Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Take it by force

As I was reading through Joshua chapters 11 and 12, I was again struck with the totality and even the brutality by which the Israelites took the Promised Land. They didn’t mess around. God gave them the land and told them to completely destroy the enemy. When the Israelites obeyed God, He gave them victory after victory. 

These passages give us a picture of the God's nature and His heart for His people. How does this apply to us today? Well, as children of God, we are supposed to take the land and bring His kingdom to this world. We have been commissioned to take the nations. Just like in the days of Joshua and Caleb, this requires some serious warfare. Taking the land involves a fight. It involves destroying the enemy. However, we are reminded by the apostle Paul that, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood (people), but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12 

Warfare will be a common experience in the life of a Christian. I have said it before, “the Christian life is not a passive experience.” Rather, the life of a Christian is a life of action, a life of warfare against Satan and his demons, a life of passionate obedience to our Commanding Office, and ultimately a life of victory.   

Let’s remember what Jesus said, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” Let’s take up arms and forcefully advance God’s kingdom!

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