“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.” Joshua 1:1-4 NASB
The time had come for the nation of Israel to cross the river and take possession of the land that God had promised them. God’s Promised Land was very detailed and specific leaving His children with no doubt of their duty. God told them prior to stepping foot on the land, “I have given it to you.” It’s already yours. They simply needed to step out and claim the promise God had already given.
God told them, “every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you.” To tread upon the land is warfare terminology. It means that you have physically entered into the enemy’s territory and claimed it as your own. You have taken it from them and you are now in sole possession. God had given Israel the land. It was already theirs. However, they needed to cross over the Jordan and put their feet into action and physically claim the spiritual promise. They needed to personally deliver to the current residents God’s eviction notice.
In the Old Testament God dealt with a physical nation in a physical way. Today, God deals with us in Spirit and in truth. Therefore, our warfare, although it has physical implications, is spiritual. When we tread upon the enemies territory we do it through the power of prayer. When a missionary goes into an unreached land they will often spend a great deal of time payer walking the region, claiming it for the Lord.
The missionary however, is still faithful to put his feet to faith. He has prayed, and he has believed in God for the preparation of the soil. However, he knows it is still his responsibility to sow the seed and then reap the harvest. If he leaves the prayed over region unevangelised, he has only done half the job. He has not crossed the Jordan nor put his feet to faith.
So many today are satisfied with simply attending church. Nowhere in scripture are we simply commanded to go to church. God wants us to be the church. There is a major difference in the two. For this reason many of our churches are simply wandering around in the wilderness. God however, has called us to put our feet to faith. God has promised the church that whatever we loose in heaven will be loosed on earth. We loose the power of God in heaven onto the earth through prayer. We then cross over the Jordan, put our feet to faith and claim the land for the Lord. We deliver the devil his eviction notice. Revival will not happen while attending church. It will however, happen when the church decides to be the church. God will do His part. However, we need to be faithful and do our part. Put your feet to faith today.