TAKING GROUND: Surveying Your Land
If you are going to see the land God has for you, if you are going to begin to take possession and occupy it, you are going to need REVELATION (unable to be seen with the natural eye) from God for ground He has for you!
Biblical Surveys of God-Given Land:
Garden Of Eden: Genesis 2:8, ESV And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. (gan – and enclosure, garden - from ganaan – to cover, surround or defend)
Promised Land - Deuteronomy 11:23-25,
Land Assigned To 12 Tribes - Joshua 13-21
David’s Lot Lines: Psalm 16:5–6, ESV The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance
If My Life’s Lot Lines…
Have been planned for me - Jeremiah 29:11, ESV For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Have been prepared for me - 1 Corinthians 2:9–10, ESV …what God has prepared for those who love him”
Are mine to possess - Philippians 3:12, NIV …but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
How do I know where my lot lines actually fall?
1. My Lot Lines Are Delineated In The Word of God
Psalm 119:105, ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Read God’s Word:
As you read, learn to trust the survey lines - God has your best in mind!
The Word Reveals Key Things That God Has Or Your Life:
Salvation - 2 Peter 3:9, ESV … not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9, ESV
Forgiveness - 1 John 1:9, ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Resources - Philippians 4:19, ESV And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Good Things - No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11, ESV
Healing - James 5:14–15, ESV Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Holy Spirit - Luke 11:13, ESV …how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
The Word Reveals Key Things He Wants You To Avoid:
Forgiveness - Ephesians 4:32, ESV Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Theft - Ephesians 4:28, ESV Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Words That Kill - 1 Peter 2:1, ESV So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
Drunkenness - Ephesians 5:18, ESV And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Sex Outside of Marriage - 1 Corinthians 6:18, ESV Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
2. My Lot Lines Are Unearthed By Spiritual Leaders
Ephesians 2:10, ESV For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 4:11–12, ESV And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
3. My Lot Lines Are Disclosed By The Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 2:9–10, ESV But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
inspired written word
inspired spoken word
Word of Wisdom
Word of Knowledge
Life often creates distance between what God has spoken and what we are experiencing – DREAM AGAIN!!!
Joshua 21:43–45, ESV Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.
4. Marked By My Surrendered Heart
Our Heart Is Wicked - Jeremiah 17:9, ESV The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Our Heart Can Be Cleansed - Acts 15:9, ESV and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.
His Desires Become Our Desires - Psalm 37:4, ESV Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
People who have surrendered hearts to God shouldn’t be afraid to make decisions about what’s next or what to chase after if it’s in their heart.