See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take
possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers.

Deuteronomy 1: 8


This was a long time ago. It took place in a country that is
on the far side of the world from those of us who live in America. The
culture of these times would be completely foreign to us now. But for us to say
that this command from God has no application to us and to our times would
badly misunderstand His will and would sadly underestimate the Lord’s desire
for us in this life. I think that God has set lands of conquest before each and
every one of His children. He has taken us on a journey that is routed through
the strange and foreign place that is this unredeemed world. Unlike Moses and
the Israelites, who were traveling toward a specific piece of real estate, a
large area to call their homeland, the lands that we are called by God to
occupy may be a bit smaller and harder to identify on the map. However, they
are still very real.


Another distinctive of our times from those of Moses is that
the methods of conquest will usually not involve the skilled use of swords,
shields, and fire. At least the literal application of these is not a part of
God’s plan. Still we have tools of the conquest trade that require us to
practice and to develop our skills. He leads us into His word and shows us the
truth about Himself and about humanity. He tells us about the amazing potential
that is crafted by His hand in people everywhere. Christ speaks to my heart and
implores me to see the pain and the suffering that He willingly endured in
order to allow my lost neighbor an open door into the glory of eternity. God
granted each of us specific and complementary gifts and skills in order to
serve His will and to strengthen His kingdom on earth. It is up to us to use
these gifts and skills in this daily act of conquest.


The land sits ready to be entered. The path that leads there
may be littered with the debris of my own life and it will be mined with
dangers that Satan has set out to deter my will to serve Christ. But, according
to God’s own words, my fears and anxieties about engaging in the battle are
unfounded and irrational. Christ has gone before and the terrain for today’s
engagement is well mapped by Him. Christ’s Spirit will help me plan the next
move, and He goes every step of the way. There is nothing else to listen to and
no other voice to hear but that of the Lord who says, “I will be with you. I
will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1: 5, 6