Fighting from a place of victory
Posted By Sparta Live | November 25, 2019 10:44 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
Why would God promise a vast amount of land to a multitude of people only to have them reach that long-awaited promise to find a host of armies gathered against them?
Sometimes, it may seem that everything in the land is trying to kill you. I’m sure that’s what the young nation of Israel thought under the leadership of Joshua. The Jordan River separated them from their land, and even that was impossible to cross by all human accounts. Their trek to get to the water’s edge had cost them many lives and years of hardship. Now, they find themselves deep into the promise and staring into the eyes of a coalition of warriors: all unified, all led by the same voice, all there to kill the Israelite invasion.
The historian Josephus gives a number to the massive army assembled in Joshua chapter 11 at 300,000 foot soldiers, 10,000 cavalry and 20,000 chariots. The armies and horses seemed as vast as grains of “sand that is upon the seashore.” One king called and assembled armies, tribes, cities, and settlements from everywhere. They came from the north, south, east and west. They brought with them great numbers, weapons, chariots, and horses to pull them with.
As I have researched, I found that chariots were most likely made and purchased from Egypt. Here the nation of Israel is 40 years removed from Egypt, and the enemy still wants to bring back past failures to infect today’s victory. I’m sure they had heard from their fathers about the dreaded chariots driven by evil task masters. Not only did the enemy gather and organize one of the largest battles in history, he also wanted the psychological advantage as well. But there’s one thing this vast army didn’t consider when they drew up their lines that day, and that was verse 6. God spoke to Joshua and told him, once again, not to fear and then gave him a supernatural boost of confidence when he said, “Tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel.”
It’s kind of hard to have a losing mentality when you’ve just been given that kind of word from God himself. Notice with me in that verse that God spent more time talking about after the victory than he did about winning the battle. He wanted to stress the point to burn the chariots and disable the horses for further use. Chariots could have been captured and used for future battles, but God saw to it that Israel would fight outnumbered, out weaponized, and from the ground. Chariots and horses represented an independence on self instead of relying on God for each victory. Go back to the Red Sea crossing, and God drowned the chariots under water. Now he has them burned. Everything that represents our independence away from God was either drowned or burned. There is no victory outside of Christ.
Now, as this relates to us, we can hold to a couple of truths. The enemy wants us dead, and the Lord wants us victorious. The enemy will bring unimaginable forces against the Christian life because he desperately fears the influence we can have on those around us. The promised land was intended to become a land completely God centered – void of pagan influence. A land of plenty given by God to his people so the people could live for him. He desires for each of us to live for him and the enemy wants the opposite. If he can’t get it, then he will bring up the past, bring large numbers against us, and overwhelm us in any way he can.
Joshua forgot about fighting “for” victory and concentrated on fighting “from” a place of victory. You see, we don’t need larger numbers on our side or fancy words spoken in prayer to win in this battle called life. We just need to fight “from” a place of victory in Jesus. So assemble your battle lines in prayer and let us win this war together. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God, and we are Christpoint Church. Welcome home.