Canaan was a land of great promise, but in order to experience its fullness, the people of God had to face many battles and challenges. It wasn’t an easy journey for them, but by trusting in God, the Israelites were able to conquer their enemies and make it to the Promised Land.
Before they made it to the Promised Land, the people of Israel had to wander around in the wilderness for 40 years because they hadn’t trusted what God had told them. They became frightened of the people living in the land God had said was theirs. We don’t need to waste our lives wandering around because we don’t want to trust in Him! Instead, we can have the audacity to cross over into the promises that God has made.
But in order to do that, we have to have the confidence of who Christ is and who we are in Him. Jesus came to the Earth to die for us on the cross and then proved His power by rising from the dead. And when we place our faith in Him, we are made brand-new. We don’t have to change ourselves before coming to Jesus, but can come just as we are. And then, if we let Him, He’ll take our lives and begin to mold us into someone who lives for Him and His Kingdom. Through God we have the courage to fulfill the purpose He has created especially for us.
Another way we can live in God’s promises is to always remember to put Him first. A lot of our problems in life come from trusting in our own power for our lives, instead of giving our lives up to God. Joshua was one of only two people who trusted God and wanted to take on the people living in the land He’d promised Israel. He ended up leading the rest of the people of Israel into the Promised Land. Because Joshua put God first in his life, and refused to depend on his own strength, the Israelites were able to enter into the Promised Land.
If there’s something holding you back from walking in who you are in Christ, offer it up to God. Maybe it’s your past, an addiction, unforgiveness, anger, an idol, or anything else that is getting in the way of your relationship with your Creator. Whatever it is, let God take it from you so that you can begin to live in His promises and live out who He has called you to be.