A newsletter from Welton Tribe, a portion of Welton Academy, led by Jim and Carolyn Welton:
This afternoon, while searching our property for wildflowers (a.k.a. weeds) with our four-year-old granddaughter, we came upon a large patch of a specific kind. Then she spotted the common white clover. We usually gather various species and search in a book with pictures, descriptions, and traditional uses. When comparing our finds with the listing in the book, we began to realize our property was covered with an incredible variety of good things—more than we had ever imagined!
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2:12).
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV).
On your feet now. Get started.....I’m handing it over to you—it’s all yours. Go ahead, take it… (Deuteronomy 2:24–25 MSG).
Then God said to me: Look, I’ve got the ball rolling—Sihon and his land are soon yours. Go ahead. Take it. It’s practically yours! (Deuteronomy 2:31 MSG).
In many areas of Christianity, contending in prayer and taking ground that already belongs to us have become lost arts. We have become mesmerized by teachings on sovereignty, and we don’t realize our own responsibility to get up and get going. When God says that He has given us something, He expects us to arise, make a plan, and move forward in faith to take possession of it. When He says He has given us something, there is no longer a question as to what His will is. His will is for us to go forward and take possession of it. We must stop endlessly seeking and questioning whether things are His will or not. He has laid out all sorts of good things in front of us. He has hidden His will in plain view. He has provided all we need for life and godliness. Now the ball is in our court. Will we go forward and possess our inheritance, or will we hold back in fear and choose the familiar and comfortable? It is always an individual choice.
Before us is our particular territory. It doesn’t matter what or who is residing in it right now. We have been given the title deed and the bill of sale. Let’s go in and take possession. We searched for what we knew we already had in our yard and found so much more. The principle applies to the inheritance we have received from our Father. We need to go searching and discovering all we possess. So much more is available than we’re presently aware of.
The more steps we take, the further in we go.
The further in we go, the more we possess.
The more we possess, the more we realize what He’s given us.
The more we realize, the more steps we can take.
It is a circle of process.
The more we discover, the more we realize how much more there is to experience.
If we had stayed only in the main portion of our yard and never ventured to the edges or the back, we would still believe our property is made up only of cut green grass, a few dandelions here and there, and other weeds that are mowed down weekly. But when we went in search of something new, we discovered much more than we expected. The same is true with each of our lives. Go searching for something new in Him! Go beyond the familiar. Go beyond the comfortable and the things you already know. Remember, he or she who seeks will find (see Matt. 7:7).
In closing, here is a prophetic word from 1969:
Do not hold back, but launch out, says the Lord. Fear not that the waters do not open. For as the soles of your feet do enter, they shall open. Fear not, but launch out into that which the Lord does place before you. He shall make it clear. Has He not led you this far? Has He not revealed to you His voice? His way? His plan? You have seen it as something afar off, but surely the Lord has not left you. Surely the Lord does lead you. He would take you by the hand and lead you up to a high plane, a plane of ministry, a plane of worship, a plane where you can see from another perspective the works of Almighty God. Yes, walk with Him; do not hold back. Launch out. Launch out beyond your ankles, beyond the knees, yes even, beyond your loins. Launch out into the waters that there are to swim in. You shall swim. The Lord will undergird you. You shall be strong, for He is the One who has led you. Yes, He is the One who brought you out into a new place. Only do not hold back!
- Jim and Carolyn Welton