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The Law of Appropriation

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The law of appropriation is simply this: If you believe it “as the scripture hath said” you will receive it. “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given you.” God was telling them to put their best foot forward. Walk! Every place your foot touches is yours. The words “every place” was the survey map of the extent of their possessions. So God was saying every place you walk will be yours. Don’t be content to live on the border of spiritual victory. Possess the land. Put your best foot forward.

By Simeon Young, Jr.

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“Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’s minister say­ing, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you …” Joshua 1:1-5

The book of Joshua covers a period of 50 years in the his­tory of God’s people, although the hero of this book, Joshua was born into slavery in Egypt. He had witnessed the beatings and the cruelty. He had experienced the oppressive bondage of being forced to live in a land which was not his own. Joshua had been there on the night of their exodus and had accompanied them during the trials and tests in the wilderness when Moses was their leader. Joshua was an excellent follower, but when Moses passed on, it was time for him to lead. Time for the people of God to cross over Jordan into a land that had been promised to them back in Abraham’s day. Hundreds of years before Joshua, God told Abraham; “Unto thy seed have I given this land” (Genesis 15:18).

A TRUE CASE OF RIGHTFUL OWNERSHIP

The land of Canaan was actually given to the Israelites hundreds of years prior to Joshua’s birth, but here we see them finally possessing their promise. This is a simple yet profound truth of God’s Word—God’s law of appro­priation. That is, God wants His people to get what they have been given and to possess what they have been promised. To claim rightful ownership.

The book of Joshua is crowded with military maneu­vers and battles with the enemy, so it could be said—that the rod symbolized the leadership of Moses, but the spear symbolized the leadership of Joshua. Now we must keep in mind that God’s people were commanded to do battle only because God is against sin. He never encouraged the children of Israel to engage in battle sole­ly for the extension of territory, but in order to bring an end to certain paganistic conditions in the land. The land of Canaan was not a mere geographical piece of proper­ty that God wanted them to have; rather, certain corrup­tions in the land had to be destroyed for the safeguard­ing of succeeding generations and for the promotion of

God’s purposes. It was a land in which His people had a testimony to bear.

The book of Joshua is a continuation of the book Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy records the law of God given to Moses, and as they entered into the land of Canaan, they were to meditate on the law of God day and night. “Then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8). The Word of God provided for them the system of faith that they would need to be prosperous and successful in that land.

The key word of the book of Joshua is possession which is also applicable today concerning the Christian walk. God wants us to possess our possessions. He wants us to “have” what we have been “given.” This is the law of appropriation. Claim it by faith.

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