The other day on my morning walk I was taking a musical trip down memory lane, cycling through Christian songs I haven’t listened to in many years. A song by The Imperials started playing called “In the Promised Land”, and a few songs after that, a song called “Jericho”. Both are on the Let the Wind Blow album, which was released in 1985. Listening to the lyrics of these songs got me thinking about God’s promises to Israel and how they unfolded.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The example of the ancient Israelites was written down so that it would serve as instructions for us (1 Corinthians 10:11). So, what might the conquest of Canaan have to teach us about claiming God’s promises for our own health promised land?
Here are the five steps you need to claim your own health promised land.
Step One: Know what God has Promised You
God first promised to give land to Abram’s descendants back in Genesis 12:7, but he reiterated the promise to Abram in Genesis 13:15; 15:7; and 15:18. He also made the same promise generationally to:
- Abraham’s son Isaac in Genesis 26:2-5, and
- Isaac’s son Jacob in Genesis 28:13.
Jacob’s son Joseph was aware of the promise (Genesis 50:24) as was Moses (Deuteronomy 34:1.)
From this, it is evident that the very first step to claiming your health promised land is to know what God has promised you in the first place
The Word of God is full of many great and precious promises related to health and healing. For example…
- Jeremiah 30:17a says, “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…”
- James 5:15 says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
- Psalm 103:2-3 says, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…”
- 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
Your journey to a place of abundant health and wellness begins with the fundamental belief that God desires wholeness for you as his child.
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Step Two: Make Your Own Exodus from Slavery
The second step is to flee from the environment enslaving you. Before God could give the nation of Israel the land he had promised their ancestors, he had to free them from their slavery in Egypt. The entire book of Exodus is about that rescue mission.
Look at how the Theology of Work Project describes their enslavement:
What made the situation in Egypt unbearable was not only the slavery but also its extreme harshness. The Egyptian masters worked the Israelites “ruthlessly” (befarekh, Exod. 1:13, 14) and made their lives “bitter” (marar, Exod. 1:14) with “hard” (qasheh , in the sense of “cruel,” Exod. 1:14; 6:9) service. As a result, Israel languished in “misery” and “suffering” (Exod. 3:7) and a “broken spirit” (Exod. 6:9). Work, one of the chief purposes and joys of human existence (Gen. 1:27-31; 2:15), was turned into a misery by the harshness of oppression.
However, the nation of Israel had not only been enslaved physically, they had also been enslaved mentally.
This is evident by the way they quickly yearned for a return to slavery when faced with challenges on their journey through the wilderness. In Numbers 14:3-4, the recently emancipated quickly became disillusioned with the cost of their freedom, saying “Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Sadly, many of the Israelites decided it was preferable to return to a place of known misery and suffering than to muster the strength and fortitude necessary to live in freedom.
To reach your own health promised land, you must break free from the things that hold you captive. You must change your environment. A very wise person once said, “We cannot heal in the same environment that made us sick”.
In practice, this means you need to actively guard against the things that keep you sick – whether that be substances, foods, people, or your own behaviors. But as you see from the Israelites who yearned to return to slavery, you must also guard your own heart and attitudes so that you are not tempted to return to the things that caused you harm in the first place.
Step Three: Know What it Takes to Possess Your Promise
When the children of Israel reached the borders of the promised land, God commanded Moses to choose spies from each tribe to go in and assess the land He had promised to give them (Numbers 13). Moses tasked the spies with undertaking a very comprehensive assessment of the situation before they went up to possess the promised land. For example, in verses 18-20 he told them to find out:
- what the land was like?
- whether the people who lived in it were strong or weak?
- how many people lived there?
- whether the land was good or bad?
- were the people living in open camps or in fortifications?
- was the land productive or unproductive?
- were there trees in it or not?
And finally, he told them to be courageous and grab some of the fruit of the land.
This demonstrates the importance of crafting a battle plan based on research. Yes, God had already promised them the land. It was theirs. Full stop. But taking possession of the land required a vision, careful planning, strategy, and tactics.
Likewise, reaching your own land of health promise requires thoughtful research and preparation. A Moses-like assessment of your own health battle plan might include questions such as:
- Am I willing to do whatever it takes to improve my level of health and wellness?
- What skills and capabilities do I need to live in my health promised land?
- Am I clear on which foods I need to eat to best support my health?
- How will I handle unexpected temptations when they occur?
Take the time to carefully consider what it will take to not only reach your health promised land, but also what it will take to stay there.
You can explore these types of self-reflective questions, as well as access other assessments, worksheets and assignments related to biblically-based, healthy living in the Clean Living Jumpstart Kit. Learn more here.
Step Four: Tackle Unbelief + Exercise Your Faith
In a dismaying show of unbelief, the majority of the Israelite spies returned from their scouting trip overwhelmed and discouraged.
Their entire focus centered on the obstacles in their path. Their lack of faith resulted in many losses. Not only was their receipt of God’s promise delayed, for many of the people, they never got to experience God’s promise at all.
There will be many obstacles on the path to wholeness for you as well. It could be a busy schedule and many responsibilities, a lack of cooking skills, the discouragement of not being successful with diet changes in the past, close friends and family who are not supportive of the changes you want to make or something else.
Whatever they are, if you center your attention on the difficulties in your path – if you only focus on the roadblocks – then you’re not going to get very far in your wellness journey.
This is where faith comes in. Faith begins with belief in the omnipotent God who made the promise. When you put your full faith and confidence in the One for whom all things are possible, obstacles become obsolete.
Those who fail this step will never possess their promise.
Step Five: Fight For Your Inheritance
The fifth and final step is to fight for your inheritance.
God gifted the promised land to Israel, however they were still required to have the courage, faith, and fortitude to go up and possess it.
The promised land was already occupied by Israel’s enemies before they got there. The Israelites had to drive out those existing occupants before they could live in the land. They had to go to war for their own inheritance.
Likewise, you will have to wage war to possess your own promised land. Rather than a nation of enemies, your battles will be against your own deeply rooted beliefs, attitudes, and habitual behaviors. You will also be up against industries and institutions that profit more off of your sickness than health.
The enemies in your path may be formidable, but they cannot hold a candle to your God. By properly wielding the spiritual weapons of warfare – an unwavering faith, prayer, and the Word of God – you are assured victory in every battle you face.
To recap, in order to take possession of your health promised land, you need to:
- Know what God has Promised You
- Make Your Own Exodus from Slavery
- Know What it Takes to Possess Your Promise
- Tackle Unbelief + Exercise Your Faith, and
- Fight For Your Inheritance
If you follow this biblical model, not only will you possess your health promised land, but you’ll also be able to remain in it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ
Founder and CEO, Health Insurrection LLC
Dalila is a native Houstonian and currently lives in Switzerand with her husband and two kids. She received her health coach training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Hallelujah Acres and teaches in-home bible studies and online courses.