By Ezekiel Olukolajo
And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God. And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. Joshua 14:9-13;
By way of inheritance, God’s children have become bonafide owners of all good things of life. The birthright that comes with new life in Christ has conferred on God’s children, the right to own and enjoy everything that belongs to God their father! To have an idea of the great possessions within your reach as a child of God, the best angle is to consider the limitlessness of the power, wisdom, glory, majesty, dominion and riches of the Almighty God. Of course God’s possessions and riches have no limits, no boundaries, no beginning, and no ending! As God’s son, nothing less is expected of you because you are a partaker of His divine nature and grace. The scripture in 2 Peter 1:3 says that God ‘According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue’. With this declaration, it’s clear that God had already given you all things; what is expected of you is to possess your possessions. However, considering the situation of many of God’s children, it is extremely sad to see majority living like servants as though they own nothing, whereas God’s word says all things belong to them. This certainly is not God’s fault!
It is absolutely true that all things have been given to you as God’s child, but it is critical you understand how to possess those things which God has freely given to you as inheritance, otherwise, there’s no way you will enjoy or live the life expected of you as a son. To possess your possessions, the first key is that you must take practical steps to claim those things which God says belong to you. A lot of people usually make the mistake of thinking that their possessions will come to them on a platter of Gold with no efforts on their part, how wrong! At the time God gave the Promised Land to the children of Israel, it was not a vacant land; in fact the land was fully occupied by the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and the Girgashites who were the original owners and occupiers. To take actual possession of the land, the children of Israel firmly stood their ground, fought and claimed that which God had declared to be their inheritance by prevailing against and displacing the Canaanites. You also can have all good things of life which God says are your inheritance as long as you are prepared to take practical steps to possess them.
Another vital key you require to possess your possessions is knowledge. Hosea 4:6A says ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’. Without adequate knowledge of what Christ has done for you, you can’t help being deprived, you may spend the rest of your life not enjoying those things which have been freely given to you. The scripture in Obadiah 1:17 says ‘But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions’. From this scripture, it’s obvious that you cannot possess your possessions until you’re delivered. The great deliverance you require to possess your possessions is deliverance from bondage of ignorance. It will be extremely difficult for you to possess those things which are legitimately yours if you’re not even aware they belong to you in the first place! The reason a lot of God’s children are being plagued by sickness and diseases is not because healing is unavailable; the reason majority of God’s children are wallowing in poverty is not because prosperity is inaccessible; the reason many of God’s children are not enjoying victory over their enemies is not because Christ has not overcome the enemies, the reason is simply because they are ignorant of their inheritance through Christ. To be free from the bondage of ignorance, you must actively seek for knowledge through reading, studying and meditating on the word of God. In addition to these, you must also be sensitive to your environment to know when opportunities are presenting themselves. What do you do with the information at your disposal? It is not enough to have information; information must lead to transformation of your situation!
Finally, to possess your possessions you must never give up. The problem with most of us is that we give up too quickly. It does not matter the situation or circumstance, you will surely hit breakthrough if you refuse to give up. In the above passage for instance, Joshua, at eighty-five (85) years did not give up nor become lazy in claiming his possession of the land given to him forty-five (45) years earlier. If Joshua did not give up even for the reason of age, but led a troop of soldiers against the giants –sons of Anakim to possess Hebron what’s your excuse? If Joshua did not retire at eighty-five to sit back and accept the situation, but pushed himself forward to action and received heaven’s backing, what’s your excuse? God does not waste His grace on those who have decided to give up, it was when God saw the courageous heart of Joshua to press on and possess the land of his inheritance that He released divine strength that helped him in the battle. Dearly beloved, don’t give up, you too like Caleb can say ‘give me this mountain’. Move on, don’t stop, anywhere you step with the soles of your feet has been given to you – possess your possessions!
Ezekiel Olukolajo is a Ezekiel is an Insurance practitioner by profession and a teacher of the word by calling. He also serves as a resident Pastor in an Evangelical Church. Ezekiel can be reached at: [email protected]