Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said. Joshua 14:12
In order for a person to gain something new it often takes work on his part. He has to be willing to reach out and grab it, since it is rarely just handed freely to him. In the process of grabbing something, many will often need others to assist in making it happen.
Caleb asked for a hill country with Anakites living there that had been promised to him. He said that with God’s help he will be able to drive out the Anakites to possess the land.
Believers are given many different promises in and outside of the bible. Some of those promises, very few, are given without any assistance upon the believer himself. Those few are given only by God and His power.
God, in His infinite power and wisdom, gives believers the power, wisdom and direction to be able to gain many of those promises.
Although believers today very rarely have to physically take land, they do have to take other areas in life. Control of their thought life, emotions, and overcoming temptations are just a few areas that a believer must conquer.
Usually, God does not just give immediate victory over those areas, but gives direction, power and guidance to conquer those areas.
The believer has to step out in faith, doing God’s will, knowing that God is with him and will help him. It takes action upon his part with God’s Holy Spirit strengthening and helping him fulfill the promises. With God’s help, he will drive out sinful practices and sin in his life.
Looking at your own life, there are areas that God wants you to conquer and have victory over. While God may supernaturally give you victory over some of these areas, most of them will require some work on your part.
You have to be willing to step forward to take the promise of God knowing that God will help you. It may be driving something out of your life or strengthening something good in your life. God is with you and will help you, if you will step out in faith to do His will.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal areas that need to be conquered in your life; that you will step out in faith to take what God has promised; and that you will see God’s victory over sin in your life.