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The Promised Land

  • Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you, and all this people, to the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread on, to you have I given it, as I spoke to Moses. Joshua 1:2'3 WEB

    God sent plagues on Egypt until they released His people (Ex 13:15). He went before them as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21). He parted the sea so they could cross safely (Ex. 14:21). He fed them mana from heaven for forty years, and their clothing did not wear out (Neh. 9:21).

    God had done it all until then, but from here on they were going to be working together. To take the promised land, the Israelites were going to have to fight for it, city by city. God told Joshua 'Every place that you set your foot, I will give you' (Joshua 1:3) but Joshua died before they took it all (Judges 1:1).

    It was now up to the Israelites to work with God and conquer the existing inhabitants of the land, and the ones that they did not drive out, became thorns in their sides and a snare to them (Judges 1:32, 2:3). What they allowed to stay, God allowed to stay.

    Israel crossed the Jordon river (Joshua 3:17), we can see it as a form of baptism. Then they were circumcised at Gigal (Joshua 5:2) renewing a covenant relationship with God. To us it is circumcision of the heart (Rom. 2:29), but it is still a covenant relationship, an agreement, a contract.

    The first city they went up against was Jericho, and all the gold and silver were to be brought into the treasury of the Lord (Joshua 5:19). We can see this as tithing, or giving to God first and it is the first city that you will come to in your Christian walk. God will test you to see who you love the most, Him or your money. Achan just couldn't do it and kept some for himself, then Israel lost the next battle at Ai for God was no longer with them (Joshua 7:1).

    Today, God takes cares of what we cannot. He created salvation and redemption because we could not. Think of that as crossing the Jordon river into the promised land. Now you are saved and your feet are in the promised land, but it is not entirely yours until you work with God to take the rest of it by force.

    Jesus said, 'That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts, covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man' (Mark 7:20).

    What you allow to remain inside of you, God allows as well. Our hate, anger, bitterness, greed, lust, jealousy, strife, addictions will stay as long as we 'tolerate' them. When we decide to get rid of them, God will help us. It is a battle that we fight together with God.

    God worked with the Israelites as they took their promised land. He rained hailstones down on some of their enemies (Joshua 10:11) and sent hornets after others (Joshua 24:!2). He will work with us as well to take back our land.

    The enemies that we face will do anything to stay just as theirs did. The Gibeonites lied to the Israelite leaders and got them to sign a treaty of peace. The Israelites did not inquire of God but followed their own judgment (Joshua 9:14).

    Everyone that gets serious with God knows when He puts His finger on something in their life that needs to change. Work with God to stomp out the bad and bring forth a harvest of good in your life. Take down the strongholds one at a time as God brings you to them. Take control of what is rightfully yours, your own body, your mind, and your mouth.

    Prayer: Father, I pray that You give me the grace to change for the better. Don't let me stay the same! Break me out of the shell that I have formed, deliver me and set me from the things that bind me. Help me see clearly what needs to change, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen.
November 5, 2015
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Wonderful message, thanks Pastor Todd for allowing the Lord to use you.
November 5, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Amen
November 5, 2015
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Colleen Horn
Colleen Horn As always, your message is a blessing. I read it first thing in the morning. Thank you. And the new mobile chat is great. Have a blessed day :)
November 5, 2015
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Thank you for this article, Pastor Todd, this is something I have been struggling with for a while now. But the Lord can help me to overcome this and I am very grateful, to you and to the Lord for all the help. Have a blessed day, Pastor Todd, may the Lord be with you.
November 5, 2015
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez Amen! How I can relate to this in my life right now! May my trust be in the Lord as I die to myself that I may live a resurrected life in Jesus. 
November 5, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Thank you for the reminder that It is a battle that we fight together with God! Praise God he walks with us through the fire! My strength and hope is in his goodness :)  Truly>> it is God's battle>> we only need to give it to him>> he has already won!! Wonderful inspiration Pastor! Thank you so much:) Keep the blessings coming!!! Father, I pray that You give me the grace to change for the better. Don't let me stay the same! Break me out of the shell that I have formed, deliver me and set me from the things that bind me. Help me see clearly what needs to change, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.      AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!
November 5, 2015
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flavio garcia
flavio garcia Very well said.amen! 
November 5, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, Thank you Pastor Dion for the daily word it is always a blessing to start the day out with words from the Lord.
November 5, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you God amen
November 5, 2015
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flavio garcia
flavio garcia Thank you jesus for helping me get this far.i submit the other area's in my life that you know need change . amen . thank you pastor for yr encouraging words of wisdom and prayers.
November 5, 2015
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Amen! Great word Pastor D. 
November 5, 2015
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark This was s great message l needed it praise God 
November 5, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God keeps chipping away at this diamond to make it even more brillent and beautiful. I pray that God will keep making me what He wants me to be. He is not finished with me yet.
November 5, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I am living proof of the Lord's work in removal of addictions.  When I was in my twenties He took away drugs when I found Jesus. Then a few years later cigarettes and then alcohol. They went in stages in a period of 30 some odd years. They were taken away as His Holy Spirit sent fiery conviction.  I  am sure He will continue to remove anything that needs to be removed, as He continues the good work He started in me.
November 5, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I love today's prayer and message! I always said the 12-Step programs work so well because when we surrender to God, real and lasting change takes place.For what is impossible to man is VERY possible to God, and my life is proof of that!
November 5, 2015
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Rob Clements
Rob Clements I just prayed something similar to this post this morning. It's amazing how he works threw all of us ! God is awesome !!!
November 5, 2015
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for this message.It was just what I needed to hear. God is amazing. Changes are taking place in my life.Thank you for your Ministry.
November 5, 2015
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen and Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for your awesome words of encouragement from the God, and your heartfelt prayer. God bless you and your family.
November 5, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!
November 6, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler So true!
November 6, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
November 8, 2015