There are certain books of the Bible, one in particular that provide a glimpse of what we need to understand about the promises of God and receiving, and walking in them.
One book that is really all about this is the book of Joshua.
Before we go there, first let’s think back on the history that predates Joshua.
The forerunner of Joshua was Moses.
Moses was absolutely a man of God.
God used Moses in mighty ways to deliver the children of Israel.
The nation of Israel had been in captivity as slaves for 400 years. There were already promises in motion that declared their deliverance.
It was at the apex of their slavery, when they were just about to lose all hope, that God sent the man named Moses.
Moses challenged the authority that held the Israelites captive. Pharaoh was really a type of satan that held the people of God captive.
Mose came against the authority of Pharoah, and by signs and wonders, he caused the king to let the people go.
In fact, scripture says that they walked out of the land of slavery, rich, after plundering the goods and people of Egypt.
They wondered through the wilderness, with God teaching them, and providing for them at every single turn.
Yet they murmured and complained against God and really against his promises.
As if they thought that God could not keep the word he had declared to them.
Moses, fed up with their complaints, did not completely obey God and suffered the consequence.
He was NOT allowed to ENTER the promised land, but only to see it from a distance, and that’s were Joshua comes in.
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You don’t just sit around and receive the promises of God. There is always a two-way system of receiving.
There is obviously, God’s part.
There is definitely, our part.
God doesn’t just give the promises to us, we obtain them, go after them, receive them through a battle of faith.
We do the necessary things to appropriate the promises of God into our life.
Many believers miss out on the things that God has freely given them for the simple fact that they don’t see the need to be a part of the process.
The process of receiving from God is an active process in which we play a vital and absolutely necessary role.
Even in salvation, God is the giver, but it is BY Grace (God’s part), THROUGH faith (our part).
To lay hold of anything from God, we have to be willing to take the steps necessary to receive, otherwise we will simply miss out on the things of God.
The Bible says this…
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 NLT
 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
In other words, there are things about God’s nature that he longs to reveal, but they are only discerned by the Spirit of God IN US.
The promises of God for your life and for every situation in your life are part of the secret of God.
We see many things written in the Word of God, but the promises written the WORD (logos) have to become the WORD (rhema) in our life.
This means the word has to take on a personal meaning to each of us, and be appropriated to us individually by the Holy Spirit.
 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
And so, like Moses, in the book of Deuteronomy, we know the blessings of God because he has laid them out in his word, but we must go further and become like a Joshua if we are to walk in the promises of God.
To only read the promises is to see them from a distance but never realize them personally.
Now, there is some very important wording written in the first chapter of Joshua as it relates to the promises of God and why we might not be experiencing the outworking of his promises in our life.
Joshua 1:1-2 NLT
 After the death of Moses the LORD’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said,  “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.
First of all, the Lord begins the conversation with the fact that Joshua had to LEAD THEM.
In other words, he had to DO SOMETHING in order to receive from God.
But the Lord goes on to say, “the land I AM giving them.”
This means that the land is NOT CURRENTLY IN THEIR POSSESSION.
I am going to give.
I am giving.
You don’t have it YET, but I am giving it to you…it WILL HAPPEN.
But scripture goes on further…
Joshua 1:3 NLT
 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you-
Here’s the key: WHEREVER YOU SET FOOT.
Notice again the terminology:
I AM giving.
I HAVE given.
At all times, the promise of God in your life is:
I AM giving…(I will give.)
And at the same time…I HAVE GIVEN.
Already done, accomplished, and complete.
God has done the work.
God has purchased the victory.
God has provided the means.
Our job is to WALK INTO IT.
In other words, the promise of God is THERE AND READY FOR THE TAKING, but only to those who will APPROPRIATE THE PROMISE into their life.