God never intended for us to live defeated lives. God never intended for us to dwell in the wilderness. Though we must often pass through the wilderness, God’s goal is to bring us into the Promised Land. And for the Christian the Promised Land is to dwell in His Kingdom—a Kingdom that is spiritual in nature, a Kingdom that is supported and built on sacrificial, unrestricted love, a Kingdom where Christ is Lord. The Kingdom is where God wants us to be, and He is willing to help us get there, step by step.
Notice that, according to the text, the Kingdom is a gift from God. He says to Joshua, “I will give this to you.” We do not attain God’s Kingdom, God’s Promised Land, by our own strength, talents or abilities. We attain the Kingdom by submitting to His Lordship.
Then, note that, even though the land would be given, it still had to be possessed. Joshua was told that the people still had to set their feet on the land that God had given. God was telling Joshua, in effect, “Even though the title deed has your name on it, you still must possess it. You still must stake your claim to it. You still must defend it against those opponents that will try to take it from you.”
This is also true in our spiritual lives. If we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have the presence of the Holy Spirit living with us; we have a title deed to a life that overflows with His power and His presence. But we must possess it; we must stake our claim to it; we must defend it against those that will try to take it away from us —the demonic forces of Satan.
If we will not claim the Kingdom, then we will find ourselves forever dwelling in the wilderness. And dwelling in the wilderness causes us to develop a wilderness mentality —a settling for mediocrity, a yielding to negativity, a surrender to inadequacy. Dwelling in the wilderness will create in us a growing resentment for and dissatisfaction with life because we can see the Promised Land, but we can’t seem to get there.
But the good news is that we don’t have to stay in the wilderness. We can possess the Promised Land. God has given it to us; He has urged us to possess it. But most importantly, He has promised to be with us: “I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will never leave you. I will never desert you (Joshua 1:5).” We can walk with confidence into the Kingdom that God has prepared for us because our promise is that He will always be with us.
What’s keeping you from possessing your Promised Land?