TUESDAY, MARCH 24
Scripture: Leviticus 20:22-24
God’s plan in giving us an inheritance is just the beginning. Finding out what that inheritance is is the place we start. Leviticus 20:22-24 highlights a truth. Here we read, “You shall therefore keep all My statues and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them. But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.” The land that God offered Israel after He brought them out of Egypt was called the Promised Land. It was a promise. The promise had to be possessed. Just because we have an inheritance promised does not mean it’s automatically ours. The promise starts the process which is then gained by possession. We have to find out what our promise is and what God wants us to possess. There are 8,800 promises. He probably doesn’t expect us to possess all of them at once. Let’s recall that the children of Israel were told to possess the land little by little. Let the Holy Spirit show us what He has for us to possess. Only He has that and only He can give us that. Once He gives and quickens it within, it is our job to possess it. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seem.” The meaning for both the Greek and the Hebrew words for inheritance is ‘to possess.’ Many people assume that it is automatic, that God has promised and He alone is going to do it. That isn’t the case. His promises have to be possessed. Hebrews 6:11-12 state, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” That is why we study the possession of the geographic land in the Old Testament. When God gives us a promise, we have to possess it. In this case their possessing of the land meant dispossessing of the wicked people who had defiled it. Chances are that whatever God has promised us may well include some dispossessing in the process. This is an issue for the Holy Spirit to reveal. When the Holy Spirit does reveal it, the examples of how to walk it out are in the Word or revealed by the Spirit! The Lord has to show us how.