IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: REGARDLESS OF THE FIERCENESS OF THE BATTLE, OUR VICTORY IS CERTAIN
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”-Proverbs 21:31
There is War The first thing you must understand is that, you are engaged in a spiritual warfare. If you do not know this, you have no right to victory. There is need for a battle, fight or competition before there can be a winner or a loser. A winner does not
emerge from a no-duel situation. This is important for your victory. It will be ridiculous for you to claim to be victorious over nobody. It means, when you talk of being a winner or victor, that you are talking of a battle that is being fought.
How is it that the same gospel which always speaks of peace, here proclaims a warfare? How can it be? Simply because there is something in the world which is antagonistic to love; there are principles abroad which cannot bear light, and, therefore, before light, can come, it must chase the darkness.
Hence we read in the Bible that Christ did not come to send peace on earth, but a sword; he came to set “the father against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;” not intentionally, but as a means to an end; because there must always be a struggle so that truth and righteousness can reign. Alas I for that earth is the battle-field where good must combat with evil Angels look on, and hold their breath, burning to mingle in the conflict, but the troops of the Captain of Salvation may be none but the soldiers of the cross; and that slender band must fight alone, and yet shall triumph gloriously. Enough shall they be for conquest, and the motto of their standard is ENOUGH. Enough by the arm of the helping Trinity.
It is sad to see many believers live and walk without a sense of war. They are at “ease” and that is why they are constantly down. If an enemy is fighting you, and you do not seem to know it, you make his victory certain and easy. But the Bible has given a clear understanding that the christian life is a life of constant war. It is war in itself. We get clear indications from the Pauline epistles about the fight. Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14 The fact that God causes us to triumph means there is something to triumph over. You do not triumph over an easy situation. A triumph comes after a period of hard fighting and one of the contenders eventually emerges victorious. You must know that you are engaged in a fight.
The fight is not one sided. It takes two to fight. Whether you are ready to fight or not, the fight is on.
The devil has really sought to put the church on the defensive. He is constantly putting situations and circumstances against the people of God. He wants you to be beaten all the time. But God wants you up and victorious always. That is why this is a fight. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand (withstand) in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13 You will never need an armour in a peaceful setting. It borders on insanity for a man to be heavily dressed after the manner of the Roman Soldiers — with helmet, shield, breastplate and sword. Just heavily dressed, ready for battle at a time everybody is celebrating. That person will need quick attention from his psychiatrist. But we are given the picture that we are doing something important. We are engaged in some serious battle. This is repeated over and over again in the entire Bible. We are in a battle. You, in particular, are engaged in this war. The devil has aimed at destroying your life. Thank God, we are in war against the devil.
You have divine ability to win in all and every battle that comes your way. You are born of God and whatsoever is born of God simply overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). By virtue of your birth you are a world overcomer. That is the Bible. The greater one is in you and you are more than a conqueror. The problems may look stern. The seas may rage and the storm may be tempestuous but in all these you are more than a conqueror. Every one of the troubles seeks to separate you from the love of Christ. But the word says they cannot. They are not designed to draw you away. They are supposed to be stepping stones to victory. Each time you win a battle in faith, you are promoted. Your faith gets stronger; ready for another round.
“Apart from Him we can do nothing. All of our hope is in the God to whom belongs the victory.”
A plan for conquering the land of Canaan with its fortified cities and giants was, of course, crucial, but God never leaves His people to their own strategies. He comes to their aid with His own divinely-provided plan. Indeed, we are repeatedly warned in Scripture against leaning on our own understanding or plans (Prov. 3:5-6; Jer. 9:23-24; 17:5).
The pattern of divine strategy for the conquest of Canaan was based on geographic factors. From their camp at Gilgal near the Jordan River the Israelites could see steep hills to the west. Jericho controlled the way of ascent into these mountains, and Ai, another fortress, stood at the head of the ascent. If the Israelites were to capture the hill country they must certainly take Jericho and Ai. This would put them on top of the hill country and in control of the central ridge, having driven a wedge between the northern and southern sections of Canaan. Israel could then engage the armies of the south in battle followed by the more remote enemy in the north. But first, Jericho must fall—and it would if Joshua and the people followed the Lord’s plan of action.
GOD’S OWN VICTORY STRATEGY
“So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.”
Then he said to the people, “Go forward, and march around the city, and let the armed men go on before the ark of the LORD.”
If Joshua had met with his military advisors, no one would have come up with this plan.
God’s plan of salvation and deliverance is not a plan that man would design if he could or could if he would because of his basic alienation from God and proneness to depend on his own solutions. So today, men are prone to believe in a plan of salvation and sanctification that in some way or another introduces works into the equation rather than faith alone in Christ alone. Such a gospel is called by some easy believism when the truth is simple trust in Christ is not easy; it goes against the very grain of man’s makeup.
The directions given to Joshua by God for the conquest of Jericho obviously seem strange when compared to any human strategy men would devise, but only if we fail to think in biblical terms of the life of faith and man’s inherent inability to accomplish his own salvation or sanctification.
Before the Lord outlined His plan, He graciously assured Joshua of victory. Note the emphasis: “See, I have given.” Joshua was commanded to see, understand, and so reflect on the fact, as a matter of confidence, that Yahweh had already given them victory. Victory is always by the Lord’s hand, and since victory is by God’s power, we should expect it to be something that bypasses dependence on man and his own strength or abilities. So with the word “see” Joshua is called to see with eyes of faith and to envision Jericho as destroyed. Likewise over and over again in the New Testament, we are assured of our triumph over sin and Satan. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Cor. 2:14). See also Romans 6:1-14; Colossians 2:6-15
The words “have given” represent a prophetic perfect in the Hebrew text which describes a future event or action as having already been accomplished. Victory was assured by the promise of an omnipotent, faithful, and immutable God.
The Nature of the believer’s weapons:
As the walls of Jericho were brought down apart from human ability, so the spiritual weapons of our warfare are appropriated through prayer, faith, and various truths of the Word of God.
The Design and Purpose of our weapons:
Our weapons are designed to tear down strongholds. Strongholds are those things (human reasoning or ideas, values, and designs, etc.) raised up by a satanic world system and by fallen man that oppose the knowledge of God (biblical principles of grace, eternal values, etc.) and what knowing God intimately should mean in the lives of His people.
The number seven featured prominently in this chapter. In fact it is used eleven times. Seven priests, with seven trumpets were to march around the city seven days with seven trips around the city on the seventh day.
Seven is a significant number in Scripture: (a) It signifies perfection or completion which reminds us that God’s plan, no matter how foolish it may seem to us, is always perfect and cannot be improved upon by man (first cf. 1 Cor. 1:18f and then Rom. 12:2; 11:33-36). (b) Further, the number seven shows that the conquest was part of a spiritual exercise or process designed to set the people apart (sanctify them) for the Lord as a holy people who belong to a holy God. (c) Because of the significance of the number seven to creation and the Sabbath and the fact they were entering into their inheritance, it undoubtedly signified the beginning of a new order and the land as a picture of the believer’s rest in the Lord (see Heb. 4).
God had already promised victory. (6:1-2). We also have been given the victory. Through Jesus Christ our victory has already been secured. We must accept that victory by faith. Satan is a defeated enemy, but not a vanquished foe. Not yet!
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”— 1 John 5:4.
He overcomes the world when it sets up itself as a legislator, wishing to teach him customs. You know the world has its old massive law book of customs, and he who does not choose to go according to the fashion of the world, is under the ban of society.
Men usually swim with the stream like a dead fish; it is only the living fish that goes against it. It is only the Christian who despises customs, who does not care for conventionalisms, who only asks himself the question, “Is it right or is it wrong? If it is right, I will be singular. If there is not another man in this world who will do it, I will do it; should a universal hiss go up to heaven, I will do it still; should the very stones of earth fly up, and stone me to death, I will do it still; though they bind me to the stake, yet I must do it; I will be singularly right; if the multitude will not follow me, I will go without them: I will be glad if they will all go and do right as well, but if not, I will despise their customs; I care not what others do; I shall not be weighed by other men; to my own Master I stand or fall. Thus I conquer and overcome the customs of the world.”
Fair world! she dresseth herself in ermine, she putteth on the robes of a judge, and she solemnly telleth you, “Man, you are wrong. Look at your fellows; see how they do. Behold my laws. For hundreds of years have not men done so? Who are you, to set yourself up against me?” And she pulls out her worm-eaten law-book, and turning over the musty pages, says, “See, here is an act passed in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, and here is another law enacted in the days of Pharaoh. These must be right, because antiquity has enrolled them among her standard authorities. Do you mean to set yourself up and stand against the opinions of the multitude?” Yes, we do; we take the lawbook of the world, and we burn it, as the Ephesians did their magic rolls; we take her deeds, and make them into waste paper; we rend her proclamation from the walls; we care not what others do; custom to us is a cobweb; we count it folly to be singular; but when to be singular is to be right, we count it the proudest wisdom; we overcome the world; we trample on her customs; we walk as a distinct people, a separate race, a chosen generation, a peculiar people.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 Your victory is closely tied to your faith. That is your foundation for victory. It is not faith in your ability, qualifications or any mundane things, but faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and on God’s irrevocable word. Recognize that you are a born-winner, a victor by virtue of your birth and parentage. You are not expected to be defeated by anything. You are seated far above everything that is earthly. You are above defeat and failure.
God bless you! may you all be born again, and have that faith that overcometh the world!
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