Maybe 2017 has been good to you or maybe it handed you some hard blows, wherever you find yourself, God is giving you fresh grace for the year ahead. His Word is clear, He has good plans for you that will give you hope and goodness and are not there to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11).
But there is something we need to do to walk in God’s good plans for us.
“Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.‘” (Genesis 13:17 NIV)
We need to get up wherever we are and walk. Walk in the goodness of God by accepting it for ourselves. Proclaiming it over ourselves. Walk as if we already possess everything He promises us in His Word.
There is one specific promise I would like to point out for now: New land. New territory.
God wants to move you into a greater sphere of influence. He wants to give us more, and in most cases, more than we could ever imagine He wants to give us. Our circumstances may look a little bleak or even intimidating at the time, but if we stay in line with God’s Voice, it will change soon.
If we have a look at Genesis 13:17, we read in the previous verses, that the Lord reaffirmed and expanded on His promises to Abram. Abram and his descendants would possess all the land he could see. His descendants would be so numerous he would not be able to count them. Now God instructs Abram to walk throughout both the length and the breadth of the land. This was so that Abram could take possession of the land God had given to him, even if he could not envisage it yet. The process of walking the land would have been the equivalent of measuring the land and in ancient times, taking the measure of something was a sign of ownership. As Abram was walking the land, God was expanding his territory.
The same promise God gave Abram, He gives us as His children who shares in the promises of Abraham through Christ. We are to get up and start walking and proclaiming Jesus’ Name over our families, our children, our work environment, our finances, our creativity, our spheres of influence and every other area of our lives.
But what if you just cannot see this happening?
In Genesis 13:14–18 we read about how Abram settling in Hebron, after offering his nephew Lot the first choice of which area to establish his family. Lot chose to live in the lush, well-watered plains of the Jordan near Sodom. Abram chose to live on the general region of Canaan. It often happens to us when we receive a promise or a word that we cannot see it happening if we focus on what our eyes can see. But if we hold on to Jesus and read and walk in His Word, it will come to pass in His perfect timing.
How do you claim your greater territory in Christ?
Let’ start with today’s verse and personalise it. God is saying to you: [Your name], go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you. Get up, walk and declare:
- Jesus, my family is Yours as for me and my house will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
- The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not lack (Psalm 23:1). I have everything I need as the Lord supplies me in all my needs.
- The favour of God surrounds me as with a shield (Psalm 5:12). I am walking on God-favoured ground.
- I am walking in divine health because by Jesus’ stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
- The Lord is giving me new land. (Genesis 13:17).
Continue to add onto this list in respect of every area of your life. You are in for an abundant surprise! May 2018 be a year filled with Jesus as He gives you the land He prepared for you.