Monday, March 30, 2009

Making peace with the enemy

The Israelites were on a mission from God. They were directed to take the Promised Land and destroy the enemy. However, in the middle of this mission from God, they found themselves making peace with the enemy. How did this happen? In Joshua 9:14 we see that the Israelites foolishly made peace with the enemy because they acted in their own wisdom apart from seeking God. They decided to walk by site and not consult the Lord whose mission they were on.

Do we do this in our own lives? Do we find ourselves allowing the enemy to have access into our lives because we act in our own wisdom apart from God? Do we unknowingly make peace with the enemy because we leave God out of our decisions and live our lives without inquiring of our commander – God Almighty? God has a plan and a mission for our lives. He wants to use us for His kingdom purposes. However, we must seek Him for our marching orders and not take things into our own hands.

The dangers of walking in our own wisdom and by our own site is amplified when we consider that we are in a war against the Prince of Darkness and evil spiritual forces that desire to destroy us. Therefore, we must have spiritual eyes and not trust our physical site. We can look at something with our physical eyes and think we can handle it. However, we are blind to the massive spiritual danger that desires to destroy us. Let’s learn from the mistake made by the Israelites and let’s inquire of the Lord. Let’s never allow ourselves to make peace with the enemy.
The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath. – Joshua 9:14-15

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