IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE HEATHEN CANNOT RULE OVER OUR HERITAGE!
COMPILED EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them.”
To-day my earnest prayer and desire is that, going towards the promised heritage may come to an end with you this day, by your entering into heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus by an immediate act of faith.
This means there’s a battle for your inheritance! Entering and possessing your “Promised Land” means you must be willing to engage the enemy.
Before the Israelites actually entered the Promised Land, God had already given it to them! They were the rightful owners, because God had given the land to Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 12:7). And after Moses led the Israelites to the edge of the Promised Land, Joshua was told to lead them into this wonderful inheritance.
Yet there was a problem. When they got to the Promised Land, it was occupied by powerful nations that had lived there a long time. Even though the land belonged to the Israelites, they faced inevitable war as they crossed the Jordan to take possession of it. But Joshua refused to back down in fear. He knew the covenant promises made to Abraham hundreds of years earlier were still in effect.
It’s crucial to understand that having the title to our “Promised Land” is not the same thing as occupying or possessing it. The challenge for you and me is to take possession of what is rightfully ours (Joshua 21:43). We must claim our inheritance!
Instead of allowing a spirit of fear to intimidate us, we need to aggressively take the battle to the enemy. Passivity and accommodation never will work.
Jesus spoke of the need to be on the offensive in our spiritual battles: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). We will never grasp our full blessings in Christ without a fight!
Your testimonies have I taken as an heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” Psalm 119:111.
WHEN David wrote these words, he was not in a condition of ease and luxury. He was not in a position of assured safety, for he says in the 109th verse, “My soul is continually in my hand.” You know what we mean when we say that a man carries his life in his hand—that is to say, he expects death, he is in imminent peril—and may, at any moment, be cut off from his fellows.
There was David’s heritage, that portion of goods that fell to him, that piece of goodly land that was his lot— “Your testimonies.” Ah, Brothers and Sisters, I cannot draw a complete map of this estate, it is so large, so wonderful, but, thank God, you can go and see it for yourselves! Walk over its broad acres, lie down in its green pastures, rest beside its still waters. It is, indeed, a wealthy country that is described in those two words, “Your testimonies.”
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” — Isaiah liv. 17.
We never will be slaves.”
“While for our princes they prepare,
In caverns deep a burning snare,
He shot from heaven a piercing ray
And the dark treachery brought to day.”
“Such great deliverance God hath wrought,
And down to us salvation brought,
And still the care of guardian heaven,
Secures the bliss itself has given”
“All things are ours; the gift of God,
The purchase of a Saviour’s blood.”
Time would fail us to talk of all the possessions of the child of God. This world is his; earth is his lodge, and heaven is his home. This life is his, with all its sorrows and its joys; death is his, with all its terrors and solemn realities; and eternity is his, with its immortality and grandeur. God is his, with all his attributes. The saint has a prospective right to everything. God hath made him the heir of all things; for we are co-heirs with Christ, joint-heirs with the Son of God. We have not time enough, in a life of seventy years, even to read over once the fair inventory of the saint’s possessions. There is in it such a depth unfathomable, such a height immeasurable, such an intensity of value, such a wealth of preciousness, that we should need to read it over an eternal number of times before we should ever be able to comprehend to the full the love of God. So, you see, I am not about to describe the heritage of God’s people at large; but I am going to speak of the one peculiar item of that bright heritage which is mentioned in my text; and that is, preservation: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.” I shall speak of this as being the heritage, not only of the Church at large, but the personal and particular possession of every true believer, every elect child of God.
First, then, there is the promise that we shall have protection against the hand of men: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.”
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
This first royal psalm identifies a great paradox woven into the fabric of our humanity. While God reigns over all, the nations rebel. While human beings plot their rebellion, God shakes his head. While divine judgment looms, God offers refuge.
The psalmist wants us to understand this.
These words show us the laughable contrast between the sovereignty of God and the plans of rebellious kings. They scheme against God’s plan with no understanding of who they are dealing with.
While the heathens rage, plot, and rebel, God see them for what they really are.
The people rebel, but God has established his anointed one. While they resist, God affirms his plan.
The people rebel, but God has established his anointed one. While they resist, God affirms his plan. There is a king appointed by God. Attempting to thwart his plan is eternally unwise. His words should be heard.
Part of the problem with humanity, especially those in power, is a failure to see oneself in light of divine authority. Jesus said as much to Pilate in John 19:11: “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given to you from above.” There’s a paradox of power. Pilate has authority, but not nearly as much authority as he thinks.
God’s will for you is health, prosperity, peace, and hope. The devil’s will is to cause you sickness, anxiety, poverty, and fear. The enemy is intent on destroying your relationship with God and with your family. He won’t stop until he has killed and destroyed you spiritually, physically, financially, and in every other way possible.
So which will it be: God’s will or Satan’s? In many ways, the choice is yours. If you’re like many people, your life is somewhere in-between. You want God’s will for your life, but you also see ways Satan has hindered you from full obedience and victory. You see places in your heart that you’ve allowed to become enemy strongholds … places you’ve not fully submitted to God … places where you’ve allowed your flesh to rule.
God has given you all the tools you need to win the battle. So if you are struggling today with your marriage, your children, your finances, your health … or if you are bound by addictive habits, fear, depression, or loneliness … you can overcome the enemy and experience victory over these circumstances in your life!
Don’t let any Goliath intimidate you and keep you back from the abundant life God wants for you.
If you are a Christian, then can I simply remind you that the Bible speaks to us. In the same way that David rehearsed the decree, so too the Bible tells us what we desperately need to hear over and over again.
Jesus requires and deserves obedience as King of kings and Lord of lords. Spiritual and eternal safety is only found by running to him and taking refuge in him. What does this mean? Taking refuge in Christ places our hope for forgiveness and eternal life in a relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords. Taking refuge in Christ means believing his sacrifice is sufficient for us. It means living under his rule and reign. Running to him sounds like this: “God is holy. I am not. Jesus saves. Christ is my life.”
If you are not yet a follower of Jesus, you must wrestle with whether or not you will listen to what the Bible says about you. Will you agree with the Bible when it identifies your biggest problem as your own sin? Will you believe what the Bible says about God’s holiness and a judgment to come? Will you believe in the offering of forgiveness through the person of Jesus? Will you listen? Will you listen today before it’s too late?
We must run to the Messiah for refuge. We must seek his grace not only because we need it, but also because he is Lord.
If you belong to Christ, your battle is the Lord’s. Don’t let any Goliath intimidate you and keep you back from the abundant life God wants for you. It’s time to go in and possess your “Promised Land.” You’re the rightful owner, and it’s time to wage spiritual warfare and take back what the enemy has stolen from you. The victory is yours!
God bless you!
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