Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.. – Deuteronomy 1:8
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” – Numbers 13:30
Yesterday, a word dropped into my Spirit during my morning prayer: OCCUPY.
Now being the nerd that I am, I quickly took to Google to get a definition of the word. Google defines “occupy” as two things:
- To fill
- To exist (within a space)
The Cambridge dictionary’s three definitions utterly blew me away! I know that you will love the first one as much as I did:
- An army or group of people who move into and take possession of a place and refuse to leave
- To have a particular job or role or assignment
- To keep thoughts busy
Wow….a group of people who move into a place, take possession, and REFUSE TO LEAVE. Sounds like a feisty, faith-filled kingdom group of people to me!
I heard the Lord say that it is TIME TO OCCUPY THE LAND THAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU. Whether your nation, your home, your sphere of influence, or just simply a promise that God has given you – it is time to fill that space and REFUSE TO LEAVE. It’s not time to hunker down and wait it out. There is such an invitation to take a hold of your territory, whatever that may be, and OCCUPY!
Next, He said that it is TIME TO FILL YOUR ASSIGNMENT! Regardless of whether you are a parent at home with your children, or a doctor, teacher, barista, insurance agent – OCCUPY YOUR SPACE! If you are a prophet, teacher, intercessor, evangelist….IT’S TIME TO OCCUPY YOUR ASSIGNMENT!
It’s time to rise up. It’s time to take possession of what He has promised you, and refuse anything less.
Lastly, the Lord said that it is time that we OCCUPY OUR THOUGHTS WITH GOOD THINGS. It’s time that we start putting ONLY the truth of what the LORD says about situations into our thinking. It’s time to start seeing, hearing, and meditating on Kingdom realities that feed the truth into our minds that GOD IS VICTORIOUS! And through Jesus, WE ARE VICTORIOUS.
It’s time to occupy. Just as Caleb says in Numbers 13, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”
The time is gone for the Bride to just maintain a normal existence. The time is here to OCCUPY THE LAND!
And through Christ, all things are possible.
— Mandy Woodhouse