“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”
– Philippians 3:12
Did you know that just because God gives you a promise that does not mean it is automatically yours? No, you have to believe it and take hold of it to make it yours! In order to experience a thriving faith--the abundant life to the full--we must take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of for us and placed in us. (Philippians 3:12)
After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, that first generation of slaves-set-free were not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Their grumbling and unbelief kept life to the full at arms’ length. But when the next generation came along, they believed God would do what He said He would do. They moved forward to take hold of the promises, and lived bold to claim what their parents never saw. What made the difference? Let’s take a look.
After the death of Moses, God said to Joshua, Moses’ aide, “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them--I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:2-3, 5-7)
I love miracles. Don’t you? I love reading about times when God mysteriously and supernaturally intervenes in someone’s life--times when what was impossible with man became a reality with God. But almost every time, God performed a miracle in the Bible, He required men and women to participate--to put their foot down.
Yes, God does miracles. And in every one of the marvels, God’s power followed someone’s obedience. The key to experiencing the abundant life of relationship with Christ is obedience, and most people don’t even like the word. But it is the
pathway to the faith you long for.
“Even the smallest bit of obedience opens heaven, and the deepest truths of God immediately become yours. Yet God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already.”