One of the biggest messages that I have received lately was that I need to go up the mountains and fight the giants. In my life I have never been much of a fighter, I let many things happen to me when I should have stood up for myself and fought. I also lost the battle over sin way too many times and had to suffer the consequences thereof. But obviously a soldier in God’s army cannot not fight.
I started doing a reading plan of Joshua a couple of months back, the reading plan was about leadership and the author chose Joshua as his subject. I never finished it it though because I got caught up reading the old testament prophets. A couple of weeks ago whilst reading Isaiah and because of a dream I had, I was led back to the book of Joshua. I knew that Joshua took over after one of Israels greatest leaders, Moses and as I was curious to find out how this all happened so I read the last chapters of Deuteronomy. Some verses in these two books really stood out for me:
7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deut 31: 7-8
5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.9 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: 7-9
16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”
Joshua 1: 16-18
Joshua is told by Moses that the Lord will go before Him and will destroy all the enemies of Israel. That God would be with him all the way. You can imagine what an honour it was for Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, something that even Moses, the friend of God was not allowed to partake in. Also, the victory of the battle was ALREADY GURANTEED. The Lord God Himself even affirmed this to Joshua in His own words, promising him victory and prosperity. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that in every conflict/situation/trial that you enter in, you’re going to win over it 100 % guranteed?
Despite these promises from the Lord, Joshua is told multiple times to be strong and courageous by Moses, by God and by the elders. Why? Because the battle still had to be fought. Just because God had guranteed the victory did not mean that the Israelites did not have to face the enemy. They still had to go into battle and fight, even fight giants (Chapter 10).
The problem with many of us Christians is that we are not used to fighting. Either we’re just luke-warm Christians who do know what spiritual battle even means or we are crippled by fear, or we do not have enough faith in God that He will overcome our circumstances. It can also be that we rely on our own strength to win the war, thereby not giving the battle up to the Lord; this is usually a recipe for disaster. It could also be that we have fought so many battles, that we grow weary and lose sight of the victory, or it could be that somewhere along the way we believed a lie from the devil and lost ground to the enemy.
Like I said, God has been telling me through dreams, through Scripture and through a prophecy I received two weeks back: I need to climb up the mountain and fight giants. I want to be like Joshua, completely reliant on God’s promises, having unwavering trust and faith in my God and thereby based on this, having courage like a lion to enter into all seasons that come my way; may it be a season of testing and temptation or a season of war. I want to be like Caleb who said to Joshua, “Give me this mountain, I will fight the giants that live up there and take it for myself, for these lands were promised to me by God when we first entered the desert.” After forty years in the desert, Caleb never lost sight of God’s promises and had enough courage at around the age of 90 years as he had as a young man. Now that is brave.
After the Israelites crossed the Jordan river (amazing, must read), we meet another character who also blew me away with her courage, the prostitute Rahab. Everyone in Jericho knew the Israelites were coming and that their God had delivered them from Egypt, had parted the Red Sea for them and had kept them in the desert. Rahab, knowing that the city of Jericho would be completely destroyed strikes a deal with the scouts who had been sent to spy out the city. Now if that doesn’t take guts then I don’t know what else does. She could have been caught hiding the spies and killed by her own people or the spies could not have kept their word of preserving her and her family, but she took the risk of engaging them anyways. I think this is amazing!!
Just writing this post has given me more courage to face a couple of issues that I am dealing with in my life. I know that battles build character and that after battles there are breakthroughs. You can count on it. I hope this post has encouraged you too. This is a verse that I adapt for prayer during spiritual warfare:
Psalm 144: 1 Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle—
Pray for the Lord to train you for war and for battle. Pray for courage and fearlessness, sing out you war-cry song into the spiritual realm, hold on tight to the promises of God. The Lord of Hosts, He goes BEFORE you, do not be anxious, do not be afraid.
God bless you