Joshua 17:17-18 You Can Drive Them Out

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But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph–to Ephraim and Manasseh–“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its furthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. Joshua 17:17-18 

The tribes of Joseph had wanted more land than what they had been given because of their number of people. Joshua stated that they can get some more land from the Canaanites. He did not deny that the Canaanites were very large and powerful, but told the tribes they could still drive them out.

As with the Israelites taking over the land of Canaan, believers today still have many enemies and have to take over land. It is rarely a physical land, but a spiritual one that believers must take over. This spiritual land is in their own hearts and lives and in the lives of others around them.

God does not have believers going around now to physically kill the enemy, but there is a spiritual enemy that needs to be defeated. The number of the enemy is extremely high in number, in fact there are more of the enemy on this earth with Satan, than with God. Yet, God has more strength and ability than the enemy ever had or will have.

When Jesus died and rose again from the dead, He defeated the greatest enemy of God–death and sin. All this power He has given to every believer to overcome this world.

Every believer needs to take a stand to drive out the spiritual enemies in their lives. Some of those enemies are: jealousy, anger, immoral thoughts, greed, pride, fear, lying, cheating, and many more. These are all areas of the heart–the land–that need to be taken for God.

God can show you areas of your heart that have allowed the enemy in to take control. He can also give you the strength to push the enemy out and give God the land that is His. God can also help you drive out the spiritual enemies in your city, workplace or wherever you set your feet.

Do not be afraid of how strong the enemy is. God is stronger. In the end you will win the battle with God on your side. God never loses.

Go and drive out the enemy today.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not fear the strength and number of the enemy; that God will help you drive out the enemies in your life and the lives of others; and that you will see victory in Jesus. 

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Joshua 7:12 Consequences Of Sin

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That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12

Consequences to actions is one thing that many people do not think about or do not like to think about. People want to be able to do what they want to do, without any repercussion.

Often, people think that what they are doing will have no consequence, it is just a small little thing in light of much greater things. No one will notice or really care about it. Yet, every action, thought, or word has some type of consequence.

As the Israelites were going through, conquering new cities on a regular basis with no real challenge, they suddenly were beaten badly by a small city of Ai. Joshua went before God about it. He was told that there was sin in the camp of the Israelites. Someone had stolen something and hidden it. Because of that stolen item, God was not supporting the Israelites anymore. They had to clean up the camp from all sin.

Out of all the things that were destroyed in the taking of Ai, one man, Achan, had stolen a robe and some bold and silver. This little bit of theft–sin–caused God to take His had of favor and provision off of the Israelites.

Sin in a believer’s life will cause God’s favor to pull back. God does not want sin in the life of any believer. It is common for people to try to hide ‘little’ sins. People may never see the sin, but God does. Things begin to go wrong and fall apart, and the person wants to know why.

Today all a believer must do is repent, turn away from the sin and turn back to God. Jesus has already paid the price for that sin.

Do not allow any ‘small’ sins be hidden. God already sees them and knows about them.

There will be times when you will sin. Strive to keep from sinning, but if you do, immediately turn back to God and repent. God is waiting there for you to restore you. He does not want to destroy you, but to build you up. That is why God sent Jesus to pay for your sins.

Do not let sin destroy you. But let God restore you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for everything; that God will help you turn from all sin; that God will build you up in Jesus; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love. 

 

Joshua 2:8-9 The World Will Be Afraid

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Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.” Joshua 2:8-9

Joshua had sent some men into Jericho to spy out the city in order to take it over. They stayed with Rahab, a prostitute, who protects them. She tells them that everyone in the city has heard of the Israelites and that God is with them. Everyone was living in fear of the Israelites.

The people had reason to fear the Israelites. Word had been brought to them of the various battles that they had been in and won. Defeating Egypt and several other large nations and kings, they were a force to be reckoned with and feared.

In today’s society, Christians are also feared as the Israelites were. The world does not always understand or give the same reason, but they fear believers. It is very common for believers to be accused of hate crimes, because they are taking a stand against sinful acts that the world wants everyone to accept.

Judgments are brought against individual believers or churches, because they refuse to accept or participate in a sinful act.

These actions by the world, though seen as persecution (and it is), is also done out of fear. They fear that Christians will cause them to change their ways and beliefs, that they will no longer be able to live as they want to live. It is a threat against their lifestyle.

The world feared Jesus also, even though He never did anything harmful. Jesus just lived for God and did what God told Him to do.

When you are fully living for God, the world will begin to fear you. As they fear you, there will be some who fight back and bring on persecution. Others will try to bring judgments against you.

Do not be afraid of the world, but stand strong and true to God’s word. God is with you and will not leave you. God, who is in you, is stronger than the world. The world does have a reason to fear, God will change their lifestyle.

Be willing to be a witness of Jesus to this world. Be willing to change this world for God.

Does the world fear you? Or are you on their side?

I pray today that you will live your life for God; that you will be a witness to this world; that the world will see Jesus in you; and that God will remove fear of this world from you.

Deuteronomy 20:1 Going To War

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When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. Deuteronomy 20:1

There are wars and battles going on all over the world. While there are many that are physical wars, with tanks, guns, and physical killings, the majority are a different type of war. They are wars of conflicts of interest, hatred for family or neighbors, temptations to do wrong and more.

People are fighting each other, even though many do not do it with guns. Often, it is each trying to get his or her own way. It is name calling, slandering, gossip, back-biting, cheating, and more.

Even though these types of wars are common, believers have, yet, another type of war. They are in a war against false beliefs, and fighting for the lives of others. The world, as a whole, is against God. They do not want the God to win.

God told the Israelites that they would go to war against their enemies. It was not a matter of ‘if they will go to battle’, but when they will go to battle. As they go to war, they were not to fear the enemy because God would be with them.

Every believer is in a battle for his own life and for the lives of others. It is a spiritual battle of an eternal consequence. The world is against the believer, and the believer is against the world. 

Although there are many believers, there are more unbelievers. The believer is not to fear the enemy–this world, despite how many there are. God is right along side of the enemy. He is fighting the battle with the believer.

Each day you go out into this world, you will be doing battle against the enemy of God. Satan and this world’s ways do not want you or God to win.

Walking into the work place or some other location, the number of enemies of God will nearly always be greater in number, than those following God. You have a mission to tell everyone about Jesus. You have a job to bring people to Jesus for salvation.

As you begin to be His witness, you have taken the first strike in this spiritual battle. Do not be afraid of their great numbers. God is with you in this war. You will win, because God never loses.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness in this world; that you will not fear the enemy; and that you will know God’s presence with you in this war for lives. 

Numbers 14:3 Giving Up Too Soon

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Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? Numbers 14:3

Having dreams to accomplish or do something is a thing a lot of people have. They have a vision to do something great and begin to move forward with it, with a lot of excitement and expectation.

As they are moving forward, suddenly they hit a road block or an obstacle. The majority of people will suddenly give up on their vision. They freeze and quit, not knowing how to get over or around the obstacle. They feel as if they cannot move forward, no matter what they do.

By the miraculous hand of God and many miracles, the Israelites had left Egypt. They had food and water provided for them by miracles in the wilderness. They had the great vision of going into a new land and possessing it.

Now when they see that land, they see some obstacles. Immediately they lose vision and give up. They no longer want to move forward, but go back to what they know and understand. They are willing to go back to slavery and lose their freedom, then to attempt to take the new land with God’s power.

This kind of action is common with many believers today. They become a believer. Shortly afterwards, they get a vision from God to do something. As they move forward, they hit some obstacle blocking them. Then they quit too soon. They do not give God the opportunity to do a great work through them.

Giving up and quitting is easy to do. It takes more strength and faith to keep moving forward with what God has said to do. However, if God has said to do it, it can be done…in His way and in His time and in His power.

Don’t let some obstacle or hardship in your life block you from the vision God has given you. He has promised you a new land, go in and take that land with His power. What He has called you to, He will accomplish.

Quitting too soon, will always guarantee failure. God is not a God of failure, but of success.

Don’t allow yourself to go back to the old ways of living, but be victorious in God’s strength. Keep the vision alive and move forward!

I pray today that you will know what God has called you to do; that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward; that you will have a God-sized vision; and that God will do great things in and through you.