A few weeks ago I woke up thinking: If I don’t take the mountain, I don’t get the mountain, and faith takes mountains.
If I don’t take the promises of God, I don’t get the promises. Grace makes promises available, faith takes them.
So I began my morning reading Joshua 14, the account where Caleb said to Joshua “Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day”. And I asked the Holy Spirit what he was teaching me.
The Holy Spirit taught me, I get what my faith takes. I’m a bit embarrassed to say this is not a brand new thought to me. Obviously I need to give it more attention and practice. I wonder what God has promised me, that I don’t have because I haven’t taken it?
If I don’t take the mountain, I don’t get the mountain. If Caleb did not take the promised hill country, he would not get the promised hill country. He had seen it and carried the promise of God for forty-five years. Now he needed to ask for it, to speak it, and take it. As the bible says “”I will show you my faith by what I do” James 2:18.
The next question I asked the Holy Spirit was: How do I grow faith that is not discouraged by impossible problems and challenges, and takes the promises of God. I needed the different spirit that Caleb had, the spirit that did not focus on the problem but on the God of promise. That with the Lord’s help Caleb would take what had been promised. He would get what his faith took.
I then read Joshua 1: 1-9; here God is telling Joshua, you will get what I have promised as you take it. God says to Joshua, “I will give you every place you set your foot, as I promised Moses”.
Let’s open our eyes and see that God has outlined a promised life in Jesus Christ through the scripture.
- First, I see this promised life as mine through my faith in Jesus Christ.
- Second, I meditate on this promised life, as Joshua 1:8 says “Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (in living the promised life).”
- Third, I walk in the promises. I risk all I have today to take the promises God is setting before me, both on earth and in heaven.
Resisting fear and dismay by faith
Here’s the hard part. If I don’t use my faith to take the promises, I won’t get the promises. God sets them in front of me and invites me to see them, speak them, and step into them. If I don’t mediate on the word of God, I won’t be strong and courageous, I won’t drive out fear and discouragement, and I won’t prosper in the promises of God. We get what our faith takes. The grace of God sets promises before us, but our faith takes them and makes them ours.
The lack is not with God’s giving and promising; the lack is with our receiving and taking.
The Holy Spirit is saying: “Don’t be frightened. Don’t be in awe of your problems, don’t fear that your problems are greater than I am. And he adds, don’t be dismayed, don’t fall to pieces; keep your mind set on me. Meditate on my promises not on your problems. See fear as a lie and not who you are as child of God.”
He tells us to not be afraid because he knows we will feel afraid. We will feel like we cannot take what has been promised. At the point of fear we remember what is promised in Jesus Christ; and meditate on that, and activate our faith to take it as our personal possession. The lack is not with God’s giving and promising; the lack is with our receiving and taking.
Make this declaration with me: I get what my faith takes.
Matthew tells of the woman who had been desperately sick for 12 years. (Matthew 9:20-22) She saw hope in Jesus Christ, we are not sure how, but we know the scriptures say: The Lord is a healer. (Exodus 15:26, Psalm 103:3). Maybe she had read these promises, maybe she saw Jesus as the Messiah, we don’t know. But we do know she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak I will be healed.”
She got what her faith took
Do you see how her speaking corresponds to God’s instruction to Joshua to meditate on the word of God? Meditation is speaking the truth to ourself. She was meditating on the truth. She got what her faith took. She stepped out, took a risk and touched Jesus, and the promise of healing prospered in her body. If she hadn’t taken it, she would not have been healed. Even though the promise of her healing was present in Jesus Christ. This woman is an example to us, we get what our faith takes.
Right now the Holy Spirit is revealing promises to you. Take moment to write them down. As he reveals promises the Spirit is encouraging you to take hold of them with faith. Between you and your promise will be ‘something’ to be afraid of, ‘something’ that makes the promise look impossible or unlikely. Holy Spirit wants you to realise: If you don’t take the promised blessing, you don’t get the promised blessing.
I woke up that morning with the thought, If I don’t take the mountain I don’t get the mountain. Say the following with me, out loud to yourself:
- I get what my faith takes.
- I take the mountains that God is giving to me.
- I step into the promises of God with faith that he is with me, that I will prosper and be successful in the life promised to me in Jesus Christ.
I get what my faith takes and so do you.