Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Use What You Have
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
When God released the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, it took them a while to get to the Promised Land—a lot longer than it needed to. When they finally arrived, Moses had died, and Joshua had been appointed to lead the Israelites into this new land. God said to Joshua, “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you . . . ” (Joshua 1:2–3).
The Israelites could have stood at the border of the Promised Land and said, “Will you look at that? Wow. Isn’t it nice?” But they had to go in and possess their possessions.
In the same way, sometimes we will stand around and admire a certain thing, but we don’t actually utilize it. It is like buying an SUV, but never actually taking it four-wheeling. In the same way, we can stand around and admire biblical principles like justification and say, “Isn’t it great what God has given to us?” But do we actually use it? Many times the answer is no.
We have to possess our possessions. Justification by faith is not just a simple legal matter between God and us; it is a living relationship. Therefore, we don’t have to pray for victory. We need to pray from victory. We don’t fight for success. We fight from it. We don’t need to go out and win the battle. The battle has been won. So we need to go in the authority and power of our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ.
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