There are some generational promises waiting for you to possess but there are some things you need to know before you can securely grab hold of the promise. You need know what the promise is, you need know your God, you need to know your tribe, and you must fight to possess it. I find it really intriguing that in today’s day and age Israel and Palestine are still fighting to possess the same land that the Lord gave to Israel thousands of years ago. I believe part of the reason that they are still wrestling for property is because there were some unconquered territory from the days of Joshua that the Lord gave to the children of Israel while still occupied with the inhabitants of the land. I also believe they are still wrestling accord to the word of the Lord that says;
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.
Just because the Lord promises you something, it does not mean that you sit back and just wait for it to happen. You have a part to play in possessing your promise. You may have to fight giants to possess your promise but know for sure that Lord fights for his own. He will give you strength, courage and strategy to fight and He will be with you in the fight. Some of us are still fighting to possess the promise because we have not dealt with the inhabitants of the land. We are still fighting fears, rejections, failures, self-pity, abuse, loss etc. but God says 2020 is your year to drive out the inhabitants and possess the promise, the waiting period is over, the maturation process is complete. You had to go through what you went through so that the arm of God could be revealed to you. Do not despise the process because it you cannot possess the promise without going through the process.
No promise without Process
I’m particularly drawn to this particular passage of scripture as I contemplate on what it takes to possess the promise.
Joshua 14: 6-15 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea.
I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.
So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”
And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim). Then the land had rest from war.
Give me my promise
Caleb was one of twelve spies that Moses sent out to spy out the Land of Canaan in the above passage of scripture we find Caleb at a place called Gilgal. Caleb saw all the wonders of God, he ate manna in the wilderness, He crossed over Jordan on dry land, he saw the walls of Jericho came down, He saw the sun stood still at Ai, he saw five Kings mightier and stronger than Israel defeated at Gilgal. Caleb saw it all. Now, Joshua was old and advance in years Joshua (13:1) and there was still much land to conquer, so God told him to divide up the land. “Now therefore, divide this land as an inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of Manasseh.” Josh 13:7
As Joshua began to do what the Lord commanded him to do Caleb, spoke up and said, Joshua, I know the Lord told you to divide up ‘this here land’ but don’t you forget that Moses promised me that I would receive the land that my feet walked on when he sent me to spy out the land. You see, it was time for Caleb to possess his promise, when he saw that it was time to divide up the land there is now way he was going to sit back and watch everyone possess their promise. He had fought for this promise in more battles than we care to count. Caleb came to cash a 45 years old check, I can see him carrying that promise in his bosom for 45 years, waiting for the day when he would finally be able to come in and possess his promise.
Caleb watched his counterparts died in the wilderness and did not possess their promise but he was not willing to die and not possess the promise, so at eighty-five years old He said to Joshua. I know you are old and advance in years, I don’t know how much longer you are going to be with us but I not ready to die without receiving my promise. God made me a promise and he is not a man that he should lie. He will not promise and not fulfill. If he spoke it, it must happen. I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the living so as you are dividing up this land, give me my promise. Yes, I know that there are some giants in there but I am a giant slayer, those giants can’t stand before the God that dried up the red sea, the God that fed us manna in the wilderness, the God that cause the flood waters of the Jordan to recede, the God that cause the walls of Jericho to come down, the God that caused the sun to standstill, come on Joshua, you were there, you heard the promise now give me my land. You might be ready to die but I can’t die until I possess this promise. You might be advance in years and not able to go out and fight as before but at 85 years old I’m ready to slay a whole nation of Giants because I have a God that goes before me and He never lose a battle. Joshua, give me my promise, I have fought for it and labored for it and it’s the only thing that is keeping me alive. Give me my promise.
Wait for the Promise
Like Caleb, I believe that you have received a promise from God because the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off; for all whom the Lord our God will call.“ (Acts 2: 39) I believe like Caleb you will possess every place upon which the sole of your feet have trodden, if you follow the Lord. It may take awhile but you will possess it. It took 45 years for Caleb to cash in on the promise but he knew the his promise was safe in the hands of God. How long have you been waiting on your promise? Have you given up waiting on the promise? For a mother out there God promise that you wayward child will be saved but you have yet to see a sign of change, sometimes your faith began to waver and you wonder did you really hear from God. Yes you did! but there is a process and sometimes processes takes time.
Some of you receive promises of healing but like the women with the issue of blood it has been twelve years and still no healing, like that lame man at the pool of Bethesda thirty- eight years and still no healing, like the woman with the spirit of infirmity eighteen years and still no healing. Some of you even have to fight wounded because you still have not healed from the last battle you fought before entering into a new one. You won the battle but you are wounded, wounded from rejection, failures, depression and addictions but something deep down on the inside keeps reminding you of the promise. Something down on the inside of you keeps telling you don’t give up, don’t quit, you will reap if you do not faint.
Wait for the promise you will not die! Don’t you know that promises of God are yes and amen? Do you not know that he promised to give you beauty for Ashes? Do you not know that He promised to heal you from all your disease? Do you not know that he promised to give you houses you didn’t build? Do you not know that he promised that your sons and daughters will rise up and call you bless? Do you not know that He promise that wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous? Do you not know that righteous shall live by faith? Do you not know that the Lord your God gives you power to get wealth? So why are you not living in the promises of God? Some of us are not living in the Promises of God because we do not know who we are, and we do not know what the promises are.
Who Are You?
Caleb knew who he was, the Bible says he was from the tribe of Judah and he was a Kennizite. Scholars and Theologians debated whether or not he was really from the tribe of Judah or just a Kennizite. He could be both but one thing is for certain he had a promise. He would have receive an inheritance either way because he fought for Israel and followed the Lord with all his heart but Caleb was not interested in any old piece of land on the back woods of Israel. He knew where his feet had trodden. Caleb was a man with a promise, it doesn’t matter what his tribe was because he had a promise.
Your identity can only be found in Christ, because there is no other way to inherit the promise. In Christ you are a new creation and old things are passed away. In Christ you are royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s special people whom he has called out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9). Romans 8:16 also, says that you are joint heirs with Christ; you are sons and daughters of God. Your identity is in Christ and in Christ you have access to the promises of God. In Christ you have promises of healing, in Christ you are promise freedom from the burden of sin, because He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquity, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Knowing your identity helps you to know your tribe.
Know your Tribe
So what if you didn’t receive a specific promise like Caleb did? Know your tribe! If you don’t know your tribe you will not know what your promise is. Your tribe gives you identity, your tribes it gives you purpose, your tribe gives you stability. Who is your tribe? Are you from the tribe of Judah? Are you from the tribe of Levites? Are you from the tribe of Benjamin or Naphtali? Are you from the tribe of Simeon? Are you a stranger in the land? It’s important to know your tribe because you will know where you belong because you will become frustrated trying to possess another tribes inheritance.
I almost felt sorry for the tribe of Levites because they did not receive any portion of the land. “But to the tribe of Levi Moses had given no inheritance; the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance, as He had said to them. (Josh 13:33). If you don’t know that you are from the tribe of Levi you may be wondering why you didn’t get an inheritance. You may have to watch your family and friends receives their inheritance but your name is not called. You may watch someone else receive the thing that you prayed and fasted for but you didn’t get it and you wonder. Lord why have you forsaken me? Didn’t I eat manna in the wilderness and Lord you know I did not complain like those other tribes, Lord I followed you wholeheartedly, I did waver in my faith, so Lord, where is my portion? I hear the Lord say “I am your portion,” “all that I have is yours,” “I am your inheritance”. I don’t know about you but I would rather have the Lord God almighty as my inheritance. He owns the cattle’s on a thousand hills, He is the creator of everything, I could not ask for a better inheritance.
Jesus was identified as a carpenter because his earthly father Joseph was a carpenter. I just wonder what is in your blood line. Some of you are entrepreneurs. Some of you maybe lawyers and doctors, some of you are priests and kings. Some of you are intercessors, ministers, leaders, elders, evangelist, pastors BUT you do not know who you are, you keep searching for destiny because you do not know your tribe. If you only know who you are you will know what your destiny is BUT you cannot know who you are until you know your God. You cannot find your identity without your creator, after all, He knew you before you was formed in your mother’s womb, you were in him before the foundations of the world was brought forth. He is the one who will lead you and guide you into all truth. He will guide you into the truth about who you are.
Know your God
I have often pondered what kept Caleb so faithful to God, while waiting patiently for 45 years to possess what God said he was going to give him? How many generations had died and did not possess the promise? How many battles did he have to fight? How did he endure year after year with no sign that his promise was still alive? How many giants loomed before him over the years as he waited? How many times did he cry in secret? How many times he almost gave up? How many times did he get overwhelmed and frustrated? How many times did he wonder if he would live to possess the promise? How many times did he have to fight off sickness and disease as he waited?
I believe Caleb held onto that promise and kept his faith because he knew his God. He wholeheartedly followed his God through hail and high water. Caleb experienced God enough to know that He is a good, good God. Caleb was convinced that God is a faithful God. Caleb was convinced that the God of Israel was the one true and living God. Caleb found his purpose in following the Lord. Caleb knew his God fight for him. Caleb knew his God was able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond anything we could ask or imagine.
Knowing God gives you the strength and courage to possess your promise. Our God is not a God of the unknown but he is a God that is touched by our infirmities, His ears are open to your cry, He is earnestly desire you. You can know him. Just ask him say, Lord God of heaven and earth help me to know you, reveal yourself to me.
You can know and experience God through, prayer, scriptures, fellowship and look for him in the experiences of life. Prayer is like a secret garden that God uses to reveal himself to you. Take some time and talk to the Lord today. Also, read the scriptures and ask the Lord to unlock it’s mysteries to you; you will find God in every page of the Bible. Read His word daily because He is the Word. “In the beginning was the word and the word was God.” (John 1: 1). Another way to know God is to fellowship with other believers, if you hang around people of faith, your faith will grow, and you will learn how other believers mature and grow in their faith. And yet another way to know God is to experience him in your daily life, ask him to show you how He is active in your circumstances. Knowing God gives you the power to possess your promise.
Fight for your promise
Caleb was a man of valor he knew how to fight and he knew that he must fight to possess his promise. He was confident that he was well able to possess it but I suspect this confidence was not in his ability but in his revelation of who God was. He waited forty-five years to possess his promise. While he waited he fought many battles, he fought in the battles at Jericho, AI and Gilgal and he saw God’s hand in the favor of Israel. He knew that there were some battles he could not win if God was not on his side.
Caleb was a man that was comfortable in the fight. Sometimes you have to get comfortable with the fight. Sometimes you will fight giants of fear, doubt, rejections, failures, inefficiencies, anger, frustration, depression, anxiety, confusions but you must get comfortable with the fight. You must understand that the fight might be yours but the battle belongs to the Lord. You must fight with understanding, know that the fight is fixed, and keep your eyes on the Lord. Lean in and listen for His directions as you fight. sometimes he will tell you to wait for the sound in the Mulberry bush, sometimes he will tell you worship, sometimes he will tell you to set an ambush for your enemy, sometimes he will tell you to attack your enemy from behind and sometimes, he will rain hailstones on your enemies and sometimes he just want you to standstill.
If you know that the Lord fights your battles for you, then half then you can say like Caleb, “Let us go up at once and possess the land because we are well able to possess it” (Numbers 13:30)
Lord reveals your promise to me, help me to know you and to know my tribe. Lord, help me to develop the courage, the faith and the patience to possess what you promise me. Help me to know when to fight and when to wait. In Jesus name I pray.