Words in Due Season…

A Desire to Possess the Land…

Deuteronomy 1:8, “Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land…”

This is the theme verse and thought in our church for this term. It is an amazing promise and enabling word from God, prophetic for many people, including myself. I thank God for this divine wisdom and direction.

“It is time to possess the land and take ownership of what God has given to us!” (Pastor Francois van Niekerk, Hatfield Christian Church).

I would like to encourage the body of believers that we can possess the land and it starts with a godly desire to possess it. You’ve got to want to possess it! And that desire to do so should not be out of carnal agendas but from the healthy knowledge that God wants me to possess – and He wants me to desire to own that kind of life and lifestyle.

Philippians 2:13 declares that it is God who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

  • This means that God helps us have godly and righteous desires.

Hebrews 11:13-16, talks of how the patriarchs desired a better country!

I’d like to propose that the desire to be better and to do better is a godly one. Even in Ezekiel 36:11 God promises “and I will do better unto you than at your beginnings!”

1 John 3:9 states that we are born of God and His seed remains in us. 1 Peter 1:23 declares that we are born of the word of God.

  • This means that we have God’s nature.
  • As His children we are like Him
  • We want what He wants
  • His desires are ours (Mat.6:10; John 15:5-7)

2 Peter 1:4 is more direct when it teaches that by God’s promises we are made partakers of the divine nature.

Now it is in God’s nature to bless! Just look at all the awesome blessings in the Bible promised to each of God’s children on earth.

Look at the blessings of Deuteronomy 28:2-13, promising that we would be above only and not beneath; the head and not the tail!

May I tell you, dear friend, that God loves people who loves better things… Just consider Jacob: a liar and a cheat! But since birth he desired to first, to be above and to be better! It is unfortunate that his brother Esau did not value his birthright, but it gave Jacob an opportunity to get what he always wanted: BETTER! And eventually God began calling Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! (Ex.3:6).

God honours the desire of those who want better!

Look at Jabez! Born into shame and rejection but God honoured his desire for greater and better things! (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).

It doesn’t matter, beloved, what your background, circumstances or limitations are. The details of your past will not hold your future hostage! If you have a godly desire to be better God will give you better! And don’t fret over how the better is actually going to come, God will take care of the details!

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 talks about how not many wise are chosen, but they are the ones God chooses! Because God knows how to elevate and bless a person, a family, a church, a community, a city, a province and a country!  God knows how to make things better!

My encouragement to you is, search after God’s heart through prayer and reading His Word and before long you will discover an innate desire to become and be better! God’s nature and presence can do that to a person!

Even regarding the gifts Paul admonished to earnestly desire the best gifts! (1 Cor.12:31).

Resist the temptation to feel condemned because you desire better. Remember it is the thief that comes to steal, kill and to destroy – but God’s agenda through Christ is to restore, revive, bless, increase, and give life in abundance!

Let’s desire to enjoy all of what God has for us!

He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church!

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