Came across this from a mailing list email, but found it really encouraging!!
So important that we remember … maturing in Abba (including deliverance and inner healing) is NOT instant — it is a JOURNEY!
But EVERY step, no matter how little, COUNTS!!
May YHVH grant you the endurance and strength for the road :) Remember too — His Spirit is our Perfect Counsellor, and He is the GOOD Shepherd …
Possessing Our Own Land
“The LORD your GOD will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” (Deuteronomy 7:22)
GOD has given each one of us territory that He wants us to possess for His Kingdom. However, in order to do so, we must first face the challenge of dispossessing the enemy.
Our victory or deliverance will likely not happen suddenly or in one fell swoop.
Since GOD says He will drive out these nations little by little, we might find that the process of transformation toward our freedom in Messiah Y’shua (Jesus) is gradual (Deuteronomy 7:22).
And as we begin to take the Land, we must remember that our victory has nothing to do with our righteousness or integrity as believers, but it has everything to do with GOD’s Integrity, Power, Judgment and Discipline.
GOD makes it clear that it was not because of Israel’s own righteousness that the Israelites went in to possess the Land, (for they were a stubborn, stiff-necked, rebellious people), but because GOD gave His Word to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, and because the nations that lived there were wicked (Deuteronomy 9:5–6).
These words should give us hope for our own lives. When we are confronted by a sense of our own unworthiness, ashamed by our sinfulness—our stubbornness and rebellion—we can still count on GOD’s Faithfulness to the Covenant we have with Him through Y’shua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
We know that our own righteousness is like filthy rags before the Holiness of GOD (Isaiah 64:6) … however, we also know that GOD’s Servant “poured out His Life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).
Through the sacrificial death of His Servant, Y’shua, GOD activated the Promised New Covenant with His people—a Covenant in which He would “forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).
Because of our Covenant relationship with Him, GOD will never leave us nor forsake us.
Though the way ahead may appear dangerous or impossible, we can always trust the faithfulness, merciful discipline, and leading of our Heavenly Father.
“For the LORD will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance” (Psalm 94:14).