Possessing My Possession

5 08 2013

When God sets us free from bondage, there are some things we need to know:

There is a Promised Land for us

– which does not refer to heaven (because…)

There are giants in the land!

(And there are no giants for us to fight in heaven!)

There is work for us to do.

God will not do for us those things which we are capable of doing ourselves.

After all, what good parent continues to tie their child’s shoes or dress him or her when the kid is in high school? Good parenting has mature, functioning adults as its goal.

Taking possession is not simply a matter of stepping onto property, but requires winning victories – one “city” at a time.

God may take down the walls of a stronghold, but our part is to destroy the residents within.

This will take effort; it will take courage; it will take wisdom, discernment, and – of course – our armor.

Only a fool would fight in his underwear!

Early victories may involve an addiction of some sort – whether it is substance abuse, control, sex/porn, adrenaline, etc. Like Jericho, God takes out the stronghold, we destroy the inhabitants, and we take nothing away as a trophy. Everything from this pile of rubble is God’s. Try to salvage anything, and the next city (in their case, Ai) will whip our butts!

With each city taken, increase in skill and experience takes place. We still must fight to gain ground, but each victory is a little easier to attain.

Because of our personal history, many of us were left without necessary skills to face life’s challenges. God graciously provides opportunities to learn the things we should have learned as children.

Some things I’ve learned as an adult is that it is not okay for another person to strike me or abuse me in any way. It is not okay for them to take what is mine. I can think for myself. I have intelligence and can figure things out. If what someone wants to do to me is sinful, I am not being “submissive” by allowing that behavior. It is okay for me to make decisions concerning my life. I CAN SAY “NO.”

Let me get a little more specific.

I’ve mentioned before that God lifted me out of substance/alcohol abuse. That was my Jericho. He took down the walls. My job was to bring Rahab and her family with me (the understanding that God is salvation), and destroy the rest.

That should have involved being re-educated by “taking every thought captive.” I was too smart for that, and took lots of “spoils” from the destroyed city…all my old “stinking thinking.” In my pride, I was content to have the stronghold taken out, and saw no need for further action. Consequently, what should have changed in a few years took several decades instead. 😦

Even so, God is gracious. He arranged for me to record audio books for the recovery program at the mission. As a result, I am finally getting a renewed mind as I am forced to read – and then listen to – every book they use.

In Staying Sober I began to see why some of my behavior continued to be a problem for so long, even though I wasn’t “using” (This is what’s known as being a “dry drunk.”)

As I read my way through The Genesis Process, I was amazed to discover that they use similar counseling techniques as those Barb uses with me.

I am currently recording Boundaries. I’ve known about this book for at least twelve years. How I wish I had not resisted reading this book when I first heard about it. The information within it’s pages are revolutionizing my understanding of what a “good Christian” does and does not agree to.

God lifted the yoke of addiction from me, but did not erase my mind and let me start over. What I choose to “put on” and “take off” are up to me. Likewise, I am free to choose which strongholds I want to take out. The Promised Land is before me. I can possess as much of it as I want.

Did you know that the Israelites never took possession of all the physical land that God gave them? There came a day when they decided, “Aw, this is good enough.”

May we never be content with the bit we’ve conquered, but boldly forge ahead until we have possessed all that God has ordained for us.

For me, there’s a new battle on my horizon. I’m discarding my pampers of “this is not my responsibility” and my jammies of “pride”. I’m putting on my “big girl panties” along with God’s armor. The walls may tumble down at God’s command, but He has given me the job of cleaning out the residents with His help.

Lord willing, I’ll be the one doing the victory dance at the end!

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Here’s a related post – also about boundaries – in case you missed it: Christians Are Not Pack Mules

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28 responses

6 08 2013
findingmyinnercourage

Excellent point, thank you and Amen!

6 08 2013
Prodigal Chick

Reblogged this on Prodigal Chick and commented:
I just have to share this rich and honest post full of wisdom given in way that inspires me to grow up and be all that god intended for me to be. This writer speaks from the heart and experience in the way that leaves no room for denial or victim mentality. A must read for anyone struggling to possess the promise land!!!

6 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

{thank you! \o/}

6 08 2013
Prodigal Chick

Incredibly inspiring and eye opening!! I love how you lay it on the line in a way that leaves no denial ! You have inspired me to put my “big girl” panties on and throw my pampers in the trash where they belong! Such wisdom you speak about boundaries and responsibility!! I love it and thank you just so very much!!

6 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

You’re very welcome. The Boundaries book I’m recording for the mission is a real eye opener. I recommend it for any believer who struggles with the “right” thing to do…especially concerning family.

Thankful to be a blessing…
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6 08 2013
Prodigal Chick

Yes I am getting it today!!! Thank you so much!!!

6 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

I bought a copy of Boundaries and Boundaries for Marriage (+ workbooks for both) on Abebooks.com for $1 each book + shipping. I love their site – the prices are usually very good.

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6 08 2013
Prodigal Chick

Thank you so much for that tip. I will order all today and pray for patience waiting on shipping….. I am ready to dig my heals in!!!! Bless you richly for your heart to love and share with us!!

6 08 2013
cshowers

Hallelujah Tami! What a powerful lesson the Lord gave you to share, and you did it beautifully. It ministered to me, Sis.

Thank you for sharing this.

Love,
Cheryl

6 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

I prayed my way through this one – wrote it out once and had to delete the entire thing, then started over. It took three hours! While my daughter and her family of 5 stayed with us this last month, there wasn’t much time to pray and write. Now that they’re in their own home, I can go back to prayer/writing. That certainly goes much better!

I’m thankful that it helped. The Boundaries books helped me sort out the “right” thing to do concerning family. I sure appreciate the Lord’s bringing it across my radar.

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5 08 2013
Toni Sprandel

YEA!!!!! I will be praying for you to destroy your Jericho as the LORD leads you!

5 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

Thanks! You might also really enjoy the Boundaries book. I bought the book/workbook from abebooks.com for $1 each + shipping/handling. 😉

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5 08 2013
dianarasmussen

Wow Tami. Teach us more…possessing our inheritance-i need to learn how to do this…

5 08 2013
nopew

This is you at your best! God must have worked overtime in your fingers 🙂
I thoroughly am touched by the way you tell your story again While it is risky to symbolize Biblical history, you have (in my opinion) stayed true to the lesson of Joshua. Some of the leftover peoples, however, had a purpose: “These nations were left to test the Israelites, to find out if they would obey the commands the Lord had given their ancestors through Moses” (Judges 3:4 GW). I believe to pass this test requires more than 50%!
Peace

5 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

Today was definitely God. I wrote one post – then completely erased it, typed a new one, and then changed the title. It took forever!

Joshua’s story is so rich with applicable information. It’s among one of my most favorites in the OT.

Thanks for the Judges reference…um…which version is the GW? 🙂 I have a KJV, NKJV, NASB, NIV, ESV, LB, MSG, and RV (w/ Hebrew & Greek), but didn’t recognize this one. 😉

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6 08 2013
nopew

GW is God’s Word, produced by God’s Word for the Nations. It is a translation. I opted to use one version in my blog because I do not favour picking and choosing translations until you find one that translates a verse the way you want it. I will, on occasion, print my own translation if there is a good reason for it. (Yes, I am trained in all 3 Biblical languages). Hope that helps.

6 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

That does help. I use NKJV (unless my ESV is closer). I’m not a “picker and a chooser” either, and envy you your education. Learning Hebrew and Greek (for starters) are both on my current Bucket List. The way things are looking, I’ll have to ask Jesus to tutor me when I get Home!

🙂

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7 08 2013
nopew

You’d have a good Teacher! While I spend little time in that world now, I do not regret the many years I spent in academic pursuits. God makes “few” mistakes, like none! We all have something unique to share with the Family of God.

7 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

🙂
I have to rely on my Strongs Concordance and Lexicon. to really dig in…that, the Holy Spirit (of course) and good Bible teachers. Oh to be able to read the Bible in its original languages. {sigh}

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5 08 2013
Heather Marsten

Amen- God has given us grace (empowerment), the weapons of the Spirit, and spiritual gifts to fight these battles. He tells us we will be ruling and reigning with Him during the millennial reign – seems our time here is our basic training for the future.

5 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

Makes you wonder what comes next, doesn’t it?

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5 08 2013
Pure Glory

Well stated. Each day is a fresh start and God calls us to surrender completely to his agenda and plan for our lives. He doesn’t compel us to go against our wills but he makes us willing to go. An Ai defeat makes me go back to God. It is a process and I’m learning it is much easier to do it his way.
Thanks for sharing. 🙂

5 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

I’m glad that we’re never forced, aren’t you?

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5 08 2013
Pure Glory

Yes!

5 08 2013
teri4sure

Amen. A verse that has become one of my favorites, one that I pray all the time – Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” We are often unprepared for the battles we face, aren’t we? We spend so much time preparing for college, a wedding, new/first job, giving birth etc., but neglect to properly spend time praying, studying God’s word, and fellowshipping with others – so that we can equip our minds or our hearts for those life battles. And I couldn’t agree more – we have a responsibility to do our part. Thanks for sharing!

5 08 2013
lessonsbyheart

Thanks for adding the verse and for your comments.

To arms! 🙂

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5 08 2013
nopew

Excellent point!

5 08 2013
buttrflygrl14

AMEN!!

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