Joshua 18:3 Take What God Has Given You

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?” Joshua 18:3

People are often given some opportunity to gain something or some position. With the opportunity, the person must be willing to step out and do some work to gain it or take it.

Although many would love to have what is being offered, very few will take possession of it. Most desire to have it completely handed to them free of any work on their own part.

As many of the tribes of Israel had taken possession of the new land, some did not. Joshua asked them how long they would wait to take possession of the land God had given them.

Believers are given many promises by God, but very few will actually take hold of those promises and claim them as their own. People want things handed to them by God without any work on their own part or change in their life.

A few of the things God wants to give His people are no fear, a living heart, boldness, peace, and physical provisions. Just as some of the tribes of the Israelites held back on taking possession of the land, many believers hold back on taking what God has offered.

Jesus did the work of removing sin and the power of sin, but the believer must be willing to step out in faith and take the blessings of His work. It is a self-choice to not fear, or to be bold, or to have peace.

All one has to do is go in and claim it and take possession because God has already given it to him. One should not wait to get what God has for him.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, God has many things to give you. Each day you have to choose as to whether you will take possession of what God has for you or if you will reject it and keep waiting for something to change.

Do not allow yourself to sit back and do nothing when God has given you a promise. Seek God’s wisdom and timing and then go out and claim that promise, whatever it is.

Live your life in the fullness of all that God has to offer you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will claim what God has promised you; that you will not fear taking what God offers to you; and that you walk in the boldness and strength of God.

Psalm 98:4 Shout For Joy

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; Psalm 98:4

People everywhere shout for joy when something happens that is good and that they want. Watch a football game and see how much people will shout for joy when their team wins a score or wins the game. Add how much more people will be shouting when their team wins the Superbowl.

There are many other individual times when people may shout for joy. Times such as when they get a pay raise or promotion, a new baby is born, someone gets married, or some other great event in their lives.

With all of these events, they are all one time events that is usually soon forgotten. The lives of people move on and the burdens of the day get them down.

It is common for most people to question what they should shout for joy about. Most are searching for just a little joy in their lives and cannot seem to find any. The bills and cares of this world loom like a huge wall in front of them blocking them from joy, pulling them down into despair.

The psalmist said that the everyone is to shout for joy and burst into song. Going back to verse one shows the reason why. It is because God has done marvelous things and provided salvation.

Take a moment to think about all the things God has done in your life. These are all the good things He has done. Provided food, shelter, life, clothing, and that is just the very basics.

Have you seen a beautiful sunrise or sunset? God gave that.

Have you seen a beautiful day? God gave that.

Have you been blessed with a great friendship with someone? God gave that.

Have you seen the beautiful stars at night? God gave that.

Do you have a job? God gave that.

Do you have a family? God gave that.

And the greatest gift God has given you is the salvation that Jesus had provided by dying on the cross. He died to give you life.

If this little list of things God has done for you does not make you shout for joy, then you are dead. Your focus is on the wrong things. Turn your focus on what God has done and know the joy that He has for you. Shout for joy today for what God has done.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will be filled with the joy of the Lord; that you will not focus on the wrongs of this life; and that you will shout for joy to God for what He has and is doing in you.