Possessing Your Possessions
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Isaiah 54: 1-8; Deuteronomy 8:7-9
Sunday 9th February 2014
In the course of this series ‘Enlarging the Boundary of my territory’, we have looked at four messages, namely: ‘The Unlimited God’, ‘Enlarge Your Capacity For Your Blessings’, ‘What Does Enlargement Mean To Us?’ and the message we examined last week, ‘Breaking the Barriers of Limitation’.
Here again are the barriers from the last message that you need to break in order to experience enlargement: (a) The Barrier of the Familiar. (b) The Barrier of Human Limitations (c) The Barrier of the Past, and lastly (d) The Barrier of Self-Limitation. Here are the three things you need to do in order to overcome these barriers: (a) Recognise that God is with you (b) Change Your Perspective and lastly (c) Walk in faith.
As we conclude this series today, I want to share with you a message I have titled, ‘Possessing Your Possessions’. Every one of us has a possession and promise in God. However, those promises need to manifest in the natural form, before you can enjoy its benefits, otherwise they may as well remain non-existent. Today, I want to share with you strategies that you need in order to engage with those God-given promises and convert them into realities.
From our foundation scriptures in Isaiah 54, let’s read verses 2 and 3: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.”
I want to submit to you today, that God has a plan for your life, despite all the challenges you may be facing presently. Here is an account of God’s plans for the Israelites as recorded in Deuteronomy 8:7-9: "For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper". He has the same plans for you, and intends to give you His very best. Another description of the promised destination is recorded in Deuteronomy 11:10-12.
From these passages, we can conclude that there is a possession and an inheritance, prepared by God with your name on it. He says He is taking you to that promised destination, so be rest assured that you will get there. As long as God is the one taking you, all will be well. No devil will be able to stop you; no juju, no hex, no malediction, no curse, no spell is big enough to stop you!
Every miracle of God has two parts to it – there is the God part (giving the promise), and the man part (taking the necessary actions for the fulfilment of the promise). Now, even though God has spoken about the great and mighty things He wants to do in your life, you have the responsibility to do your part in order to possess your inheritance. These promises place responsibilities on you to take action; for to every promise, there must be a corresponding action.
Just as God spoke to the children of Israel to go and possess the land, so must you also step out. In the same way that He moved the children of Israel from the land of bondage to the land of Canaan, you need to understand that where you are today is not God’s ultimate best for you. This is how Deuteronomy 1:6-8 puts it: "The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: 'You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighbouring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers — to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — to give to them and their descendants after them.'
It’s time to do something with the promises you have, as the bible declares that faith without corresponding works is dead, so you cannot stay where you are. Doing nothing about the promise of enlargement and then expecting something to happen, is living without putting your faith to work.
Deuteronomy 1:19 reads: "So we departed from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorites, as the Lord our God had commanded us".
Conversely, Horeb could describe your present condition or your current location. Horeb in Hebrew from the word ‘Choreb’, from root word ‘Chorbath’ means a desert, a place of waste, of ruin, desolation, drought, and a dry land. Each of us have a situation we could describe as an ‘Horeb’ in our lives; a situation that is not God’s best for you. The children of Israel eventually left Horeb and moved forward, so must we!
Let me share with your five truths you must understand in order to possess your possessions:
1. Recognise the omnipotence of God: Recognise the awesome resources available in God. God is El-Shaddai, meaning He is more than enough for every circumstance. He is a God of abundance, who can do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you may ever ask or think. He can do anything, for with Him nothing shall be impossible (Ephesians 3:20, Luke 1:37).
2. Recognise that God is mindful of you: God always has you on his mind. He is always thinking of you. His plan for you is to prosper you. Psalm 115:12 puts it aptly; ‘The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.’
3. Recognise that you have a glorious future in Christ: Your best days are not behind you but ahead of you. Here is Jeremiah 31:17; ‘There is hope in your future, says the Lord that your children shall come’.
4. Recognise that you have been equipped and empowered by God: You have been equipped and empowered to take hold of whatever God has promised you. The fact that He promised you is the proof that you can take it. God will not give you what you cannot handle – the moment God releases his promises, it means you have been empowered to walk in the reality of that promise. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
5. Understand that the storms of life do not invalidate the promises of God: God’s plan for your life is not subject to your background, storms that you’ve been through, economic situation, colour and race. Isaiah 46:10 says ‘Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’
Here are the five things that needs to take place in order to possess your possessions:
1. You need a word from God and you must embrace the Word: God gave a generational blessing to Abraham, as recorded in Genesis 12:7 and Deuteronomy 8:7 which he passed down to Isaac, Isaac to Jacob, and then to the twelve tribes of Israel, which we are beneficiaries of today. The first stage in possessing your possession is to receive a word from God; and embrace that word.
2. You must see the land: Numbers 13:2 reads: ‘And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."
The word ‘spy’ in the passage means: To seek, to search out, to spy out, to explore. In other words, it means having a thorough knowledge of; It implies that you need to have a thorough knowledge and an adequate information about the place that God is taking you to. It needs to be stated that God will not commit his best to the hands of an ignorant person, because ignorance can be dangerous. For instance, if God is calling you to become an investor, it’s your responsibility to study how to invest. Remember that knowledge is power.
We have been taught on the seven mountains: Media, Government, Education, Business, Religion and lastly, Arts, Sports and Entertainment. Remember, that if you do not spy the land, then you cannot take the land.
Besides the secular knowledge that you need to study, you also need revelation knowledge from God. Secular knowledge will only take you so far, the revelation knowledge of God will take you beyond. This can only be revealed to you by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
3. You must realise that you are well able to possess the land.
4. You must recognise that God is with you.
5. You must step out in faith.
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