Take Possession​

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“See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”  ‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God keeps His promises.

It may take longer than you expect and look vastly different than you imagine but nonetheless, God keeps His promises.

God said, “See, I have given you this land.” Past Tense. Already Yours. Deed signed over.

This is your land. He gave it to the children of Isreal but He didn’t clear it of giants and opposition. He didn’t flatten the mountains or clear the forests.

Talk about a fixer-upper.

God didn’t remove the obstacles but He empowered His children to overcome them.

Sometimes we want the Lord to lead us to the promised land like we want to be chosen for “Dream Home” TV Show. We want God to come in, get a vision, tell us to take a vacation for a week and then come back and move into a brand new life.

We want Him to do all the work and give us the keys.

Jesus will lead you to your promised land. He will show it to you and give you a glimpse of what it could be.

He will tell you the truth- that it’s already yours, he paid for it on the cross.

But you are going to have to do the work, fight the battles and clear the land.

He will walk with you, renovate with you, fight with you, clear the land with you.

Jesus will empower you to do what you need to do when you need to do it.

Don’t hold back.
God keeps his promises.

Your Need

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The glorious riches of God have not been used up.
His resources have not been depleted.
His kingdom does not work the way the earth’s kingdom does. It does not go bankrupt, it does not come with sanctions.  God’s measure of giving doesn’t mirror man’s way of giving.  He does not give according to your goodness but according to His own.
 All of it is accessed through Jesus Christ.
He is the bridge between you and God.
He is the payment for your sin.
He is the redeemer of what has been stolen.
He is the restorer of what has been lost.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬
He who has saved you sacrificed Himself for you, stands as an advocate to the Father on your behalf, is able to meet your every need.
What do you need?
Jesus is able. 

What If They Are?

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I love this proverb. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it and reminds me that I don’t need to spend time or energy focusing on drama that I have nothing to do with.

But what if it is my circus and they are definitely my monkeys?

I am implored by God to deal with it.

Paul the apostle had to deal with lots of drama in the beginning years of the birth of the Church (and so have Pastors and leaders ever since).

In fact, being a leader (especially in your own life) means you deal with conflict- that is your job.

This is what Paul tells the church in Corinth:

“But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit? (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭19-21‬ NIV)

If your monkeys are pulling out your hair, you need to stop them and tell them that it is not okay to do that.

You teach what you allow.

Don’t deny it.
Don’t enable it.
Deal with it (with God).

Embrace your circus and your monkeys.

God has given them to you.

He sees what is happening and will give you what you need to do what needs to be done.