“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” Joshua 1:3
Whatever God has given we don’t have to pay to receive. All we need to do is to take it by faith. And since we don’t have to pay for it, we don’t have to work for it. It is given.
I think that one of the reasons why we are not taking it by faith is because we are still thinking as the world thinks. The world’s way of receiving is that you must work for it. I know you’ve heard the phrase “You can’t get something for nothing”. Well, that’s the world’s way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “and be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” God’s good and acceptable, and perfect will is for us to take all that He has given us by faith.
The world sets boundaries between you and what you want, need, and can do. And those boundaries will always be based on your efforts or works. But Christ came and removed the boundaries between us and our wants, needs and abilities. The children of Israel going into the promise land was a foreshadow of what Christ would do for us. They went into a land that flowed with milk and honey, a land that they didn’t have to work or pay for, a land where there were vineyards that they didn’t have to plant and houses that they didn’t have to build. All they had to do was to take it by faith. Unfortunately, of the twelve spies that Moses sent out to survey the land, only two received by faith. The other ten only saw the boundaries.
“But the men that went up with him said, we be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up and evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, the land, through which we have gone to search it is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great statue. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
These ten men infected a generation of people with doubt and unbelief so that they missed out on that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God for their lives.
So how do we remove the boundaries? We removed the boundaries by seeing what God has done for us through Christ. Romans 8:32 says, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?” This takes care of our wants and needs and, Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This takes care of our abilities.
Now, the only thing left for us to do is to take it. We take it by declaring with thanksgiving that it is ours!