November 5, 2001
“…the land is surely given to us to possess as our inheritance.” (Ezekiel 33:24)
Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Our Scripture verse for this week tells us that God has already given us the Promised Land, but that it is up to us to possess it. What does this mean?
First of all, the Promised Land represents all the blessings that we have in Christ. These blessings include not only eternal life after we die, but they also include health, prosperity, and peace of mind while we are here on earth. Yet, many Christians are not experiencing these blessings here on earth. Why not?
The reason is that they are not “possessing” them. In other words, they are not using their authority over Satan to keep him from robbing the blessings. Instead, because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), many Christians are allowing Satan to walk all over them and to steal God’s blessings from them. Just as the Israelites had to fight the heathen tribes in order to possess the Promised Land, so do we have to fight the forces of hell to possess our inheritance in Christ.
Matthew 11:12 makes this clear: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Are you taking by force what rightfully belongs to you in Christ? Are you resisting the enemy’s attacks on you by speaking the Word of God against him?
If you’re wondering why you feel defeated, perhaps it’s that you’ve allowed Satan to use you as his doormat. It’s time for the Church of Jesus Christ to rise up to its full stature in Him. It’s time to take our rightful position and to drive out the enemy. It’s time to realize who we are in Christ and to act on it.
Copyright 2001 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.
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