Victory in unfamiliar ground

Isaiah 41:2-4 (NLT)

“Who has stirred up this king from the east,
rightly calling him to God’s service?
Who gives this man victory over many nations
and permits him to trample their kings underfoot?
With his sword, he reduces armies to dust.
With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind.
He chases them away and goes on safely,
though he is walking over unfamiliar ground.
Who has done such mighty deeds,
summoning each new generation from the beginning of time?
It is I, the Lord, the First and the Last.
I alone am he.”

Are you walking through unfamiliar territory right now, embarking on projects and adventures that you have never undertaken before?

Is God opening up doors that are very different from your previous pathways? Do you find yourself in vulnerable places that require utter dependence on Him; challenges for God’s service that almost frighten you? If so, then this promise is for you!

You will have victory over your enemies in this unfamiliar land. You can enter into this new calling, new job, new relationship or new location with a confidence that God will chase away your enemies and give you the nations before you.

Whatever you are heading into, be reassured that He has given you all that you need to succeed in this foreign place.

And it won’t be foreign for long because you will rule in the land, occupying territory and seeing opposition crumble as He goes before you.

The Lord is your allotment

Joshua 13:33 (NLT)

‘But Moses gave no allotment of land to the tribe of Levi, for the Lord, the God of Israel, had promised that he himself would be their allotment.’

What an amazing promise to the tribe of Levi. They may have thought that they had missed out, that there was no land allotment for them but God Himself would be all that they required!

They were also given the most prestigious job, as Deut 10:8-9 tells us,
‘to carry the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and to stand before the Lord as his ministers, and to pronounce blessings in his name. These are their duties to this day. That is why the Levites have no share of property or possession of land among the other Israelite tribes. The Lord himself is their special possession, as the Lord your God told them.’

They found all that they needed in serving the Lord and we also need nothing more than to carry His presence and bless His name as the Levites did.

When God Himself is everything we need and desire, we will be so fulfilled in doing His work.

And because of God’s love for them and their devotion to Him, He didn’t let them go without physically either. They were scattered throughout the other tribes and given special towns to live in (see Numb 35:1-8). Numbers 18:21 also states, ‘As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, I will compensate them for their service in the Tabernacle. Instead of an allotment of land, I will give them the tithes from the entire land of Israel.’

How’s that?! They got ten percent of the entire land of Israel. That’s significant. He is all you need and all He has is yours.

Whatever you take will be blessed

Genesis 13:8-16 NLT

Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”

Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram. So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.
After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession.”’

Abram was forced to separate from his nephew Lot because they were both prospering so greatly and he did not want the disputes of their herdsmen to come between them.

Abram offered Lot his pick of the land and he obviously chose the beautiful fertile plains that appealed to him, while Abram was left with the second best. The result of Abrams kindness toward Lot was that God turned Abram’s land into the most productive and prosperous of all, blessing him greatly!

God is calling you to give the very best. By letting others have the first pick, the choicest land, the best seat, the best room, the best meal or even staying back so they can leave early, you are setting yourself up for a great blessing to come your way.

God will honour you as you put others first. You will be very surprised how God can turn something that appears barren into blessed land because you are the carrier of the blessing and you carry the One who brings life and fruitfulness into the desert areas.
Watch as He multiplies and transforms whatever land you may take.

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