The Promised Land was given to the Israelites before they ever attacked Jericho. It was already theirs by title, but they still had to truly make it their own by driving out and destroying the vile inhabitants.
If you are a follower of Christ, a child of God, then this is also how it is in your life. We have been given the kingdom. We have been given the victory, but we are still called to make it our own by doing battle against the enemy and driving out the yuck from our lives. We know we don’t battle against flesh and blood, but we do battle against the ruler of this lost world, against evil spiritual forces of the devil.
There is a blessing, a Promised Land, a victory for those who are in Christ Jesus. Sadly, many fail to grab hold of it by faith and practically enjoy it because of ignorance, laziness, or selfishness. Let’s not miss it. Let’s take what has been given to us and not miss out on any of it. Let’s advance the kingdom for the glory of God.
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have (past tense) delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. – Joshua 6:2