The Defeated Enemy
Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 3-6; 1 Corinthians 4
Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 6:2-21
After 40 years of wandering around the desert, the Israelites finally crossed the Jordan and made it to the Promised Land. They knew, however, that this was not the end of the story. They knew that they were going to have to battle against the Amorites and the Canaanites (the two major groups living in Canaan at the time) to take over the land that God promised them. The first city they would attack would be Jericho. At the time, Jericho was to the Canaanites what Washington D.C. is for Americans today. It represented all of the military power and strength of the Canaanites, and was heavily fortified. At this point, you may be wondering why they would choose to fight the first battle against such a heavily fortified city, but the answer is really pretty simple. The Israelites did not choose this battle – God did. God chose to send the Israelites up against Jericho right off the bat and the Israelites merely followed His leading. God knew that conquering the city of Jericho would instill fear in all of the other Canaanites, so He chose to show His power there first.
Joshua was preparing for the battle in Jericho. He saw how fortified the city was, and he knew how powerful the army was, but Joshua was not afraid. He knew that God – the almighty powerful God who created all of the heavens and the earth – was with him. In Joshua 6:2 we read, “Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.'” Please notice here that God did not say, “I will deliver”. He said, “I have delivered”. The battle had not even begun, but God was already telling Joshua that he had won. Joshua was going into battle knowing that God had already defeated his enemy!
Imagine what it would be like to know that the enemy you were about to battle was already defeated. Imagine knowing that no matter what you did or what your enemy did, your enemy was still going to lose. Imagine knowing that in the end, you were going to be victorious no matter what. How would that make you feel? What kind of confidence would you have going into that battle? You would feel invincible, right? You can stop imagining now because I have some good news for you. The reality is, you do not have to imagine what it feels like to know that your enemy has already been defeated because your enemy HAS already been defeated. Your enemy and mine was defeated the day Jesus Christ died on the cross. See, when that event took place, something amazing happened. God demonstrated His power over death, and He demonstrated His power over Satan. On that day, Satan’s destruction became a foregone conclusion. On that day, God stopped saying “I will” and started saying “I have”.
No matter what you might be facing today, you can rest in the knowledge that your enemy has already been defeated. Sometimes things can look pretty bleak. We look around this world and we see so much evil. We see evil people prospering and we see good people being persecuted, and it can be easy to have a negative outlook and disposition. But the fact is, though evil might reign in the world for a time, that time will come to an end. The ultimate battle of good versus evil has already been decided, and if you are a follower of Christ, you are on the winning side. No matter what you do or what your enemy does, you cannot lose. Your eternal salvation is secure by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The next time you are going to battle against evil, do not be afraid. The next time the temptation to sin is so strong you think you cannot hold out, stand firm. Feel secure in the confidence that comes from knowing that you are battling a defeated enemy.
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