The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set out on your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country, in the lowland, in the Negev, by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have placed the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and their descendants after them.” (Deuteronomy 1:6-8)
You Have Stayed Long Enough At This Mountain
We will all encounter mountains along the pathway of destiny. Some mountains we can go around. Some we will have to tunnel through or climb. Then there are some mountains that we must command in faith to be removed and cast into the midst of the sea.
In Deuteronomy 1:6-8, we discover that the children of Israel arrived at their mountain and stopped. We’ve all stopped dead in our tracks at one time or another when confronted with a seemingly massive and insurmountable challenge.
Some of you might be camping at a mountain right now instead of tackling the challenge and moving onward. If you are camping instead of hiking, I’m here to tell say, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”
Turn and Set Out On Your Journey
Turn, in this text, refers to perspective and direction. To turn means to move so that you are in a different position in relation to your surroundings or your previous position. Being intimidated by the mountain results from an inferior perspective, one that will immobilize you. Crying out like Caleb, who declared, “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day” is a Godly perspective that will mobilize you toward victory (Joshua 14:12 NKJV).
Fear is an inferior perspective while love is a Godly point of view. If you are hesitating, procrastinating, complaining, or settling, you are looking at your situation with a fear-based perspective. If you are decisive, proactive, praising God, and moving toward your goals, then you are looking at your situation from a love-based perspective.
Our perspective leads our direction. If you change your perspective, you will change your direction.
Maybe you’ve exhausted yourself battling fear. The better approach is just to turn and gain a more advantageous point of view. Once you move so that you are in a different position from your surroundings or your previous position, you will see things more truthfully and move in the right direction.
Go! The Land is Before You!
Recently, I’ve been thinking about how many places on the earth are untouched by my feet. To enlarge my territories and for you to do the same, we must go and explore territories outside our normal routine or comfort zone.
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. (Joshua 1:3 NKJV)
Do you want more land? Do you want the promises of God fulfilled in your life? If your answer is "yes", then you must go wherever God sends you. Remember, you are on earth on purpose, and the purpose is not to stay put doing the same things every week for the rest of your life.
Your journey here is supposed to be an adventure full of exploration, experimentation, and discovery. Go!
Take possession of the land! What land? God promised land to His people, to you specifically, and to your ancestors. Some of your ancestors did not take possession of the land promised, so it’s still out there, waiting on its rightful heir to claim it.
Ask God what land though. Don’t take my word for it and be mindful that the land might not be in your city, nor your state, nor your country. I believe there is land in Africa for me and in other parts of the world like France and maybe Mexico. Wherever my land is located and your land is located, we must be willing to go! The land is before us!