the land of the Hittites

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the land of the Hittites

Joshua 1:4-5 (JDV)

Joshua 1:4 Your territory will be from the open country and Lebanon to the great river, the Euphrates River – all the land of the Hittites – and west to the Mediterranean Sea.
Joshua 1:5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just like I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you.

the land of the Hittites

Why did God give Joshua and his people the land of the Hittites? Couldn’t God have found some unoccupied land to bless his people with? I mean, he created the whole planet. He could have created new land for them, without them having to fight to possess it. So, why give his people land in this way — already taken?

There are many reasons, but I want to concentrate on the relevance of that question to you and me today. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we have a mission. That mission does not require that we fight for land, but for something even more valuable. He has called us to claim the minds and hearts of people for his gospel and his Christ. But every one of those minds will begin as enemy territory. No one comes with a ready-made occupancy for the gospel. We must invade the land of the Hittites and claim it for Christ.

God’s promise if we dare to take him up on his challenge is that no one will be able to stand against us. The task will not be easy, but we will always have his help.

Lord, send us to those whom you are calling to join us as your people, and give us the courage to claim them for your kingdom.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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