DCLM Daily Manna 16 February 2023
KEY VERSE:- “And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.” – (Deuteronomy 2:31).
TEXT: Deuteronomy 2:26-37 (KJV)
26 “And I sent messengers from the Wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying, 27 ‘Let me pass through your land; I will keep strictly to the road, and I will turn neither to the right nor to the left. 28 You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat, and give me water for money, that I may drink; only let me pass through on foot, 29 just as the descendants of Esau who dwell in Seir and the Moabites who dwell in Ar did for me, until I cross the Jordan to the land which the Lord our God is giving us.’
30 “But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass through, for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that He might deliver him into your hand, as it is this day.
31 “And the Lord said to me, ‘See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to possess it, that you may inherit his land.’ 32 Then Sihon and all his people came out against us to fight at Jahaz. 33 And the Lord our God delivered him [a]over to us; so we defeated him, his sons, and all his people. 34 We took all his cities at that time, and we utterly destroyed the men, women, and little ones of every city; we left none remaining. 35 We took only the livestock as plunder for ourselves, with the spoil of the cities which we took. 36 From Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, and from the city that is in the ravine, as far as Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us; the Lord our God delivered all to us. 37 Only you did not go near the land of the people of Ammon—anywhere along the River Jabbok, or to the cities of the mountains, or wherever the Lord our God had forbidden us.
In the text, Moses recounted how God gave Israel the land of Heshbon. Israel had no intention to possess Heshbon but to pass through, requesting to buy their meat and water. But Sihon, the king of Heshbon refused and God decided to add his land for a possession for Israel. Moses was commanded by the Lord to begin to possess and inherit the land even before the battle.
The promises of God to His children are true. Balaam in his right sense affirmed that “God is not a man, that he should lie… hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). It is, however, sad that many Christians to whom these promises are given have neglected them; they take them as ordinary words of men. Many believers trivialise the promises attached to the instructions without considering their source. The ultimate consequence of such flippancy is forfeiture of the fulfilment of the promises.
The promises of God need to be believed and claimed. In our text, the children of Israel had to fight to possess the land of Heshbon though God had already decreed the land for them. The death of Christ at Calvary comes with complete package of promises including answered prayers, healing and sustained health, provision, protection, promotion, peace, prosperity and many more. But the believer must know how to possess them.
To claim and obtain the promises of God, you must study the Word and pray them into your circumstances and life. George Muller, an English Evangelist, would search the Scriptures for the promise of God for his need and pray keeping his finger on the particular verse and asking God to fulfil His Word. He always got answers to his requests. The Lord Himself has given the promises and is ready to fulfil them.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s promises are often redeemable on request.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 1-2
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Neglected Promises – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 16 February 2023