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A Promise Fulfilled

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“And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein” (Joshua 21:43).

TEXT — Joshua 21:43-45


Booker T. Washington describes meeting an ex-slave from Virginia in his book Up from Slavery: “I found that this man had made a contract with his master, two or three years previous to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the effect that the slave was to be permitted to buy himself, by paying so much per year for his body; and while he was paying for himself, he was to be permitted to labour where and for whom he pleased. Finding that he could secure better wages in Ohio, he went there. When freedom came, he was still in debt to his master of some three hundred dollars. Notwithstanding that the Emancipation Proclamation freed him from any obligation to his master, this black man walked the greater portion of the distance back to where his old master lived in Virginia, and placed the last dollar, with interest, in his hands. In talking to me about this, the man told me that he knew that he did not have to pay his debt, but that he had given his word to his master, and his word he had never broken. He felt that he could not enjoy his freedom till he had fulfilled his promise.”

In our passage, God proves faithful in fulfilling every promise He had made to the children of Israel: to give them the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1,7; 15:18); to give them rest (Exodus 33:14) and to give them dominion over all their enemies (Deuteronomy 7:24). All were fulfilled to the letter (Joshua 21:45).

Those of us who are beneficiaries of the grace of God purchased through Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary now enjoy better covenant based upon better promise from God. Christ has secured us victory over our enemies – sin, sicknesses, diseases, failures, poverty, etc.

The promises of God are sure, dependable and unfailing. If we trust Him, we shall not be ashamed nor confounded (Isaiah 45:17)

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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