Today you should read: Deuteronomy 2:26-37
I really like verse 31 from our passage today. Here it is in four different versions.
The LORD said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.” (NIV)
“Then the LORD said to me, ‘Look, I have begun to hand King Sihon and his land over to you. Begin now to conquer and occupy his land.’ (NLT)
And the LORD said to me, ‘Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to take possession, that you may occupy his land.’ (ESV)
“The LORD said to me, ‘See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to occupy, that you may possess his land.’ (NASB)
Begin to conquer and possess. Begin now to conquer and occupy. Begin to take possession. Begin to occupy. When I read those phrases I want to go conquer something. I want to go take a big, bold faith step and watch God act on a big, bold promise.
The Lord had already promised Moses that the land he was to take had already been given to him in verses 27-31. God told Moses to move in and possess the land. Moses did what God said to do. God did what He said He would do, and they took the land.
God has made some big promises to us. He promises that if we trust in Him, He will give us wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). He promises eternal life to all who know Him (I John 5:13). He promises that His grace is sufficient for salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). He promises that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (I Cor. 10:13). He promises that all things work together for the good for His children (Romans 8:28). He promises to supply all that we need (Matthew 6:25-34). He promises to produce fruit in our lives (John 15:5). God promises that He has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11). God promises peace of mind (John 16:33). God promises that the Holy Spirit will direct and empower us (John 16:7-16). I could go on and on about His promises.
When I see God’s promises, I want to go conquer and take possession of the promises that He has made to me. Believing God’s promises and acting on them isn’t always easy, but the rewards are always worth the obedience.
I don’t know about you, but I plan on conquering and taking possession of His promises today.
Posted by:Rich Duffield