Jeremiah 29:11 says, " For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." God has good plans for us. His plans are good, blessed, and bring us into the future He has prepared for us. The key is for us to discover God's plans, embrace them, and then take possession of them in our lives.
Webster's dictionary says ownership is to possess, to admit, acknowledge, confess to that which belongs to oneself. So for us to have what God says we can have, there must be effort and cooperation with God on our part. Hebrews 4:1-2 says, "1Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it." So to receive what God says is ours, we must mix faith with it.
Study this week's outline and learn these simple steps in taking ownership of what God has for you. God has a blessed future for you, so step out in faith and take possession of the life Jesus has provided for you in His death, burial, and resurrection.
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I We Must take Possession of that which God has Given to Us
A) Habakkuk 2:2-4 - (vision - Hebrew - Revelation) - Vision is a revelation of God's Will for our lives.
vv.2-4 - Three Key Truths to Vision
1) v.2 - What God reveals to us, is for us.
a) God gives us revelation and vision as His plan for our lives.
2) v.3 - The revelation and message has the power of God's life in it to come to pass.
a) I Kings 8:56 -...there hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant.
b) Isaiah 55:10-11 - God sends us His Word to bring forth His Will in our lives.
v.10 - Rain is for the earth's sake, to enable it to do its work.
v.11 - The Word is for our sake, to enable us to do our work.
3) v.4 - We are to embrace God's Will and use our faith to bring it forth.
a) We are to embrace, take possession and ownership of God's revelation for us. (Ownership - Hebrew - to possess, to admit, acknowledge, confess to that which belongs to oneself.)
God's Will is for us to receive and take ownership of all He has given to us.
B) Hebrews 4:1-2 - If we don't take ownership, it won't work in our lives.
v.2 - mixed with (Greek) - To combine or assimilate, temper together.
We must become one with the Word of God. The Word must go from being a promise to being a revelation and description of who we are in Christ.
1) Philippians 2:12-13 -We are to make full proof of our salvation. Take possession of your walk with God. Don't trust your faith life to others.
v.13 - You take possession and God will work with us to become what He called us to be.
Salvation, faith, family, healing, church, etc. Embrace what God says and use your faith to possess it and take ownership.
a) Mark 5:25-34 - Woman used her faith and took possession of her healing.
b) Nehemiah 2:18; 4:6 - People took ownership of God's revelation for the city, put their hands to it and got it done.