Take the Land

I love what Perry Noble of NewSpring Church says “We are not fighting for victory but we are fighting from victory.” If that statement is true, then why do we find ourselves still striving for victory? Why do we seem to be defeated? Since we have already been given the victory, all we have to do is go posses it. All we have to do is clean up the spoils. All we have to do is go take the land. But we don’t. Why is this?

We are not the only ones who struggled with this. Thousands of years ago, the Israelites wrestled with this same thing. You know the story. God had given them the Promised Land. They finally get there. Moses sends 12 spies to go survey the land and come back with a report. The spies came back with a big cluster of grapes from the land confirming what God said that it would be a land flowing with milk and honey. But 10 of the spies gave a bad report. In other words, they saw the people and cities that were in the land and didn’t believe that God had already given them the victory. (See Numbers 13)

The Israelites had already been given the victory, all they had to do was go take the land. Today we have the same promise. We have already been given the victory. Jesus has defeated death, hell, and the grave. Jesus has given us the keys to the kingdom. The writer of Hebrews says it this way:

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:11-14 NKJV) 

The writer of Hebrews tell us that Jesus, after He had finished what He came to earth to accomplish, sat down. Now when someone sits down that signifies that they have completed all the work that they had planned to do. You probably had a dad, like myself, that after finishing a long hard day of work would come home and sit down in his nice big comfortable recliner. He had completed everything he sought out to do that day, so he came home and sat down.

Not only did Jesus sit down, but He has His feet propped up on His enemies who have been made His footstool. I believe we give the enemy too much credit. We think Jesus is up in heaven, pacing back and forth, worried if we are going to defeat the enemy. But the truth is that, while we are down here striving to win the victory, Jesus is sitting back, relaxed, using His enemies as His ottoman. The other crazy thing is nothing we do or that is done is going to make Jesus get up.

So if Jesus is sitting down not worried about fighting for victory, then you should be too. You are more than a conqueror. You are an overcomer. You are always led to triumph. You cannot be defeated. You have already been given the victory. All you have to do is go posses it. All you have to do is walk in it. All you have to do is go take the land.

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