“Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants” (Deuteronomy 1:8, NLT).
To prepare the Israelites for the conquest of Canaan, Moses reminded them of life in Egypt, of the forty years of wandering in the wilderness, and of their past fearfulness that resulted in disobedience to God and rebellion against His promises.
Moses warned them to obey God’s covenant and assured them that God’s grace would follow them as they learned to trust and obey the Lord!
“Seize the land that is already yours!” proclaimed Moses to the Israelites.
The land of Canaan was already Israel’s because God had promised it to the nation’s ancestors centuries earlier (Genesis 15:18-21; 26:3; Exodus 23:31). So, Israel was not seizing new territory from its rightful owners, but was repossessing their land that was now occupied by squatters.
God has a plan and purpose for you. Don’t let the threat of giants or walled cities prevent you from fulfilling God’s will for your life as the Israelites did (and all who did died in the wilderness).
The favor of the Lord is upon you. Go forth and occupy the territory God has given you!
Capture the opportunities God has created for you!
Go through the doors God has opened for you!
Fulfill the assignments God has entrusted to you!
Accomplish the plans God has set before you!
Receive the promises God has made to you!
Seize the day–carpe diem–in the name of the Lord!
“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you.” (1 Timothy 6:12, NLT)