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Feb 09, 2020

Inheritance and Possession

Inheritance and Possession

Speaker: James Gallaher

Category: Sunday Morning

As we study Joshua, we learn of our faithful God who came and dismantled the strongholds so Israel could possess the Promised Land.

This year 2020 is the year of movement - moving forward at Freedom and also in our own lives. As we study Joshua, we learn of our faithful God who came and dismantled the strongholds so Israel could possess the Promised Land.

 Joshua 12-14 The word “inheritance” is used over 50 times in the second half of the book of Joshua. God repeats so we will remember. Inheritance is what is passed down. Israel’s plan and strength was not in their strategy – it was in the strength and faithfulness of God. We can apply that to us. It is not our strategy or efforts that conquer strongholds but it is a faithful, covenant-keeping God. God’s Word says He is not random in His choices – He chose us – He chose you. He knew you before you were born. He chose you to be an heir and have an inheritance from the Lord.

At this place in Joshua, there were 31 kingdoms that Israel had conquered – they had success in all of the battles except at Ai where a lesson was learned. They had conquered but not had possessed the land.

Romans 8:12-17 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains the world, and those who dwell in it.

1) Position determines Posture. We need to understand our position when it comes to our relationship with God. That then determines our posture going into battle. When we are convinced of our position in the Kingdom as an heir to promises, chosen, adopted, then our posture is determined. When I go against a battle, I win. There is no defeat! Every battle was an offensive battle. A lot of us are fighting defensive battles that God has already given victory in. Israel knew their position and it dictated their posture. There was no defeat. Every battle was offensive. They did not wait.

Joshua took an offensive stance and went to drive out the enemy of the land because it belonged to the Lord. The inhabitants were no more than squatters on what belonged to God. Are there places in our lives (squatters) that we have allowed something to occupy that doesn’t belong? The enemy can come and squat in areas of our lives that are uninhabited. We don’t know what to do so we just don’t fight it. The enemy will possess every area of weakness as long as we are unwilling to drive him out. He is driven out by the powerful, Holy God who will work to give us victory. At the name of Jesus, the enemy will flee. Squatters have no right to be in our lives.

2) Possess the Promise. Joshua 13. Joshua was old but knew that much of the land needed to be possessed. The conquering of Canaan was complete but that doesn’t mean that it was possessed. The promise didn’t guarantee their possession of it. Many believers claim promises that they don’t possess because of a complacent heart. We claim but don’t rid the inhabitants. We can name and claim the promises but not possess them. We’ve got to move in. We must go all the way. Verse 13 names two groups of people that they did not drive out. Israel had been battling for 7 years and were tired and just let the squatters pay to live in their land. Israel had a benefit to letting them stay so choose not to run them out.

Matthew 12:43-45 Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.

It’s not enough to just give up something. We need to fill the void and allow the Spirit of God to fill. To receive the victory, we must be committed to possessing the areas that the Lord opens up in our lives. Fill it with His purpose and His Word. This is found only in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. There is no one in this place that has the power to be victorious on our own. The power comes only from the Holy Spirit to fill every area of our lives and to fill the areas in front of us. In that place, we experience freedom of living submitted to Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11, 14

God has a purpose for our lives. He has a gifting and a calling for the common good of the church of Jesus Christ. We are not islands. We need to rise up to the call and be beneficial to the entire body. Believers need each other. Israel’s power was in doing things together. We are better together, church, than we are apart – more effective as a body of believers than individuals in the body. God gives us a purpose and a place.

3) Purpose and Passion. Joshua 14:6-12 Caleb means bold. Caleb comes to Joshua and tells of the mountain that he is excited about conquering. He is ready for war in his old age just as he was in his younger years. Caleb knew the battle belonged to God. We need “Caleb’s” that don’t get stuck in the past. What is the most recent move of God in our life? What is our vision? What are our mountains? Let’s celebrate the victories of yesterday but look for the mountains. He doesn’t need our strength – He needs our heart. Caleb didn’t allow himself to be marginalized.

It was 47 years from when Israel left Egypt up to this point in the story. 40 years in the wilderness and 7 years camping in Gilgal. Freedom Fellowship Church started in 1973 = 47 years to today; 7 years ago this building was finished. Comparing those numbers to this story makes this the year of our possession at FFC. The possession is outside our homes, outside this church building. We are not settlers; we cannot stay here; we have to possess the areas that God has given to us. People need to experience the same love and grace that we have experienced. This is the year of our breakthrough.

Lorna gives these words to our church that are God confirming…

There is a shield of faith that the Lord establishes to stop and to break the arrows of the enemy.
There is a shield of love that God surrounds and blesses the godly with.
There is a shield of victory that God supports and helps us with.

If you need strength, then the Lord is your strength and shield.
If you need help, put your hope in the Lord and you will not be disappointed.
If you need grace and mercy, God is our Son and our Shield and
He withholds no good things from those who do what is right.
If you need protection, God is your refuge and your shield.
He is a loving ally and a tower of safety.
If you feel discouraged and are crying out to God with a heavy heart,
let God be a shield around you.

Church, let’s allow God to train our hands for war,
To resist the devil - standing firm in our faith.
Don’t let the devil push us around. The battle is the Lords.
In this, victory is achieved through our faith.
Who can win this battle against the world?
Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

What stronghold are you up against that you haven’t been able to claim victory?

Have we convinced ourselves that we don’t have a gift or calling?

What mountain are you ready to strengthen your resolve and face as a Caleb?