The Possession of Victory
- Wednesday, October 08, 2003
4) It is a Place of Reality—Up to this time, the people of Israel had had discussions and descriptions of Canaan, but they had never discovered Canaan. Do you want God’s Word to come alive to your heart and life? Then you must go to Canaan where God’s plan becomes real. I want revival, the supernatural, and to see God’s power in reality. Some have been in the wilderness so long they have come to think that living in the wilderness is normal. When someone gets excited about serving Jesus, and talks about the victorious Christian life, we mark them as abnormal. We say that are fanatical. The wilderness is abnormal; Canaan is normal. The person who is defeated is abnormal; the person who is victorious is normal. It is not God’s plan for us to wander in the wilderness but to camp in Canaan.
Once Moses spoke to the nation of Israel, in Deuteronomy 6:23, and said, "God brought us out from thence that He might bring us in." God did not bring them out of Egypt to leave them in the wilderness. He brought them out of Egypt to bring them into Canaan. God did not save us to leave us defeated. He saved us so we could live victoriously, have abundance, and to see His power.
Some years ago, William Randolph Hurst saw a rare painting in a book and told his agent he must have that painting. After several months of searching throughout the world, the agent told Mr. Hurst that the treasured painting had been in his own warehouse all the time. God has called us to live in Canaan and to possess our possessions.
SECOND, THERE IS A PROMISE TO PURSUE
A) The Walk of Victory—Notice verse three, the walk of victory: "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses." God has given us victory. He said to Joshua, "I have already given this land unto you." All Joshua had to do was go out and take what was his. We too must reach out by faith and received the possessions God says are rightfully ours.
On the cross, Jesus said, "It is finished." It was not doomsday, but deliverance day. He had just purchased deliverance for all who would believe. The devil wants us to live in defeat, in the wilderness, and not experience the blessings found in Canaan.
We do not have to pray for victory because we are praying from victory. We will possess our land of release, rest, refreshment, and reality when we put down our foot in faith on the promises of God. The Lord told Joshua to walk on conquered land. I want you to see the walk of victory, but also the width of victory.
B) The Width of Victory—In verse four the Bible tells us how wide it was: "From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun, will be your territory." God said their possession was to be all they could see from the north, south, east, and the west. There was to be no limit to the victory that God planned for His people. Canaan isn’t heaven—Canaan is now. I am not so concerned about what is going to happen tomorrow as to what is going to happen today. We talk about the happy by and by, but I am concerned about the nasty now and now.
Many years ago, a cold and hungry elderly man walked into a music store in London, England. He asked the owner if he would give him a few dollars for his violin so he could buy something to eat. The owner gave the man five dollars for the violin. After lighting a candle, and studying the violin, he saw the words, "Antonio Stradivarius, 1704." Suddenly, he realized he had possession of a violin that had been missing for more than 100 years, that eventually was purchased for a huge some of money. It had been in the hand of a penniless man, on the verge of starvation, who did not realize its value.
Oftentimes, God’s people often walk into the church with a Bible in hand, never realizing the value of its promises. They live on the brink of starvation instead of experiencing the joys of salvation. God did not plan that we go from salvation to stagnation, but from salvation to victory living in Christ. There are possessions to possess and promises to pursue.
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