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.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Facing the unknown or large enemies can be very intimidating for most people. Looking into the darkness of the unknown often brings on fear, because a person does not really know what is ahead. Most people will freeze up and not want to move forward. It is unknown, unfamiliar territory.
Very few people want to face an enemy. The larger and more established the enemy is, the more fear people can have. People do not want to be killed or cut down by the enemy.
Along with the fear, can come discouragement. It can be discouraging to face one enemy after another. It may feel or appear as though the end of the enemies will never come, there will never be any success.
As Joshua began to take over as leader of the Israelites after Moses died, God came to him and told him not to be afraid or discouraged. God would be with Joshua wherever he would go.
Although today most people are not going into physical battles against an enemy to take over some land, there are battles in every believers heart that they must go through. Looking forward in the direction God wants a person to go will often appear dark and unknown. God can lead a person to step out into a new ministry in the enemy’s territory to take back what has been stolen.
It can also be discouraging for a person to go through battle after battle in his walk with God. These can be battles to overcome sin, or to fight for what is God’s. Yet, the person does not need to be fearful or discouraged. God is with him.
As a believer, God is also with you. No matter what they battle you are facing or are led in, Jesus is right there with you. Jesus overcame death, so there is nothing that you can face that He cannot help you overcome.
The battles you will go through will not always be easy or fun, but with God, you will win. Do not give up in discouragement or fear for in the end you will gain eternal life. The world cannot take what it did not give you.
Go forward with God and do not fear or be discouraged…God is with you!
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will allow God to remove all fear; that you will trust God to keep you; and that you will have God’s strength and courage in your life.