“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Num, Moses’ minister, Moses My servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordan river, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites. Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon to the great river Euphrates—all the land of the Hittites [Canaan]—and to the Great Mediterranean Sea on the west shall be your territory.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
This book of the Law (the Bible) shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:1-8)
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that are terrifying. The fear of the unknown is a powerful force to deal with. Joshua was facing a terrifying assignment from the Lord. Moses had a terribly difficult job in leading over one million people for forty years, but Joshua was assigned to destroy all the heathen nations occupying their promised lands. It was time for them to take what God had given them. God has great and mighty promises for us too, but we also have to battle an enemy who does NOT want us to have those promises. However, these few verses hold a key to our success in defeating the enemy trying to keep us from our promised land.
It starts with the death of Moses; the end of a season has come into God’s plan for Israel. They were leaving the wilderness and entering God’s promises. How many of us have had seasons in a dry place? I’m here to tell you that those seasons DO end! God has a promised land for each one of us! He’s so GOOD! God chose Joshua to bring God’s people to the promised land He swore to give Abraham’s descendants. They were at the Jordan River ready to cross over, but on the other side of that river were real giants, real danger and nations that hated them. But God promised Joshua as He commissioned him, that he would be victorious everywhere the sole of his foot touched. He outlined the boundaries of his territory, so He set limits as to where Joshua could go. It’s important to not run ahead of God until we have His full counsel. We need to make sure we know for sure what He wants us to do and this is done with a personal relationship that is developed over time. Only through time spent with Him will you recognize His voice.
God promised Joshua victory all the days of his life. Guess what? He promises US victory all the days of our lives too! We have a realm of influence that we must take dominion over to be victorious in this life. Just like Joshua, we have a purpose and a destiny in God that is forever—way beyond this earthly realm. An eternal destiny. This eternal destiny is after the battles of time are over and the devil is in the lake of fire for eternity. Until that day, we will always be at war with him. We just have to deal with it. BUT God has promised us victory and more than that, Jesus has already defeated Him legally with His death and resurrection. The same with Joshua, legally the lands of Canaan were deeded to the Israelites, but the current residents weren’t just going to say “ok, sorry about the intrusion” and move out. No, they had to be destroyed because of their evil practices and idolatry that had polluted the land spiritually. This was territory that Satan ruled in. The people worshipped him and he wasn’t going to give up without a fight. It’s the same thing in our realm of influence. We have mindsets, strongholds and ungodly relationships that must be dealt with to establish God’s kingdom realm in our realm.
For example, say before you met Jesus, you were having sex with different people and partying like there was no tomorrow. The Kingdom of God doesn’t allow that lifestyle. He has called us to be set apart for Him. The Bible says to “come out from among them and be ye separate.” This lifestyle must be defeated and the devil evicted. Even if you are a person that lives a clean lifestyle, you still have to add the relationship with Jesus into your lifestyle and anything that is above Him has to be brought into a secondary position. This includes relationships, hobbies, jobs, etc. Whatever is your number one priority before Jesus, must be number two and Jesus number one.
Everyone who comes to Jesus is going to face the fear of change. The fear of the unknown new season, new lifestyle, new circumstances. What does God tell Joshua as he was facing the giants dwelling in the promised land? God said, “Be BOLD AND VERY COURAGEOUS!” What is courage? Courage is doing the right thing in spite of the fear gripping your mind and heart. It’s obeying God even to your own hurt. It is standing your ground against the enemies’ onslaught of fearful images and thoughts bombarding your mind. It’s saying “NO I BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISES!” Sometimes what SEEMS like a loss is actually the beginning of the fulfillment of the promise! We must know that God’s motive is always love. He is committed to fulfilling His promises to us.
Finally, what is the key God gave to Joshua to ensure his success? The Book of the Law—the Bible, the Word of God. We must be a people of the Word. We must devour the Word every day of our lives. It’s how wisdom is imparted to us, it’s where God speaks to us and it is our guide to living a holy and separated life to God. By doing this we shall have good success like Joshua. We will defeat the enemy trying to steal, kill and destroy our lives and realm of influence. Remember, he is defeated and we are victorious! Jesus already won it, we have to enforce what He purchased—just like Joshua did. So be bold and very courageous as you go and take the promises of God in your life!
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