Good News From a Far Country

“Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.”Joshua 13:1

Despite his advanced age, God charged Joshua to fully possess the remaining land of Canaan. Jericho, Ai, Hazor and other Caananite strongholds had all been defeated, but there were still enemies to be driven out and land to be occupied if they were to fully enjoy the inheritance that God had promised. Joy, peace, and communion with the Lord are all a part of our spiritual inheritance in Christ which is guaranteed in heaven (1 Peter 1:4) but which must be fought for by faith to appreciate now. But standing in the way is a trinity of evil — the world, the flesh, and the devil which are constantly at work to contest our right of inheritance in Christ. Like Joshua, we must admit despite our age or experience, there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed–a worthy goal as we head into this new year.

Sure I must fight if I would reign: Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy word. — Isaac Watts

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