“How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?” ~ Joshua 18:3
Joshua said this to the seven remaining tribes who have yet to receive their inheritance. The seven tribes knew that they were due a blessing in the form of land, it was a promise from the Lord.
Usually, when we hear or receive a promise from God, we like to believe we are on the first thing smokin’ and are gunning for what’s ours.
However, this is not so for the seven remaining tribes. For some reason, Joshua had to remind them what was theirs. It was almost like they were waiting for Joshua's command as if the initial instructions were not enough.
When Joshua asked, "how long will you neglect to go and possess the land", he was telling and asking them, ‘why are you waiting?’ Why are you waiting for someone to hold your hand? Why are you waiting for a big sign a push? Why are you waiting until you think the time is right, to do that which the Lord has already given you???
The more you continue to think about it, the sillier it sounds. For example, if you had a nice hot plate of your favorite food sitting on the dining table, you’re not going to wait for your neighbor to start eating, especially after the blessing. You don’t need a co-signer, you’re going all in on your food.
So why is it that most of us are like the seven remaining tribes? We've heard the excellent report of the land, so we know it's flowing with ‘milk and honey'. We've meditated on the scriptures and spent intimate time in His presence, so we're sure of His voice. But, we're stuck, and we're waiting.
At times, we create an illusion of waiting that's wrapped in fear. We might say, we're waiting for confirmation when really everything is already mapped out. We may even say that we're waiting for the perfect timing when the time is now. It’s not that we’re unsure of what we’ve heard, it’s that we’re waiting for someone to hold our hand and walk us through the battlefield physically.
We Create an illusion of waiting that's wrapped in fear
The remaining tribes knew that in order, for them to receive their land, they must first conquer it. Their territory was occupied. The tribes knew that the promise was attached to opposition during the process. This meant war, because of such, they presented an illusion of waiting in the form of fear.
At some point in our lives, we all feared the promise. Not because of the actual goodness of it, but because of what it takes to obtain it. There will always be a form of hardship along your journey. However, through faith and perseverance, you will get through it.
This might mean giving yourself a few pep talks as you climb or even holding on tight to what was spoken over your life. At times, the path may seem impossible, but you will reap if you don't faint.
I want to encourage you to pinpoint your fears. Figure out what's holding you back from obtaining your highest potential. Confess them to the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and lead you along your path.
On behalf of Rise Ministry, Inc.
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