Approximately sixteen months after God delivered Israel out of Egyptian bondage, He brought them to the border of the Promised Land. From where they were camped, the Israelites could see rising before them above the hills which were part of the land God had promised them as an inheritance. Exodus 23:21-33

Can you imagine the excitement and joy that filled the hearts and minds of Moses and the people as they gazed toward the land of Canaan? Behind them were four hundred and thirty years of their sojourn in Egypt — the pain and sorrow, the cruel taskmasters, the bondage, mental anguish, discouragement, and defeat.

Before them, within a few days’ journey, was the land of promise. Before them were all the blessings of the covenant — health, prosperity, daily provision, protection, everything they needed. Before them was the promised rest, peace, and safety from their enemies.

The Promised Land and all the covenant promises were their inheritance. Legally the land and promises belonged to them, but having the promises was not the same as taking possession of them. There was a condition and all the promises God made to Israel were based upon the fulfillment of that one condition.

God had told them: 

if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation (consecrated, set apart to the God) (Exodus 19:5-6, TAB).

God sent the Angel of the Covenant before them and told them: 

obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries (Exodus 23:21-22).

God directed them to take possession of the land. There at Kadeshbarnea, Moses told them:

…Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged (Deuteronomy 1:20-21).

Their destiny was in their hands. They had a choice: To obey God and possess the land, or to disobey God, forfeit their inheritance. and reap the punishment of their disobedience.

You have a similar choice. What will you do?

Make this declaration:

I will obey God’s voice and take possession of the land!!!

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