GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN . By Owhase Odijie

Give me this Mountain By Owhase Odijie

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Josh 14/6-15
6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea.
7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God.
10 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.
14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.
15 And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.

THE PROMISE
Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent to spy out the land of Canaan to ascertain the goodness thereof and the type of people therein Num 13/1-15.
While ten of the twelve brought evil reports, Caleb and Joshua brought good reports. The report of the ten discouraged the people but Joshua and Caleb who brought the good report encouraged the heart of the people. For this reason, God made a promise to Caleb that the land he would step on would be for his possession in the land of promise – Num 14/24.
He was forty years old then.
Forty five years later, Caleb remembered that promise that was made him then when Moses was alive. Now that Moses was dead did the promise die?
* Forty five years later, the promise was still alive! Hallelujah.
* The Lord of the promise was Alive!
* The receiver of the promise was alive!*The giants that stood to withstand Caleb from receiving the promise were alive!

REASONS WHY CALEB COULD NOT POSSESS ON TIME
1. Evil report from the ten spies.
2. Fears instilled in the heart of the people by the reason of the report.
3. Disobedience to God’s commandments.
4. Giants in the Land.
The first three points were as a reason of the fourth. NOTE.
By reason of the evil report from the ten spies, the time to enter into the promise was extended – Num 14/28-38.
34. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

From the above passage, one could easily deduce that Caleb would have entered into his inheritance five years after the promise. They had to wander in the wilderness for forty years. Those forty years were years of wasting away. Years of hindered dreams. Of troubles and anguish. It was a time of only dreaming of the promise without entering in. May God help our unbeliefs, fears and doubts. May we learn to trust him absolutely even when situations before us seem to speak contrary to God’s promises.

THIS MOUNTAIN
Mountain was not mentioned as a word when God, through Moses, promised Caleb an inheritance. Caleb however saw the promise of God to him as a mountain!
Let’s look at another verse again:

Deu 1:36. Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him wi

THE MOUNTAIN
The mountain was defined in the last writeup as –
* A land mass that projects well above its surroundings.
* An eminence higher than a hill.
* Something of great bulk.
* A large quantity.
We will look at this mountain in the light of God’s promises.
Here we see that whatever promises God gives to his children can never be said to be of low prominence. He places great value on every of his promises. That is why he watches over it with all diligence to bring it to pass.
We sometimes look at the promises of God and its fulfillments as discriminatory. For some of these questions often arise in our hearts when we wait on the fulfillment of his promises:
* Why has God not answered me all these years?
* That person is not even as zealot as me yet God is blessing him abundantly.
* I have totally sold out to the Lord, why is he silent about my case?
* Is my sin so great that God cannot forgive me?
* To every promise you see fulfilled in the life of someone else, you start repenting repeatedly of already forgiven sins. All these because of the feeling that God was punishing you for an old sin.
Wonder then why the scripture says promise delayed makes the heart sick.

Pro 13:12 (KJV) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Psa 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

To devil plagues us interminably over these delayed promises. He puts wearing ideas and thoughts in our hearts. He tends to drive us to a state of frustration. All these in a bid to make us sin against the Lord with our thoughts, lips and actions.
When all the plagues that happened on Job occurred, it was meant to make him sin against the Lord. But the Bible says that Job did not commit the devil’s intentions against God.

Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

IN the old testament, both good and bad things were seen to have come from God. Job therefore believed that his afflictions were the handiwork of God. With such a mindset, he still held on in his faithfulness to God.
The Lord said to Lot, flee to the mountain. See the conversation between Lot and the angels, Gen 19/16-22
16. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 18. And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
19. Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20. Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
22. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
God sent Lot to the mountain but see what he feared that made him not go up, “some evil”. He did not have the faith of Caleb that, with God with him, he would be able to overcome the giants (evil) on the mountain. He feared because he had never really known God for himself. He had always been known to follow the visions of others. He was also known, by inference to his activities, to be covetous. He always liked where he would have an easy way out of things. However, God has always been faithful to him. In his weakness though, he was still referred to as ‘Just Lot’ (2Pet 2/6-9). In the midst of the wickedness perpetrated by the people in Sodom, his heart was vexed. He refused to allow all he was seeing affect his faithfulness to God.
When the Lord leads a man out, he will always make provisions for him to overcome all the obstacles on the way.

Isa 43:1. But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Psa 23:4 KJV. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

There is the experience of waters, rivers, fire, flame and the shadow of death that the believers will have to pass through, such as pointed out from the scriptures above. Assurance is that they will not overcome us as the Lord has promised to go through it with us to give us comfort. Though it be heated seven more times, the comfort of God surpasses the fires of the enemies. Hallelujah.
Nebuchadnezer tried it, and his eyes were opened to see the great salvation of God. For he declared, did we not cast three men into the fire? Behold I see four men loosed and walking in the midst of the fire and the fire had no effect on them. Alas, the fourth was like the SON OF GOD. Through the fire was heated seven more times against those who upheld the testimony of God, he did not fail on his promise.

Dan 3:16-28/KJV
16. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
19. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
26. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

To conclude on this part is that every promise of God to his children is a mountain experience. You must put a very high value on it because God will not give you what is evil.

Jer 29:11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

His thoughts and promises to us is to give us an expected end in him.
Abraham took Lot along with him when he answered the call of God to depart from his idolatrous people. When Lot became rich by the reason of Abraham’s generosity, he became insubodinate. His herdsmen would also not respect the herdsmen of Abraham. In the ensuing strife, Abraham gave Lot the benefits of the first choice of a grazing field. He looked with his carnal eye and chose the best his eyes could behold. He supposedly left Abraham with the worst. He chose the path that led to destruction – The way of Sodom – Gen 13/1-18.

Pro 16:25. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

The way Lot chose from his human disposition seemed right to him. In fact, he chose what every wise investor would call a wise one. It was however the way of death because it was not the choice of God for him.
Albeit, what was left to Abraham seemed ordinary and would not be termed a good investment by a good investor. But God will use the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
When Lot was again asked to go to the mountain, he feared the giants on the mountain. He did not reckon with God able to protect him. He opted for “Zoar” – (Little one, Insignificance). A man was given a mountain but opted for a little or insignificant town. What an irony. All these because of perceived evil in the mountain.
Satan will try to prevent us from soaring high unto the promises of God. He did it to Jesus after he fasted for forty days and nights. He took him to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of this world. He then asked him to bow and the kingdoms would be his.
After Lot chose the better part, if Abraham had looked with the physical eyes he would have been discouraged. He lifted up his eyes above the ordinary. He did not allow the deed of Lot to cast doubt upon the promise of God for him. He was not mindful of where he was coming from but only of the promises of God. Though the land seemed barren he still hoped on the promises of God.
God has given you mountains of promises, he will surely bring them to fulfillment irrespective of the giants that stand to oppose.
We will look at these giants next.

Giants In The Mountain
Jos 14:11-12/KJV
11. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.

Caleb was undaunted by the giants who occupied the mountain he has been promised. All he knew was that, with God on his side, he would enter into his inheritance, giants or no giants.
Forty five years ago the promise was made to him. To this point, he had not made any attempt to enter into the inheritance. He had to waste forty years in the wilderness due to the judgment passed on the people by God for accepting the false reports brought by the ten spies. They searched the land for forty days. The penalty was that they had to spend forty years in the wilderness until all that were above twenty years died – Nu 14/22-34. This was how Caleb wasted the forty five years of his life without coming into his inheritance.
When he was ready, the giants were waiting to ensure he does not enter in. What an irony.

Num 13:30. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Above scripture represented Caleb stand after they came back from searching the land. He was not fazed by the looks of the giants. All he saw then was the great God who conquers giants.
Forty five years of not entering into his inheritance did not change his faith in God or in his own ability through God to take his inheritance.

Jos 14:11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

That was the declaration of an eighty-five years old man. He knew that through God he could take the mountain.
These giants have always been there to discourage the children of God from entering into their lots. In Genesis 6/1-6, we saw how they came to defile the creation of God.

Gen 6:2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Gen 6:4. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

The daughters of men were fair (good, pleasant, agreeable, welfare, prosperity, happiness – from a Bible dictionary). They were so fair that fallen angels invaded the earth, in the form of giants, to defile them. Of course, they beget evil giants who began to desecrate the earth – Eze 23/1-49. The church that is generally referred in the feminine gave heed to fallen angels. These ones came to defile her beauty, prosperity, happiness and dedication to God. The daughters gave audience to these beings not minding their creator.
When man is wallowing in the dirt and dececrations of this life the devil will be less interested in him. Immediately he turns his life over to Jesus, all hell will be let loose on him.

Eze 16:3-6/KJV
3. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.
4. And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
5. None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.
6. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

The man child above, referred as Jerusalem, was born and wallowing in the dirt of his afterbirth. Men and devil were not interested in his welfare. He was left to wallow in his nativity – drinking and munching of the uncleanness of the fallen nature. None pitied him while he was still:
* Worshipping the gods of his fathers;
* Engrossed in the traditions of his ancestors;
* Overtaken by the cares of this world;
* Developed a religious nature instead of Christ like nature;
* Goes into the worshipping of fallen angels.
* Engaged in several occultic groups.
* Used demonic powers and unwholesome sacrifices to power his ministry (church) in the name of Christ.
With all these, Jesus hands were still stretched out for salvation to such persons. What a merciful God we serve.

Isa 10:4. Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Rev 22:17. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

IN concluding this part, we should know that the Lord is waiting for us to fulfill the promises made us long ago. He knows that unfulfilled promises make the heart sick (grieve, sorrowful, prayerless, worry, irritable, pained, sore).

Pro 13:12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

The purpose of the enemy is to:
* Grieve our souls.
* Make us feel that God has abandoned us.
* Make us disconnect from our glorious fellowship with the Father.
* Remove the praise and worship of God from our lives.
* Cause us to sin against God with our mouths.
* Make us loose our salvation.
* Cause us to wallow in our vomits.
* Make us believe that God cannot bring to pass what he has promised.
* Make some people see their iniquities as acts of righteousness.
All these obstacles are like giants that delay or stop us from entering into our inheritances. Just like the reports of the ten spies, they cloud our minds with doubtful reports of the capabilities of God to bring his promises to pass. They inundate us with fears and unbelief. The same forty days the spies spent in Canaan and the devil put evil (giant) reports in the majority of the spies, so it happened with Jesus after he fasted for forty days and nights. Satan brought in scriptural ideas (giants) to subvert the gains of the fast. To stop him from fulfilling the promises of the Father to redeem mankind. At the end he was able to say, ‘get ye behind me Satan’. Mt 4/1-11. In spite of our shortcomings, God remains faithful to his promises to us.

Isa 59:1-2/KJV
1. Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

2Pe 3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

To some persons, their giants are like gnats while to others they are like elephants.
Goliath had two faces before Israel. The one face Israeli armies saw as a killer giant that was ready to devour them. The other face David saw as a dead giant to be fed to the birds of the air. Israel saw through their physical eyes a man of war whom they can’t defeat. David saw through the spiritual eyes a man God had already defeated; as one of the animals he killed in the bush. The interpretation you give to the powers hindering your entering into your promises will go a long way in determining how long you will remain in captivity. If you allow the object you behold to put fear in you then you cannot overcome it. If you, through Christ demean the object, all fear will be banished and the promises will be within your reach.
The eagle is said to be fearless. It takes on animals far more dangerous than it. What gives them such confidence? Their sharp eyes sees the object up to five kilometers away. The eyes magnifies the object before taking it on. It could therefore magnify a much bigger object negatively by bringing it to an object it could overcome. Then it attacks. This wise it could attack both humans and dangerous animals. If you see the giants opposing your promises as insurmountable, you will continue to be subject to them. If you see them as mere gnats you can overcome easily, then you will be victorious and soon possess your possessions.
What must we do? Stand up as Caleb did and fight for the promise. We must not allow discouragement of any sort to take our attentions from God’s good purposes for us.
Shalom.

As My Strength Was Then

Jos 14:11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

When we examine in practical terms the strength of an eighty five years old man, it can never be compared to that of a forty years old. The disparity would be too much. Yet Caleb declared that his strength for war had not waned. It could still be related to what it was when the Lord made him the promise of his inheritance.
Every strength of man would wane with age. Could Caleb therefore be referring to his physical strength?

1Sa 15:29. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Samuel was addressing Saul on the power that had sustained the kingdom of Israel. He called him – THE STRENGTH OF ISRAEL.
* This is the strength that promised Israel the promise land.
* This is the strength that promised to drive out the enemies before them.
* The strength that promised to give them the land flowing with milk and honey.
* A land of fields and vineyards they did not plant.
* A land they were to dwell as their inheritance.
* A good land.
* A large land.
* The glory of all lands.
Caleb recognized the presence of this strength in him. He knew that this strength remains the same yesterday, today and forever – Heb 13/8. That he does not change. He knew that the strength of man would fail. Hence he said,

[Jos 14:12] EasyEnglish* Now then, give to me this hill country that the Lord promised to me. You heard that the Anakites were there then. And you heard that their cities were large and strong. But the Lord will help me to push them out. The Lord said that he would.’

He was emphatic on the promise of God and his ability to help him overcome the giants in the land. The delays of years past did not faze him. It did not shake his faith and resolve to enter into his inheritance. When the time came, he was found ready.
What must have given Caleb so much confidence that he could take the mountain of giants?
* He saw how the Lord delivered Israel from Egypt with a mighty hand – Deu 5/15.
* He had first hand experience of the plagues that happened in Egypt – Exo 9/14.
* He saw the “Red Sea” opened and God made them pass through the dry land while the same sea swallowed up the Egyptian army – Exo 15/19.
* He experienced the waters from the rocks – Exo 17/1-6.
* The manna from heaven – Ps 78/24.
* He saw how God defeated all the enemies who stood on their way to the promised land. Even strong and mighty nations. Nu 33/51-53.
* He heard the voice of God when he spoke to them by audible voice – Exotic 19/16-25.
* He saw the judgements of God upon some recalcitrant brethren – Num 16/19-32.
* He saw the comfort of his cloud and fire in guiding and leading them through the wilderness – Exo 13/21-22.
* Above all is that he esteemed Yaweh higher that the gods and giants standing against his inheritance.

[Isa 40:31] KJV But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Caleb waited on this mighty God and was not disappointed. The Lord renewed his strength that he could, at such an age, decide to take on the giants. He saw himself as an eagle that had just passed through the rebirth process. He felt with the new strength gained, he could take any opposition. He knew the Lord was going to bear him on the wings of the Holy Ghost. Exo 19/4.
It is only when the Lord carries you that you will run and not be weary and walk and not faint. May we yield wholesomely to his dealings in our lives.
When Samson had the strength of the Lord no man could stand him. When he toyed with the anointing and allowed that presence of God to depart from him he became an ordinary man.

Jdg 16:20. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

He shook himself as before to rise against the foe. They took him and put out his eyes. Many Christians have had their spiritual strength beaten down because they became careless with the calling. They have taken God for granted and allowed other businesses share the place of God in their lives. Many have departed from the first love to serve tables. Our strength can only be sustained in the place God wants us to be.
Are you as fervent a Christian today as you were some years ago. What has gone wrong? Are you living on past dealings, glories and testimonies of what God used you to do?

Psa 137:1-6/KJV
1. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4. How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?
5. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Many Christians are living in lands where they cannot sing the Lord’s song. They have entrapped themselves either in the web of life affairs or services to men. Many have been entrapped in churches and fellowships where their voices and ministries have been suppressed. While they remember Jerusalem, their tongues have glued to their mouths – depicting a state of spiritual strangulation.
Is it only in the land or state of comfort we should sing the song of Zion? Paul and Silas sang and prayed in imprisonment and all the prisoners heard them. They that held them captive heard them. God heard them in prison! We know the result, their chains were broken and prison doors opened. (Acts 16/19-36). Their strength was made perfect in their prison state. (2Cor 12/9). They were not ashamed nor afraid to declare him in chains.

Rom 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

When Paul and Silas declared him in their chains salvation came to them. The prison chains, doors and guards they could not overcome by their personal efforts were effortlessly disengaged by God. Salvation did not only come to them but also to the prison keeper and his family. Their strength was perfected in their weakness.
We must not hang our ministries in whatever state we find ourselves in. In standing in our calling we will increase in strength. The same God who enabled you to do exploits years back is still the same today. He has not changed. We are the ones who change due to circumstances around us. We are the ones who must renew our strength.
Shalom.

You Must Fight For Your Inheritance
Jos 14:11-12/KJV
11. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.

The life of a child of God is a life of warfare. For you to gain ascendancy in Christ you must be ready to fight and overcome. The devil will not make life easy for you to just enjoy all the beautiful promises of God on a platter of gold.

2Ti 2:3-5/KJV
3. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

The Bible says every child of God is chosen to be a soldier. There are mountains, plains and valleys enemies we must overcome to enter into our promises. Caleb was ready for WAR. He was a man who had borne the heat of the day. He has been hardened by the experiences he had gained all through the wilderness experience. He saw many who started out to the promise land fall in the wilderness. When the Bible says, ‘… your strength is small’, – Prov 24/10, what was it referring to. This is because one fainted in the day of adversity. The days of troubles and anguish. When promises tarry. When afflictions seem to linger. The days it seems all hell had been let loose on one and no respite in sight. Cases of Job, Daniel and his friends come to mind.
This war against the the believer could be from any angle – Family, Neighbors, brethren, colleagues, friends, church or health challenges. It may even be traditions or old appetites that would be revisited. Satan could stir any source to war against God’s children. In all these, we must fight the good fight of faith. THIS WAR IS AGAINST YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST!
It is against your total reliance on him. It is against your waiting on his promises for your life. It is against your consecration. Against your services in the vineyard. It is against your possessing your possessions which he had purchased for you with his life. It is against the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 11:12. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The soldiers of faith must be ready to take their Inheritance by violence. Joshua was referred to as a branch plucked out of the fire. Zech 3/1-8. Joshua fought to overcome the filthy garments Satan put on him.

1Ti 6:11-12/KJV
11. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

We are being admonished to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness which all are what Satan is trying to subvert.
When we fight through Christ, we will be seen to fight lawfully. Fighting through any other means but in the guise of Christ would have shifted our faith base. Many Christians try to ‘help’ God in the act of warfare by consulting other powers for quick fixes. They see the hand of God as too slack and too slow that it could not be totally relied on. Some see him as too patient to avenge them of their enemies. Some may even feel that the mode of his revenge would not be to their liking. Brethren, the Bible says:

Isa 59:1. Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

One of the disciples of Jesus tried to prevent his arrest by drawing a sword to cut off the ear of one of the attackers. Jesus admonished him to put the sword back in its shield. If he wanted to fight he would invite angels from heaven to fight.

Mat 26:51-53/KJV
51. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53.Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

There are angels on assignment for every child of God. How your order them to work for you will matter a lot.
When Daniel knew by the books the time appointed for their deliverance from captivity, he took up the gauntlet. Daniel chapters 9 and 10 referred.
God sent angels to minister to him. Angels Gabriel, Michael and a host of others were mentioned. In chapter 10, it was reported that Daniel began a fast. From the first day, an angel was sent with answers to his enquiries. The king of Persia withstood the angel for twenty one days! All that period, Daniel did not stop the fast until he got what he wanted. There are very powerful forces that always try to block us from getting to where God wants us to be. You must fight to get rid of them. When God promised Israel that he would fight for them, he still desired that they order the battle. Many Christians always feel that they should go to sleep while God does the fasting, praying and fighting for them. Not so. Most times they went to God on the matter of fighting their enemies, he would say Judah should go first. It is only after they obeyed his instructions that he arises to fight for them. If you are not to fight why did he teach your hands to war and your fingers to fight.

Psa 144:1. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

We must be ready to quit ourselves as men and fight until we get victory.
Gideon (Judges 8) and his men were faint yet pursued the enemy until they got victory. He appealed to the arm of flesh on the way for bread but received none. He was not discouraged but continued with the war. He saw victory ahead and not even the sting of hunger would stop them from victory. He first gained victory over the hunger and continued to pursue the enemy. As you fight this warfare, the devil tries to stab you from different ways with different weapons.
David (1Sam 30) and his men, arrived at Ziklag and met that all their families and what they had labored for had been carted away by invaders. They wept and sorrowed until they had no strength to weep again. Did God see them weeping and sorrowing, of course he did. The weeping and sorrowing never replaced asking. Until they asked, they never had answers. When David came to himself, he asked God if they should pursue, overtake and would they recover? God granted the request. Many of them were so faint they could not follow the others for the recovery warfare. God gave the victory. The victory of one became the victory of all. The victory of any child of God is a victory all God’s children should share in. Samson (Judges 15) fought the Philistines with a new jawbone of an ass. Great victory was wrought by God through him. Then thirst almost killed him. He cried to God in this respect and God delivered him and gave him water from the same jawbone.
You must not give up the fight until you have gone all the way.
This song suffices at this point:
“God is leading us on
He has showed us the way
A way we have never been before
There are mountains to climb
There are valleys to cross
But before us there is an open door.

O rejoice in the Lord (2)
O my spirit rejoice in the Lord”

Let us rejoice in his finished work. Rejoice in the victory he had given us over all our adversaries on the cross. Rejoice in that he said “it is finished”. He had bruised Satan under our feet. All we need do now is take opportunity of this great assurance of victory and walk victorious.
Shalom.

The Assurance Of Victory
Gen 15:13-14/KJV
13. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

Many years before Israel went into captivity, God had told Abraham and also gave him assurance of deliverance from the captivity after four hundred years. This promise happened in the lifetime of the grandchildren. We saw Joseph being sold into Egypt to, according to him, to prepare a way to preserve the lives of his brethren.

Gen 45:5. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

This promise outlived Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The giver of the promise kept it alive, every word of it.
Now Jacob had to go into Egypt where God had prepared them posterity. The Lord reminded him of the promise to Abraham which was still very valid.

Gen 46:1-4
1. And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
2. And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
3. And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
4. I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

After about four hundred years in captivity, the Lord indeed visited them. For Israel began to cry unto the Lord by the reason of the captivity. (Exo 3/7; 1Sam 12/8). God heard their cry and sent Moses to represent him.

Exo 3:7-10/KJV
7. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8. And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Now he had referred to the land he was taking them as one that flows with milk and honey. The way to the promise land was filled with enemies and challenges. The Lord, after promising them a land flowing with milk and honey did not say they would have it on a platter of gold. He made them see the end of the journey from the beginning so they would be encouraged. There were wars on the way; thirst for water. Disbelief and backsliding. Strange appetite and murmuring. He saw a journey of four days turn to forty years. Despite all these, Caleb’s vision was not dimmed. He saw a city before him that kept him going. He kept hope alive.
When David was less than fifteen years old, he was anointed by Samuel to take over from Saul. Though anointed, he did not start his reign until he was thirty years old. In his waiting to ascend the throne, he had to:
* Kill Goliath the giant.
* Play the harp for Saul to deliver him from his evil possession.
* Escape the javelin of Saul several times.
* Escape Saul’s assisination attempts.
* Live in the wilderness, mountains and caves, to escape from Saul’s threat.
* Refused a short cut to the throne when he had opportunities to kill Saul.
* Run to the enemy camp to escape assassination.
The anointing to kingship stirred up the horde of hell against his life. He had an assurance that God who called him would also sustain him to ascend the throne irrespective of the present threat. He did not doubt if the Lord that anointed him could see him through. Having seen the vision far off, he was not shaken by the things he had to suffer.

Phi 1:6. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Heb 11:13. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

When you continue to meditate on the result of your calling in Christ Jesus your heart will be encouraged. You will be able to withstand all that the enemy throws your way. You will know that you have something to fight and wait for. That your efforts and present struggles are not in vain. This kept David going, ‘the goodness of God in the land of the living’ he was hoping to see and enjoy.

Psa 27:13. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

This is what kept Jesus going while he was on earth. It made him despise the shame and ridicule of men, ‘the joy that was set before him’.

Heb 12:2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Our prayers should be, Lord help me to wait on your promises. Strengthen me that I will not be found wanting on the day of your visitation. That, after I have labored and endured all I will be found standing. Eph 6/13.

Jesus said to the seven churches in Asia, ‘to him that overcometh there is a crown’. The reward is far greater than the present challenges. May we overcome and be found standing as we navigate through this life journey in Jesus name.
Shalom.

Consolidating On Fulfilled Promises

Pro 13:12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

When that that is desired comes, it is a tree of life. It brings joy and relief to the soul. With joy and relief comes challenges. Challenges to keep your estate as the Giver desires. For in the euphoria of the expectations met, many behave indirectly like that rich man in the book of Luke:

Luk 12:16-21
16. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17. And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18. And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

There is a reason God is investing in us. For every promise met, there is a purpose. For every gift and talent God gives his children there is a purpose. For every battle fought and won or lost there is a purpose. God is not a bad investor. When he invests in a man he desires results. The result he gets however depends on how we utilize the resources put at our disposal. It is only in increasing such resources, through Christ, that we can sustain his investments in us. When we decide to increase our barns for selfish motives, God is watching and waiting. To sustain the increased resources, we were admonished to invest it towards kingdom work. For, if the fruits we bring forth is towards self, God will see us as fruitless or empty vines.

Hos 10:1. Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

In the narration of the parable of the sower, Mt 25/14-39, talents were given to three men in this order: five, two and one. The first two traded with their own and made profits while the one with only one talent buried his. The man who buried his talent had his reasons which were genuine in his own eyes but not acceptable to the master. At the end the talent he had was taken away from him and given to another. May that not be our portion.
Why would the Lord ask that the Israelites should do away with all the occupants of the land where they were given for a possession:

Deu 7:16. And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
25. The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

God had his reasons some of which are:
* They would be snares (traps, lures, routes, doorways).
* They would entice his children.
* They could influence them to other gods.
* Physical and spiritual Pollutions.
* Temptations for intermarriage.
* Partaking in their traditions and cultures.
* Many more…..
Despite these, many Christians still find it more comforting to relate more with unbelievers. This has a way of rubbing off on their salvation.

2Pe 2:7. And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8. (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

With all the shortcomings of Lot, God saw him a righteous man when he decided to distance himself from the affairs of the people he was dwelling with. You must not forget that some of his daughters were married to these strangers and chose to perish with them. They were totally influenced by the lifestyles of these people that they forgot where they were coming from and their God.
Recall that Lot chose himself this way when he covetously chose this portion of land. Definitely, he could not sustain his family in the way of the Lord in the course he chose himself. After God delivered him and the two daughters from the destruction of Sodom, the taste of Sodom remained in them. This led to the incestuous act that took place.

Jer 48:11. Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.

Moab, Lot’s son, was referred as not purged from his ancestral sins. The taste of Sodom still remained in him despite his father’s deliverance. He needed to have been the captive of God to learn the ways of the Lord. He would rather settle on his lees (deposit, sediment – matter that has been deposited by some natural process {definition from an internet dictionary}). If the father was delivered, was the mother delivered? It just shows the extent Lot went in bringing up the family. This is unlike Abraham of whom God attested would bring up his children well and in the way of the Lord.

Gen 18:19. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Just as you inherit physical Inheritance from parents, so you can inherit spiritual Inheritance. While none of Lot’s children was recorded to have chosen the ways of the Lord but of Sodom and Gomorrah Abraham’s children were said to have chosen the ways of God. The lusts and appetite of the corruption in that land did not leave them. Children are likely to inherit what we expose them to and what we teach them.

Deu 6:6-9/KJV
6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Whatever God does for us is for our posterity. Your deliverance and provisions is for your posterity.
Satan is out to desecrate all that the Lord had provided us. He continues to make visitations to see if there is an avenue or inroads through which he can subvert God’s intentions and deeds for us.

Mat 12:43-45
43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

The hearts of many people are usually carried away from God by their achievements. When the heart has been made merry by the visitations of the Lord, some start worshipping the provision rather than the provider. The enemy comes subtly with some seemingly harmless propositions which he sows in the person. It is left for the person to either accept or reject such a proposal. If you reject, you would have succeeded in keeping your estate. Otherwise, you may have set in motion the process of loosing the estate as the devil will bring in more wicked demons to operate.
How do we now consolidate to keep the promise

Nah 2:1. He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.

* Keep the munitions (stronghold).
* Watch the Way
* Make thy loins strong
* Fortify thy power mightily.
We can’t particularly comment on the above points now. Please meditate on them.
What I have personally observed is that it is easier to receive deliverance than to keep it. So many factors tend to war against our sustaining fulfilled promises. We must watch over such promises, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to enable us bring forth the required fruits.

2Co 10:3-7
3. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6. And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7. Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

God has put all the weapons we need to consolidate on our victory in place. We must avail ourselves of them to sustain our promises. Like Paul said, we must fight the good fight of faith as there are many witnesses waiting to cheer us to victory or laugh us to scorn.

1Ti 6:12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Pro 11:30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Every estate you keep is to enable you propagate the fruits of God’s kingdom. It will empower you to win and strengthen souls for him.
You are saved for increase.
Shalom

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