By God’s command, Moses transferred to Joshua the responsibility of leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land.
However, Moses’ death made Joshua feel downcast. The Lord then had to intervene and encourage him for the mission.
…Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Joshua 1.2
In other words: get up right now and take possession of the Promised Land with the Spirit of the Promise
What does this have to do with the followers of the Lord Jesus, the New Israel, today?
The children of Israel were freed from Egyptian slavery and kept the conviction of God’s promise to “bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3.8.
Moved by the power of this Promise, they went out into the desert. There was no tangible guarantee that this would actually happen.
The Spirit of the Promise
The fact is that the Promise that came out of God’s mouth convinced them of this reality, which until then had been invisible.
But now, before the Promised Land, Moses was dead.
Their leader was dead, but the Spirit of Promise was not.
The Spirit of the Promise does not die or revoke His Word.
This is the Spirit of the Christian faith.
The Spirit of the Promise testifies with our spirit that His Word will be fulfilled.
This pearl of revelation is not cast to pigs, nor is the holiness of the Word given to dogs. Matthew 7.6
But those who are led by the Spirit, who do not see and believe, like Joshua and Caleb, take possession of the Promise.
We were slaves to addictions, complexes, depression, fears, doubts, and religions just like the Hebrews in Egypt. And like they were freed and led by the Spirit of the Promise into a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, the followers of the Lord Jesus should do the same.
If these stiff-necked people obtained a promise, why wouldn’t those redeemed by the blood of the Son of God and sealed with the Spirit of the Promise not have the same right to their land flowing with milk and honey?
Isn’t this good and large land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the abundant life promised by the Lord Jesus?
So, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it!” Numbers 13.30