The Word and Possessing the Promises
8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant when you have eaten and are full 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Deuteronomy 6:8-12 NKJV
Moses is speaking of the Word and saying that if you want to take possession of the Promised Land then the Word needs to be in front of you, in you and pouring out of you. Then he says they would be able to possess the things of the Promised Land that they had no part in preparing The cities were already built and the houses prepared and filled for them. The vineyards and olive trees were already placed and producing fruit, prepared for them by the Lord to possess. Cisterns were hewn and in use just waiting for the Israelites to come and possess them.
That was the limited covenant that they lived under, and ours is obviously superior, but the lesson that Moses is teaching is still good instruction for us today. The Word is imperative for us to walk into the blessings that are already established for us. In the same way that the Lord had prepared the Promised Land for them, He has prepared everything you need for this life through Jesus Christ. It is already readied for you. Our part is simply to know the Word and believe.
It has already been established for us. But then remember the instructions of Moses to them on how to possess and retain possession of His promises. The Word was to be bound to their hand. Have your hand on the Word, lay hold of it with your spiritual hands and believe what you read from the Word. Be bound to it despite circumstances. He also said that it had to be in front of their eyes always. We need to be certain that physically we have our eyes on the Word and not on the things of this life.
Here is the important truth that Moses reveals; if we are not in the Word and having the Word poured into us, we will not have the strength of faith to begin to possess the promises. And if we did possess them, without the Word in us, we cannot hope to retain possession. Keep the Word always in front of you and in you.
J Todd Hostetler