after Israel spent 400 years in slavery that God would just give them the Promised Land. But, all He gave them was a promise. They had to wage war to possess what God had promised. There were 7 tribes that had yet to possess their land. Was it because God had changed His mind? No, because they had not fought to claim the land.

It is in the process of fighting that we get a real appreciation of the value of the inheritance that we’ve been given. For the Israelites, they had to fight to possess the land, so that they could survey it and then it was apportioned. For all that God has in store for you, are you willing to fight for it in order to see how big and precious it is?

You are a partner with God in claiming your inheritance. You have been given the tools right now to discover your inheritance. The question is, are you using what God has given you effectively?  This is what we see in the Parable of the Talents. Each servant was given enough to show their faithfulness and good stewardship. Two used theirs well and one did not.

Will you be counted among those who fought to possess God’s promises or those who just stopped short and never entered in? Fight for your right to possess God’s inheritance for you. What does the fight look like? Standing firm against the temptations of the devil and standing firm in faith. Your destiny is waiting on you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 19:1-20:9; Luke 19:28-48; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 13:12-14

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