The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Joshua 21:44
Battles occur all over the world on a regular basis. Often the striking enemy is able to overcome those being attacked. This can occur because the strength of the enemy is so great, or that the one being attacked does not have the resources to defend, or that they give up in the fight out of fear.
Every so often there is a very small group that is able to defeat a very large enemy.
God gave the Israelites the promised land and then gave them rest. None of the enemies were able to stand up against the Israelites because God gave them into their hands.
Any person who is following God with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength will have some enemies. While most will not have enemies that physically strike them, there will be enemies that strive to stop them from believing in Jesus or at least distract them in their walk with God.
The most common enemy is inside the heart and mind of each individual. Thoughts will often lead a person astray, giving the enemy victory over the believer.
Jesus defeated the enemy–sin–with His death and resurrection. Then He gave believers all His authority to overcome the enemy and gave His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them in their victory.
Believers who choose to not stand in His promises and be led by the Holy Spirit, will be defeated by the enemies in their lives. God has given all that is needed to have victory over the enemy as long as one will take it. The world cannot stand up against a believer who is trusting in God’s promises.
You have enemies in your life that are warring for your soul and mind. It is a battle to get you to sin against God and follow the ways of the world.
God is ready to hand the enemy over into your hands and give you victory, however, you must choose to follow His ways and be led by the Holy Spirit. Do not give in or back down from standing up against the enemy, you are given victory.
Jesus has already defeated the enemy, now stand in that victory.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the victory Jesus has won; that you will stand in God’s power and authority against the enemy; that you will choose to follow God with all of your life; and that you will see God defeat the enemies of your soul.