Yesterday, we are studied chapter 5 of Joshua.
Quick overview: In this chapter God has come to Joshua and told him to relay an important preparation message to the people of Israel: Before they go into battle to take Jericho, they are to consecrate themselves. This stands in sharp contrast to what they probably wanted to do, which was sharpen knives, make spears, and design armor. (I encourage you to read this chapter before finishing this post so you can get the most out of it. It should not take more than about five minutes of your time.)
In this chapter, we see a number of important things that we can apply to our own lives:
- Understand the real enemy. It's not flesh and blood. It's sin and evil.
- Understand who owns the battle. This is Gods battle, and we participate in HIS battle.
- Our ways are rarely God's ways.
- There's a big difference between confession and repentance. Confession is acknowledging sin. Repentance is doing something completely opposite of the sinful action and not looking back on it and wishing you could participate in the sin.
We see that Israel started eating food from the land of Canaan and the manna from the sky stopped falling. For Israel, Manna was like baby food. They were given something they couldn't provide for themselves. Now the baby food is stopped and they're eating mature foods, designed for people of spiritual maturity. One of the greatest problems facing the American church is the fact that Christians all across our country want to be spoon-fed "feel good" messages from pulpits. Sadly, many popular pastors are giving Christians watered-down inspirational messages instead of the message of consecration and communion with God.
Folks, we are in a spiritual battle for souls. It might look like something else with a crazy election cycle and Isis blowing up people, but it's not about politics and its not about flesh and blood.
If we buy into the rhetoric of the day, we will not see what God sees. Moreover, we will foolishly ask him to help us with our flesh and blood battles instead of consecrating ourselves and allowing him to do battle at a much deeper level.
Is there an area of your life where you have been asking God for help in the natural when you need to abandon plans and wait for his marching orders in the supernatural?