There are a ton of “name it claim it” preachers and ministries out there today. Their message would lead us to believe that we can proclaim what we want and God is obligated to fulfill our desires… no matter how self-(centered, willed, ish) they might be. They would claim that such practices are revealed in the Scriptures and that to not demand from God is to lack faith. Is this scriptural though? No. But it does raise an interesting question, “is it ever okay to claim something from God?”
In Joshua, we have now see the promise of the land fulfilled. Hundreds of years before God had promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would provide them the Promised Land. They would not inherit it, but their children’s children would. God always comes good on His promises.
Some see this portion of Scripture in Joshua as boring, but I get elated every time I get to read the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel. It is like fireworks going off in declaration of God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness! In these chapters, the land is divided among the twelve tribes of Israel.
Nestled in the middle of the land division is the story of Caleb claiming his promised possession too. At eighty five years old, Caleb was just as eager and ready to take the land as he had been at age forty! He declared to Joshua, “give me this mountain”. This was not an arrogant statement, just as the division of the land was not done in arrogance. These were simply God’s servants humbling accepting God’s promises to them by faith.
We have many exceeding and great promises as Christians. I do not have the right to “claim” anything I want to claim and pout like an unruly child that God must meet my demands. But there are some things God has called me to claim and express dependence on Him in. I am commanded to come boldly to His throne in Hebrews 4:16. I am promise to seek Him first, and He will provide for me in Matthew 6:33. I am show in Luke 6:38 that receive, I must give. The list could go on and one, but you get the picture.
May I submit to you today that the promises of God go underwhelmingly unclaimed… far too many people pass on what God has promised them! God has not called you to ignore Him and His promises, but instead take His yoke upon you. I want you to name and claim true promises of God… but how?
1. KNOW THEM
It doesn’t help you to pursue the real promises of God if you don’t know them. How do you know them… well, get in the Book. The more you read the Scriptures and meditate on its truth, the more you will know the promises of God.
2. PRAY THEM
As you identify promises of God from His Word, write them down and being to pray for them every day. James says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Wow! What a promise from God. Why not pray for wisdom every day? Why not pray for every promises every day!
3. SEEK THEM
As you discover promises and begin to pray them don’t make the blunder of not seeking them. What I mean by this actively looking for the answers to your prayers. If God promised a weeper for souls would win souls… than look for someone to witness to!
I love the testimony of Caleb, “I want that mountain!” May we have the same kind of faith in true promises of God today.
Daily Scripture Reading
Joshua 12 - 15
“And these are the countries which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed for inheritance to them.”