When Joshua led Israel into the promised land they were actually claiming what had been given to them by Divine gifting - but there was a lot of fighting, of struggling, of learning and many mistakes were made before the land became their own. Joshua said to them, “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that [Yahweh, the Elohim] of your fathers, has given you?” (Joshua 18:3, emphasis mine) It always impresses me that they had to take active (and often violent) steps to possess their promised inheritance.
Should we be surprised to find that the life of discipleship is equally an active (and sometimes even ‘violent’) process of ‘possessing’ our own salvation in peace and victory? We all have giants to face – those seemingly insurmountable monsters which rear up to challenge our walk of faith. We all come up against ‘enemies’ who try to undermine and conquer us. Let us hold fast to the One who has the victory, knowing that a life of faith and trust is ours by Divine gifting. There is nothing that comes my way that Yahshua and I cannot handle together; walk with Him!
Philippians 2:23 (Amplified Bible)
“…work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend [Yahweh] and discredit the name of [Messiah]).”
For just as each of us has one body with many members...