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The land belongs to you. So what are you waiting for?

land8Joshua 18:1-7 – The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The country was brought under their control, 2 but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance. 3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you? 4 Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it, according to the inheritance of each. Then they will return to me. 5 You are to divide the land into seven parts. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south and the tribes of Joseph in their territory on the north. 6 After you have written descriptions of the seven parts of the land, bring them here to me and I will cast lots for you in the presence of the Lord our God. 7 The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the Lord is their inheritance. And Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. Moses the servant of the Lord gave it to them.”

land6Why do we delay doing jobs that are disagreeable or have unlikely results? Why do we put off taking hold of what is rightfully ours? Procrastination is utter disobedience. We choose to live sub-standard lives because we haven’t taken hold of the promises of God. What are we still allowing into our land? What enemy is still there that we refuse to drive out? Remember, our war is not against flesh and blood; so, what are you holding onto that others can’t see?

The land BELONGS TO YOU!! However, it is YOUR responsibility to do whatever is necessary to take possession of it. Are you lazy? Fearful? Unwilling? Would you rather trade with your enemy and depend solely upon your own thinking for survival?

land7We must be willing to fight for what is rightfully ours…we cannot afford to sit back and wait for others to do it for us while we sit in pews on Sundays to get fed a word that “feels good”. Don’t take the path of least resistence.

Some people choose the path of least resistance and then blame others when things go bad. I only know that because I used to be that way. I always judged everyone around me and I never had any compassion for those in need or in pain because I was in so much pain. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees because I was too busy looking at what people weren’t doing for me to get through the trees. Whatever I do, whether it be following the path of least resistance and standing idly by as others are broken, or dealing compassionately with people who are suffering, it will be issued back to me in the same measure I decide to use it. Sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing but it is worth the effort in the end. Some days we can’t see the blessings (or curses) of our behavior until long after we have sown the seeds. Sow GOOD SEEDS!!

land2You can read Joshua 17-20 about the division of the rest of the land at www.biblegateway.com Post your comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #Joshua

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Psalm 89:34 – I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.

Even when we are disobedient and rebellious, God will still find a way to keep His promises. Don’t let that be your excuse for turning away and doing things your way. God is completely reliable. Are you?

Related Scriptures: Proverbs 24:29; Luke 6:37-38; Ephesians 6:12