Sunday, August 31, 2014

Take What God Has Given You

JOSHUA 1:3 NKJ "Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 

God told Israel the promised land was theirs. Yet it was possessed by others -- some were even giants (which made it look impossible for them to possess.) 

God had given them the land, but they had to go in and take it. God would enable them to take possession, if they would only cooperate by believing Him. Yet they focused on the seemingly impossible circumstances and took their eyes off God's promise. 

HEBREWS 3:19 NKJ  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. 

Only one thing kept the people of Israel from taking possession of all their promised land -- unbelief! Maybe they felt incapable, but that was the devil's lie. Their capability was God! God had spoken! But they chose not to believe what God said to them. 

Today it is no different with us! 

The New Testament reveals many things which already belong to us because we are joined with Jesus Christ. These are not just promises, but statements of what is already ours because of God's wonderful grace. 

God has given us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17, 2 Peter 1:3). Many of us are not enjoying much, but it is NOT God's fault. We are the ones who need to change. We need to change what we believe! 

Many expect Bible promises to just fall on them. But you have a part to play. Nothing automatically manifests in your life until you believe and act on God's Word. You must actively receive what the Bible says is yours. 

Very often in the New Testament the word "receive" translates the word "lambano," which means to actively receive. This word is often translated as "take." 

You must take possession of what God has given you. Without actively taking what belongs to you, you will not enjoy all God has provided for you. 

You must possess by your faith what God has given you by His grace. Remember that faith is the noun form and believe is the verb form of the same word in the New Testament.
So if your beliefs don't line up with God's Word, then you need to change them, for God's Word is truth. 

What you believe makes a big difference in the way you respond to something being taken from you. If you believe something belongs to you, you will not readily allow anyone to take it from you. 

So when you truly know what belongs to you because of the great price Jesus paid, you will quit allowing the devil to steal it from you. 

God's desire is that you take, and continue to possess, what Jesus paid for you to have and enjoy. 

SAY THIS: Because it pleases God, I will take what God says is mine, which is all that Jesus paid for me to have. 

In The News:

Boko Haram Beheads Six-Year-Old Boy for Christian Faith

Carrie Dedrick | Editor, | Friday, August 29, 2014
Boko Haram militants have reportedly beheaded a six-year-old boy because he was a Christian. The attack occurred June 1 in Attagara, Gwoza district, an area that is now controlled by the Muslim extremist militants. 
During the attack, Attagara was swarmed by more than 100 Boko Haram members on a rampage to kill residents. Men women and children were attacked with machetes and militants opened fire at the village. 
The six-year-old child was wounded from machete slashes, but survived the initial attack. When a villager found him, Boko Haram militants swiped the boy from the villager’s arms and beheaded the child. The villager, Sawaltha Wandala, was then beaten and left to die. 
Two days later, Boko Haram returned to Attagara for another attack targeting Christians and Shiite Muslims. Christian resident John Yakuba was captured in the attack. 
Militants reportedly said, “We know you’re John. You must convert to Islam or else you will die a painful death.” 
Yakuba responded, “You can kill my body, but not my soul.” 
He was brutally attacked while tied to a tree, but miraculously survived. Yakuba now says he forgives the evil acts of the terrorists. 
According to Voice of the Martyrs, the two attacks on Attagara village killed approximately 200 people. 
Publication date: August 29, 2014

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