Why they failed to possess what God promised…..


“The Lord was with Judah, and [Judah] drove out the

inhabitants of the hill country,

but he could not drive out those inhabiting the [difficult] valley

basin because they had chariots of iron. “

Judges 1:19

 

“But the Benjamites did not drive out the Jebusites who

inhabited Jerusalem:

the Jebusites dwell with the Benjamites in Jerusalem to this

day. “

Judges 1:21

 

The Israelites failed to drive out the nations they were supposed

to drive out after Joshua died.

The Lord instructed them to utterly destroy the

surrounding nations (Deuteronomy 7:1-3) but somewhere

along the way the command from God was forgotten or ignored.

 

On paper the enemy was definitely stronger than Israel but

that was not a new revelation. They already knew that.

God had already proved Himself again and again that He

was stronger than the enemies who came against them.

So what happened?

Did they forget that God was more powerful than the enemy?

Did they compare their own resources and weapons against

those of the enemy?

 

Whatever they did robbed them of the promise God made to them.

They were promised land by God but were not able to possess it.

Was it fear?

Did they look at the iron chariots and let fear consume them?

Did they look at all the other tribes failing to possess their land

and think it was normal to fail? (read Judges 1)

 

Even though tribes were failing to possess the land didn’t

mean God had changed His promise.

He wanted Israel to possess the land. He didn’t want His

people to settle for less than he had promised.

He wanted them to dominate and rule.

But they settled.

They had to share the land with the enemy.

That was not God’s plan.

 

What have you settled for today?

No matter how hard things get, God does not want you to settle.

He wants you to possess the land. He wants you to walk into

EVERYTHING He has planned for you. The enemy on the

other hand would love you to settle.

 

Are you relying on your strength to fight the enemy? 

Look to the Lord’s strength as you face the enemy. When you

rely on your own strength to get you through a situation or problem

you are setting yourself up to fail. God is the One who is supposed

to fight your battles. When the enemy confronts you face to face

turn to the Lord for help. He is stronger then every problem

in your life. There is no problem stronger than Him and the

enemy knows this.

 

Are you following the crowd?

What kind of environment have you surrounded yourself

with? I spoke about this in my previous post. The people that

you surround yourself with have a great impact on your life.

Get rid of the negativity in your life.

Just because someone says something is impossible doesn’t

mean it’s true for you.

Always remember, someone else’s truth doesn’t have to be your

truth.

Your truth is what God has told you.

We make the mistake of accepting other people’s truth about

finances, health, family and so on when that truth directly

contradicts God’s word!

Let’s be aware of that.

 

The bottom line is this, God is stronger than the enemy.

We don’t have to fear, we don’t have to settle.

We can boldly confront the enemy knowing we are

not facing him alone.

You don’t have to downsize your dream.

God does not want you to downsize your dream.

The enemy on the other hand wants you to do that.

He wants you to fail.

He wants you to think small, he wants you to not expect much.

But it’s all a lie!!

 

God has so much in store for you.

There is no limit to what God has for you.

Make sure you pursue everything God has for you.

Don’t listen to the enemy.

Don’t listen to people who put limits on what you can trust God for.

Make sure you are following what God has told you.

Hold to that path rigidly!

God bless you friends!

 

Rolain

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Why they failed to possess what God promised…..

  1. Thanks Rolain! This is so encouraging and timely for me right now. Thank you for the reminder that we are not settlers of others’ vision of life, we are pioneers of the vision God has given us for our life, and we will rejoice as we triumphantly enter, conquer, and reign with God in our Promised Lands! Powerful post, thank you for being tuned in to God.

    • You welcome Hannah.
      I really believe we have to be aware of where we at in thought and spirit all the time. It’s so easy to get into a rut of unbelief. It’s so easy to think negatively. We have a land to possess and we need to make sure we are staying on the straight and narrow path God has for us.
      Bless you!!

  2. I have just been reading in 2 Kings about the flagrant disobedience of Judah and Israel and I love this message! So powerful and filled with great nuggets of truth to hold on to!

  3. I needed to hear this today, especially during this season of pursuing a vision. I don’t have to downsize my dream! God does not want me to downsize my dream. I’m tucking this one in a special place to come back to when I feel the doubts coming on, the enemy attack.Thanks for speaking God’s word to me Rolain!

    • Hi Lynn!
      I have prayed that God Himself will fulfill the vision He has given you. He will send people to help you and walk with you but He will direct you and guide you Himself.
      His favor and grace are on you and no weapon formed against you that is meant to stop you will prosper!
      Grace and peace to you.

  4. Naconfuse ako. Blog mo rin to? Galing! I have yet to read this story and you gave me a preview. Let’s fight a good fight of faith. 🙂

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