Continuing last week’s subject, let’s take another look at our Scripture reference.
“And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:19-12, NKJV).
This Scripture describes perfectly the boldness, the sense of expectation, the trust in God’s Word that a disciple of Jesus Christ should walk in today. Interestingly, Caleb, who this passage refers to, lived under the Covenant of the Law of Moses.
New Covenant believers have a better covenant built on better promises (see Hebrews 8:6.) What that means is that we can expect God to back us powerfully, as we stand in faith on what His Word – His promises to us declare. If the Bible says (and it does), “By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24, ESV), that means that regardless of the diagnosis, His healing is available for you to receive. Perhaps this represents the mountain you need to climb and take the land.
The church is the most powerful force on the earth, but that is only true when the church is focused and knows who they are. The corporate church is essential to the life of the world. It has the power to change culture through faith and love and not apart from those two things. In like manner, the individual Christian is called and sent into the world – for the sake of discussion, like Caleb, to possess a certain mountain.
Let me explain. Jesus declared what the church was called to do: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18, ESV).
That is a powerful directive and it is absolutely true! But it has a two-fold application. As the corporate church grows in understanding, wisdom and in terms of sheer size, it impacts spiritually what is allowed to manifest on earth (see Matthew 18:18; 16:19). When the church is weakened, satanic activity is allowed to run rampant. The church has the responsibility to stop, through prayerful authority, demonic assignments and activity in the earth.
Similarly, the individual Christian is assigned the responsibility, through the Light that is in them, to impact their job-site; being a blessing, being the hardest worker there, being on-time, showing love and kindness, walking in integrity and ultimately, being a witness to others watching – and believe me, they are!
“On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18, ESV).
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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