Yesterday was a beautiful time in God’s presence at Elim International Family Church. We finished up our sermon series themed “More than Conquerors”. The sermon was titled “Arise And Take Your Possessions”.
God calls us more than conquerors. It is our identity; it is who we are in Christ! It doesn’t matter the circumstances we find ourselves in…if God’s say so, then we are more than conquerors.
The Lord has a promised land for each of us. The Lord had a promised land ordained for the Israelites before he took them out of Egypt. But no matter the promised land God has for you, you have to take hold of it. Joshua 1:13 tells us that the promised land God gives us is a place of rest! It is a place flowing with milk and honey (Joshua 5:6b). It is a place where you will be blessed, nourished and refreshed.
Pastor Gaby encouraged us to arise and take our possessions.
We have an enemy, the devil, who comes to steal, kill and destroy. We protect our physical possessions with all diligence but we fail to protect our spiritual lives and have allowed the devil to steal from us.
Joel 2:25 tells us that the Lord will repay you for all the enemy has stolen from you. Deuteronomy 1:8 tells of God’s command to the Israelites to take possession of the land God had given them.
How can we possess our promised land (John 5:1-9):
1. Get up – Pastor Gaby encouraged us to get up from our places of comfort. Like Jesus told the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, get up! We need to move from where we are to be able to take hold of what God has for us. We need to make ourselves available to receive what God wants to give us. Proverbs 24:16 says, “though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again”.
2. Pick up your mat – In the account of the gospel of John 5, Jesus tells the lame man to pick up his mat. The mat represented his comfort; his identity. The Lord was literally telling him, pick up your mat because you don’t need it anymore; now you can depend on Me! As long as we depend on our mats, whether it is our wisdom, money, degree or anything, we will not be able to fully depend on Jesus.
3. Walk – Exodus 14:15 tells us that Moses told the children of Israel to keep moving. Jesus wants us to walk; to move from our place of comfort and move toward the land God wants us to possess so that we can experience God’s rest.
Let us be encouraged to get up, pick up our mats and walk into God’s freedom and rest!
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