Cultivating the Land

I was reading through Joshua over Christmas break, when a question struck me.  Ok, so the Israelites made it to the Promised Land.  Phew, now it’s time to kick back in the Land of Milk and Honey, right?  Wrong!  God tells them to ward of any of the -ites who encroach on the land that He has given them.  Now wait a minute God, what’s this about, I asked.

He began to make a parallel for me of what this perhaps represents in our modern world.  You see we (or the Israelites) are called to cultivate the land we live in.  So thanks to Jesus we in the New Covenant have the opportunity to enter into our own promised land flowing with Living Water.  BUT there are giants in this land.  Things that sneak in to steal from our Promised Land.

Now I don’t know what your giants are or even what your Promised Land consists of, but I do know that it is worth the fight.  If it is freedom, don’t let captivity sneak back in.  If it is joy, beware of despair.  If it is faith, watch out for fear.

Here’s the encouraging part, the weapons of our kingdom are much stronger than any weapons this world can throw our way.  Take heart because..

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  ‘Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.'”

Joshua 1:5-6

The land is ours, but we must take it!

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