Are You Ready To Cross Over The Jordan River? Can you fight battles out numbered?
Before entering the Promised Land, Moses sent Joshua, Caleb, and other scouts to spy on the territory. Upon their return, all of the scouts, except Caleb and Joshua, gave a negative report and put fear into the hearts of God’s people. Caleb and Joshua were the only two spies who believed God would keep His promise to give Israel victory, even over giants! Their faith is what granted them entrance into the lands promised by God.
After Moses died, the mantle of leadership was passed to Joshua. The book of Joshua is all about “entering in” and claiming that which God has promised. It is also about obedience and faith. By trusting God and stepping out in faith, God protected His children.
“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:1-3 (NKJV)
“And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.” Joshua 6:21 (NKJV)
The Israelites fought many battles after crossing the Jordan River, and they were often out numbered. However, Joshua knew God was with them and always advanced when the Lord commanded. Impossible odds never deterred him.
Our Father uses weakness to prove He provides the victory. God won the battle of Jericho, not the Israelites. It was a supernatural victory that gave witness to other nations of His power and Israel’s favor. God was their shield, so long as they followed His instructions and gave Him the glory.
For 45 years Joshua lead God’s people in battle. They received victory over victory. Thanks to His hedge of protection and might, one soldier of Israel was equal to 1,000 soldiers from the other side. Israel was powerful in battle because God was fighting for them.
Although Joshua was a great leader, he too had to learn some hard and costly lessons. One lesson involved the importance of rooting out any sin in his camp. In life, our actions and sins affect others. There is a ripple affect. Achan’s decision to steal from God, by taking some of the booty of Jericho, cost him not only his life, but also the lives of his family. God commanded Joshua to root out the evil the camp and destroy it completely, or He would withdraw His favor and hedge of protection.
Besides actively entering into the promises of God, there is another theme found in the book of Joshua. It is repeated over and over. Not only are we to follow the instructions of God, but also we are to follow His directions completely. God had reasons for telling the Israelites to utterly destroy nations ….. Including women and children. He knew that by intermarrying with other nations who worshipped idols, the people of Israel (see Judges) would fall into compromise and sin. God’s orders were again an effort to protect.
Has God made you promises in which your future requires bold steps of faith? Has He asked you to enter into unknown lands filled with giants? Are you quaking in your boots and refusing to trust Him with the battles that await you? Or, are you like Caleb and Joshua, ready to enter into the promises of God, convinced that He will provide victories and protection?
Before you can receive true power from God and His promised victories, you must examine your heart. Root out any sin that hinders your progress into the lands He has prepared for you. Acknowledge any idols and compromise in your life and completely destroy them. Then, once this is done, pray. Actively listen to His instructions and then step out in faith knowing He is able to do the impossible.
By stepping into your promised land, you will probably have to face many trials. You may need to battle giants. Giants come in many directions and shapes, so you should be dressed in your spiritual armor and have God by your side.
Sorrows and loss are gigantic giants. However, whatever you are asked to leave behind will be nothing compared to the glory soon to be revealed in your future. God told Joshua to be brave and very courageous. He told him not to fear. Trusting God with your battles will enable you to fight boldly and with confidence.
Finally, be sure you give God His due. Never take from His treasury. Always give Him the glory and praise for your victories, for He is the One who provided them. Taking credit for things God has accomplished through you is like Achan stealing the spoils and treasures of God. They never belonged to him and they will never belong to you. Humility, obedience, and faith will carry you far into your personal promised lands. Be brave and courageous and step forward to claim your prize!
“But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”
Joshua 6:19 (NKJV)
“But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel.” Joshua 7:1 (NKJV)