“I will give you every place where you set your foot.” (Joshua 1:3)
My mother used to stand at the bedroom door, arms akimbo, surveying my teenage mess and say. “Don’t make me put my foot down.” It was the ultimate threat, the end of negotiation. It was decision time. Do it. Do it now.
God gave Joshua the same tough call. If you want to go on into all that God has for you, then it’s time to put your foot down.
But it’s not a demand that you clean up your act (as with my mother), but a promise of future possibility. The place where Joshua was to put down his foot was called “The Promised Land.” It’s a powerfully evocative line, isn’t it? The same image crops up in the book of Hebrews, where believers are urged to “enter God’s rest.”
“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.” (Hebrews 4:1-2)
Don’t miss out! If you hear the good news but don’t share the faith of those who who obey then you fall short of it.But God says “I will give you every place where you set your foot.”
It’s like winning a trip to Disneyland and then waiting in the car park, looking through the fence. Go on in!
This “promise of future possibility” will impact you in every area of your life, your work, your relationships, your financial situation, your family, your hopes and dreams and plans. Put your foot down on to God’s promises.
There’s an odd verse in Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” A commentator writes: “The “violent” are men of eager, impetuous zeal, who grasp the kingdom of heaven—i.e., its peace, and pardon, and blessedness—with as much eagerness as men would snatch and carry off as their own the spoil of a conquered city.”
Put your foot down! Take what God has for you!
There are three necessary steps for making your move from the way it is to the way you want it to be. Three things I challenge you to do in order to take leadership of your life and your situation. First of all, you need to …
- Turn the Page.
You need to be able to accept change in your life. You need to let go of the past. You must be willing to move forward, to start afresh, to take a new step when the time calls for it. Listen to the first words God speaks to Joshua…
(v. 2) “Moses my servant is dead.”
Turn the page. Let go of the past. It’s time to move on. Edmund Burke said “The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.”
- Stake your Claim.
God made a bold promise to the people of Israel. (v. 3) “I will give you everyplace where you set your foot…” I want you to know that God is making the same promise to you today. He wants to give you every place where you set your foot. Here’s what I mean.
- Claim your promise.
God said to Joshua, (v. 5) “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” These words were echoed in the book of Hebrews, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) And they’re similar to the last words spoken by Jesus on planet earth: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
For those of who you are wandering in the wilderness, who need to make the migration from the desert land to the holy land, I want you to know that today is the day that you can begin. A place of promise awaits you: a place of contentment and joy and peace and abundance and satisfaction. It’s a land “flowing with milk and honey.” And God is waiting for you to enter. It’s time for you to make your move. This is how you begin to experience the fullness of God’s promises (and in the weeks to come we’ll see how all of his promises are fully realized).
Turn the page on the past: Look ahead to what God will do in your life today and tomorrow.
Stake your claim on your territory: Begin to expect God to give you dominion in every area of your life.
Claim the promise of his presence: You’re not in this alone, and you never will be. He is with you always.
Are you ready to enter into his abundance? It’s time to make your move.
This is from Ken’s book on Joshua, What do these stones mean? Message him for a copy