Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Joshua 10:25
Five Amorite kings got together to fight the Gibeonites because they made a treaty with the Israelites. Joshua took his army to help the Gibeonites fight the Amorites. In the end he captures the five kings and has them killed. He then tells the people to not be afraid or discouraged because this is what God will do to all of their enemies they have to fight.
At the time of this event, Israel was working at taking over the land of Canaan. They had many physical enemies and had to physically fight every one of them. Although today countries will have physical enemies to fight at times, individual people usually do not have physical people to physically fight. However, individuals do have enemies to fight.
Many believers like to believe that they will not have to do any fighting at all. They are peaceful and want to just talk it out. This is acceptable for when dealing with a physical person that is being an enemy.
However, the largest enemies you will ever face are ones that are not physical. Paul said our battles are not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual rulers in this dark world and heavenly places.
Your major battles are against spiritual darkness. This is the temptation to sin, the spirit against God in the workplace or home or community, and the spirits of false teaching.
These battles will be hard and sometimes long, but must be fought against. The devil will not agree to just discuss the situation and he will back down. He wants you to compromise your stand with God…to agree with him.
You must stand your ground against the devil and his lies and fight him. Do not allow the devil to get a foothold in your life.
You must be strong and courageous in this battle. It is not just a battle for some land that is temporary, but for your life, which is eternal.
Do not be afraid to fight and see what God can and will do to your enemies. If you resist the devil, he will flee. God will beat him back down.
I pray today that you will be willing to fight the enemy; that you will trust God to defeat your enemies; that you will have courage; that you will have God’s strength; and that God will defeat your enemies.