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April 22, 2018

  


   Sermon Title: Go up and possess the Land!





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Deuteronomy 1: 5-8



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Scripture Reading: II Peter 3:18; Hebrews 6:1



Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 1: 5-8


5 On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,
6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:
7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.



Go up and possess the Land!

Taking a closer look at our churches today, what can we see? Do see people who called themselves Christians, who come to church contentedly on a regular basis.
There, as their custom, they had their “worship service”.
Everything is fixed, programmed, and routine.
They sit, stand, listen and sing piously, and at the end, as if everyone is satisfied, they receive the benediction with a great “Amen
But where is the victory?
Where is the growth?
Where is the productivity?
They looked the same! They felt no difference! They lived as usual! If you look at our text, God spoke to His people through His servant saying, “Enough of your stay here! Go up and possess the land!”

Point 1. It is the Call to Advance
God is so ardent (passionate, enthusiastic) for the advancement of His people. In this passage, God says, “You have stayed long enough in this mountain…now set up your journey. Go up and possess the land.” It is both a command to leave the place where they were staying –a place where they were already accustomed, and to advance their journey toward the Promised Land.

Point II. It is a call to conquer
To possess the Promised Land the Israelites must first conquer it. In most dictionaries, to conquer means, “to take over an enemy’s territory by force”.
This is the picture of Israel taking possession of Canaan. Of course the Canaanite people will not easily hand their land over to the Israelites. There must be resistance.

Point III It is a Call to Claim
When God came and told them to go up and possess the land, God had also reminded them that they have something to claim from Him. What was that something? His covenant to them. The Covenant that even goes far back to their Patriarch Abraham.



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