You Were Never Meant to be Kept Out or Driven Out

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Joshua, which was written and recorded by Joshua the son of Nun who was tasked with leading the children of Israel into the land of Canaan, as well as their conquest of the land. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters fifteen through eighteen of this Old Testament book. DIVIDING THE LAND! CLAIMING INHERITANCE! TAKING POSSESSION! If chapters six through twelve of this Old Testament book describe much of the conquest and battles which Joshua and the congregation of the children of Israel, then chapters thirteen through eighteen describe the division of the land. Perhaps one of the most striking realities surrounding the book of Joshua is that the book itself didn’t begin with the children of Israel crossing over the Jordan River, entering into the land with the waters returning to their rightful place behind them, and then dividing the inheritance among them. As you read the words which are found and contained within this Old Testament book you will find that although the land as a whole was the inheritance of the people of God, within the land there were individual inheritances that were distributed among the people. The land of Canaan as a whole was the inheritance of the people of Israel, however within this land there were portions which were given unto each of the twelve tribes as an inheritance. What’s more, is that if you delve even deeper and further into this book you will find that this concept of inheritance is not only on a corporate level in terms of the whole congregation and assembly of Israel, but it also drills down to the inheritance of families and households. What so fascinates and amazes me about the concept of inheritance is that while it was indeed a corporate reality and manifestation in the midst of the people of God, it was also something that was personal and individual for each family and household. It is impossible to read the words contained within the book of Joshua and not come face to face with the reality that while inheritance was something that was given unto the whole assembly and congregation of the people of Israel, it was something that would be enjoyed and experienced on an even deeper and more personal level. The inheritance was indeed given unto the descendants of Abraham, however, within that inheritance each individual family and household was given the ability to enjoy inheritance for themselves in the midst of the land.

The more I read and the more I consider the words which are found within the Old Testament book of Joshua the more I come face to face with the fact that when the inheritance was in fact given unto the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, the borders and boundaries of each inheritance would and could not altered for all generations. Once each portion of the overall inheritance in the midst of the congregation of the children of Israel was given unto each of the twelve tribes that was their portion within the land. It is true that unto those tribes which had more people the portion of their inheritance was much greater and much larger than that of others. The greater the tribe in overall number was in the midst of the land the greater the portion within the inheritance was. How utterly and completely fascinating it is to think about and consider the fact that the entire land of Canaan was in fact given unto the congregation and assembly of Israel, however, within that land as a whole there were individual portions which were given unto each of the tribes of Israel within the land. Each tribe would be guaranteed their place in the midst of the land, and each tribe would have a portion among their brethren, and would have the ability to experience inheritance together with their fellow brethren. What a truly wonderful and remarkable sense of community was found in the midst of the land of Canaan, as not only did the entire congregation of the children of Israel enter into the land of Canaan and receive it as an inheritance, but each individual tribe would have their own portion within and in the midst of the inheritance. No tribe would be left out from receiving their own portion in the midst of the inheritance, and every tribe of the congregation of the children of Israel would receive their portion and their share in the land. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this awesome reality, for when the congregation of the children of Israel entered into the land of Canaan, they entered in knowing that each one of them would be given a portion of the land for and as their inheritance and possession. Each of the twelve tribes knew they would receive a portion and piece of the land, and each tribe knew that when they entered into the land none of them would be left out of the division of the land.

As I sit here this morning I can’t help but think about the tremendous fact that when you read this Old Testament book of Joshua you will find that the congregation of the children of Israel didn’t enter into the land of Canaan and then immediately begin dividing the land between the twelve tribes of Israel. In all reality, I would dare say it’s incredibly difficult to divide land that hasn’t yet been conquered or subdued within the land itself. The congregation of the children of Israel could have very easily entered into the land and began casting lots for what portion of the land they each felt they wanted. If there is one thing I find completely and utterly fascinating about the book of Joshua is the sense of order and structure that is contained within it. The entire book of Joshua contains this systematic approach to the land which was being given and which had been given unto the congregation of the children of Israel, and the entire narrative of the congregation and assembly of the children of Israel begins with crossing over the Jordan River and with the waters of the river returning to its rightful place behind them. I continue to find it absolutely astounding that as much as the parting of the waters was a divine and supernatural act of God, so also was the returning of the waters to their original place. We tend to spend a great deal of time focusing on the waters of the Jordan River parting and dividing before the congregation of the children of Israel, and their crossing over the river on dry ground into the land which was sworn unto them, however, there is very little that is being spoken concerning the fact that if the waters were and if the waters had to be parted and divided, so also would they need to be returned. Once the entire congregation of the children of Israel had crossed over the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, and once they had entered into the land that was to be theirs as an inheritance the waters would need to be returned to their rightful place and order within the land. I can’t help but wonder what that sight and sound must have been like for the congregation of the children of Israel to hear and see the waters of the Jordan River returning to their rightful place behind them knowing what it meant and signified. Once the waters of the Jordan River returned to their original place in the midst of the land the path which they had just passed through would be closed and shut off, and the children of Israel would be in the land that was promised unto them since the time of Abraham the patriarch of the Hebrew people.

WHEN THE WATERS RETURN, THE WORK BEGINS! WHEN THE WATER RETURNS, THE TASK BEGINS! It’s truly astonishing to think about and consider the fact that once the waters of the Jordan River returned to their rightful place the children of Israel were within the land that was to be theirs as an inheritance. Upon the waters of the Jordan River returned to their rightful place behind the feet of the priests which carried and bore the ark upon their shoulders the systematic approach and work within the land of Canaan would begin, and Joshua and the children of Israel would need to engage themselves in beginning the process of taking possession, conquering and subduing the land. What I find so absolutely incredible about the book of Joshua is that once the waters of the Jordan River returned to their rightful place the children of Israel were left with only one direction left to go, which was forward into the land of Canaan. When the waters returned to their rightful place behind the children of Israel the children of Israel could neither return to where they came from, nor could they retreat before and from their enemies. It’s worth noting that when the children of Israel entered into the land of Canaan there was absolutely no room for flight, for retreat, or for running away from the enemy or adversary. The congregation of the children of Israel were now in the land after more than a half century of waiting for the promise, and this generation was in the land after forty years of wandering in the wilderness, and once those waters returned to their place they were tasked with the assignment of conquering and subduing the land before them. There was no margin for flight, there was no margin for retreating, and there was no margin for running away from their enemies, and the only reason they would flee from the men of Ai was because Israel had sinned in the matter of the accursed thing. Once Joshua and the children of Israel removed the accursed thing from their midst they would engage the men of Ai once more, and they would pretend to flee before the men of Ai as had previously been done, however, it would be a ploy and plot to lure all the men of war out of the city, thus leaving it unguarded and unprotected. It should be noted that when the congregation of the children of Israel entered into the land and those waters closed behind them, it was as if they were now in a cage with enemies and adversaries before and all around them, and there was nowhere for them to move but forward, and there was no place to run, hide or retreat. NOWHERE TO RUN, NO DIRECTION BUT FORWARD!

When I think about and consider the Old Testament book of Joshua I can’t help but be incredibly gripped and captivated with and by the fact that once the congregation of the children of Israel was in the land, there was a great deal of work which needed to be done. Just because they were in the land which the LORD their God had sworn unto their fathers, and just because the LORD had brought them through the waters of the Jordan River, that didn’t mean the inheritance was ready for them to take possession of. The congregation of the children of Israel had a tremendous upwards battle once they were present in the midst of the land, which would begin with the need to conquer and subdue the nations and inhabitants of the land. IN fact, there were seven different nations and peoples within the land of Canaan—each with their own kings and rulers which ruled over individual cities. The congregation of the children of Israel entered into the land of Canaan directly across from Jericho, and the city of Jericho would be their first conflict and first struggle within the land. What’s more, is that it’s almost as if immediately after the congregation of the children of Israel entered into the land they needed to immerse themselves in the conflict, the struggle and the battle that was the conquest of the land of Canaan. Once those waters of the Jordan River retreated and returned back to their rightful place in the midst of the city, the congregation of the children of Israel would find themselves encountering their first stronghold in the midst of the land. It’s worth mentioning that upon their entering into the land of Canaan the congregation of the children of Israel would encounter what was essentially a stronghold in the midst of the land—something that was tightly shut up and secure in the midst of the land. Upon their entering into the land of Canaan the children of Israel the people of Israel would not be faced with an army that would come out to meet them and march against them, but rather a city that was tightly shut up and secured—almost as if it were a powerful declaration and proclamation to them that although they were in the land, they could not access or unlock that which was present in the midst of it. The waters of the Jordan River had indeed parted, and they had indeed entered into the land that was promised unto them, however, their first introduction to conflict and warfare was a stronghold that essentially screamed at them they were wasting their time and spinning their wheels with their endeavor within the land. I have to admit that I love the fact that Jericho was the first battle and first conflict the congregation of the children of Israel faced in the midst of the land of Canaan, for essentially that which they found themselves staring down was a taunt from the enemy declaring that they wouldn’t be able to access that which was present in the midst of the land—the land would be completely shut off from them.

The conquest of the land of Canaan would begin with waters which separated the congregation of the children of Israel from where they were from where they were going being parted, and their entering into that which the LORD had planned and prepared for them. Once the waters of the Jordan River began flowing back to their original place they would find themselves staring down what was perhaps one of—if not the greatest stronghold and city in the midst of the land of Canaan. In fact, of all the greatest strongholds and cities in the midst of the land, only the city of Jerusalem would remain occupied until the days of David when he ruled and reigned as king over the nation and kingdom of Israel. The first conflict and struggle the congregation of the children of Israel faced when entering into the land would be that which dared scream and shout at them that despite the fact they were in the land they would not be able to access what was present within it. I do not believe it was any coincidence that Jericho was the first battle the congregation of the children of Israel faced in the midst of the land, for the children of Israel needed to know and understand that even though the city of Jericho was tightly shut up and nothing went in and nothing came out—that wouldn’t stop the people of God from marching straight up into the land. I absolutely love that the city of Jericho would be tightly shut up and would seem to be secure without anyone being able to access what was inside, and yet the LORD still brought His people straight up in the midst of the city. The congregation of the children of Israel would not need to raise bulwarks or use any man made devices to gain access to the stronghold that was Jericho, for the only they needed to do was march in silence for seven days, and then upon the seventh time on the seventh day they would shout with all their might and with all their strength and watch that which was shut up and that which attempted to close them off to the inheritance before them would be opened. WHEN YOUR SHOUT OPENS UP THE PROMISED LAND! WHEN YOUR VOICE UNLOCKS THE INHERITANCE BEFORE YOU! Despite the fact that the city of Jericho was tightly shut up and that which was present within the city was shut off from the congregation of the children of Israel they would not be able to keep the congregation of the children of Israel out. Despite the fact that it was tightly shut up and none went in and none went out, that would not keep the congregation of the children of Israel out of the land, for their shouts and their voices would unlock and open up the land before them, as they would march straight up into it with their swords, shields and spears. Despite their best efforts to hide behind their walls and gates the inhabitants of the city of Jericho could not keep the people of God from taking the city, from entering in, and from completely and utterly conquering and subduing it.

The Old Testament book of Joshua is one that is completely and entirely filled with a tremendous amount of activity and action within the narrative of the congregation of the children of Israel. Once they entered into the land they were instantly and immediately faced and confronted with the need to take up the sword, the spear, and the shield in order for them to engage the enemies and adversaries which were present in the midst of the land. Once the waters of the Jordan River closed behind them it was a powerful message that the entire land of Canaan was now before them, and they had need of moving forward within and throughout the land that they might conquer and subdue it. In all reality, I would even dare state there was very little—if any—time to waste once the waters of the Jordan River had closed behind them. Once the children of Israel had entered into the land of Canaan, and once their feet had settled on the dry ground opposite that place they entered the tremendous task and assignment of conquering the land would begin, and they would have to engage themselves in conflict and battle with and against their enemies and adversaries within the land. Perhaps one of the most intriguing realities that is found within this Old Testament book is the three distinct categories of the enemy which is found within the land. If Jericho represented a stronghold that was intended to not only keep the people of God, but also keep that which was inside from being accessed, and If Jericho represented the enemy setting up and establishing a stronghold in the midst of the inheritance which was promised and given unto the people of God, and the enemy screaming and shouting that you will not enter and will not access what is inside, then there must be something that is to be said about the people of Gibeon who beguiled, deceived and betrayed Joshua and the children of Israel. There must be some sort of tactic that is represented with and by the people of Gibeon which still stands and still holds true to this very day—tactics and strategies which the enemy can and will continue to use within our hearts and lives. What’s more, is that the same must also be said about the king of Jerusalem—Adoni-zedek—who rallied four other kings together with him to march against and make war with the people of Gibeon because of their alliance and peace treaty with Joshua and the people of God. Furthermore, I would dare say there is a prophetic word and message that is found in the king of Hazor who aligned himself with various other kings within the land, as well as countless of the inhabitants within the land in order that they might march up against Joshua and the children of Israel. There is not a doubt in my mind that if and as you study the narrative of each of the battles which Joshua and the children of Israel faced in the midst of the land of Canaan—including the battle of Ai, which initially resulted in defeat as a result of disobedience—you will encounter a strong connection and a strong parallel between how the enemy operated then and how the enemy operates now and will continue to operate until he is cast into the bottomless pit for one-thousand years before being release for a short period of time leading up to his ultimate being cast into hell itself.

If and as you read and study the words which are found in the Old Testament book of Joshua you will find different scenarios which took place prior to the division of the land by lot as an inheritance unto the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. If chapters six through twelve describe the different conflicts and battles Joshua and the children of Israel engaged themselves in once they had crossed over the Jordan River, and if chapter fourteen is a description of all the kings Joshua and the children of Israel slaughtered and put to the edge of the sword during their conquests, then chapters fourteen through eighteen describe the division of the land according to lots which were cast for each of the twelve tribes. The opening chapters of the Old Testament book of Joshua describe the instruction of the LORD given and spoken unto Joshua to rise up and lead the congregation of the children of Israel into the land of Canaan, and to cross the Jordan River into that land which would be their inheritance and possession. The second chapter of this Old Testament book describes the two spies which Joshua sent into the city of Jericho to spy out the city and the land itself. In the third chapter we encounter and come face to face with the actual parting and dividing of the waters of the Jordan River, and the children of Israel crossing over the Jordan River and entering into the land of Canaan. In chapters four and five we find the waters returning to their rightful place and their rightful order—but not before twelve men would set up a memorial in the midst of the river where the feet of the priests rested, as well as a memorial on the western edge of the Jordan River commemorating their journey into the land of Canaan and their crossing over into the land. What’s more is that within the fourth and fifth chapters you will find Joshua circumcising that entire generation—that generation which had wandered in the wilderness for forty years—for up to that point none of them had been circumcised. It’s almost as if the call to circumcision was not only fulfilling that covenant and that command which were given unto Abraham, but it was also a powerful prophetic message to the children of Israel that not only did the foreskin of their flesh need to be circumcised and cut off, but so also did their hearts need to be circumcised before and in the sight of the living God. Also within the fifth chapter you will find Joshua encountering a man who appeared unto him with a sword drawn in his hand—a man who revealed himself as the captain of the Lord’s host, and instructed Joshua to take off his sandals for the place where he was standing was holy ground. It’s interesting to note that Moses encountered the LORD at the burning bush in the wilderness and was instructed to take off his sandals, for the place where he was standing was holy ground, and now we have Joshua encountering the captain of the host of the LORD, and being instructed to remove his sandals for the place he was standing was holy ground.

As I sit here this morning I can’t help but think about and consider the progression of the Old Testament book of Joshua, and how in this Old Testament book we find a systematic conquering and subduing of the land of Canaan, as well as the division of the land as an inheritance unto the twelve tribes of Israel. Before, however, the land could be divided among the twelve tribes of Israel as an inheritance the land itself would need to be conquered and subdued before Joshua and the children of Israel. This is important for us to recognize, for although it was possible for Joshua and the children of Israel to physically be in the inheritance, and to physically be in the place of possession and promise, it would not actually be what it was created and intended to be. There would need to be battles fought, conflicts endured, struggles faced, and a tremendous warfare that would need to take place within and in the midst of the land. In all reality, I would dare say that the land of Canaan does not represent heaven itself as we know it as the eternal abode and throne of the living God. There is no conflict, there is no strife, there are no battles in heaven, there are no wars in heaven, and there is no need to take up the sword, or the shield, or the spear in heaven, for it is ruled and governed by holiness, by righteousness, by peace, and by the sovereign presence and glory of the living God. I fully recognize what is written and recorded in the twelfth chapter of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, however, we must recognize and understand that the war which is mentioned there does not take place before the throne of God, nor in the very presence of the living God. It was true Lucifer rebelled against the throne of the living God and against His authority, and caused a third of the angels to join him in that rebellion, however, that which we find and that which we read in the twelfth chapter of the book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ is something that is entirely different. With that being said, I feel the great need to emphatically declare that the land which was the inheritance of the children of Israel most likely refers to the kingdom of heaven as we recognize and understand it in the midst of the earth, and its direct link and connection to what we would know as the Christian life. This can be evidenced with and by the fact that the land as a whole was an inheritance received by the people as a whole, by the people as a corporate body, and by a people as a community of people. While it is true the land as a whole was an inheritance that was given unto the people of God as a whole, there were individual inheritances governed by borders and boundaries in the midst of and within the land that would belong to each of the twelve tribes of Israel. What’s more, is that within each inheritance of the twelve tribes there would be inheritances and possessions which would be enjoyed on an individual and personal level. This can be evidenced by the instruction that was given unto the children of Israel not to remove the ancient boundary mark that belongs to another’s inheritance, as well as the words we find concerning the vineyard of Naboth, and how that vineyard was the inheritance of his family for generations.

While Joshua and the children of Israel would indeed be present within the land of Canaan, and while they would indeed be within that which was to be their inheritance, it would and could not be that which it was created and intended to be without conflict, without struggle, without battle, and without conquest and the subduing of enemies and adversaries within and in the midst of the land. Once you come to the sixth chapter of the Old Testament book of Joshua you will quickly discover and encounter the wonderful and tremendous fact there were battles which needed to be fought in the midst of the land of Canaan—battles which began with the city of Jericho, which undoubtedly represents a stronghold in the midst of that which the Lord our God has promised us, and which the enemy and adversary can and will do whatever he can to keep us out. There is not a doubt in my mind that the city of Jericho represents strongholds within and in the midst of that which the LORD has given unto us, and those strongholds which the enemy and adversary will use to keep you from accessing what’s inside, as well as to keep what’s inside from being overtaken. What’s so incredible about Jericho, is that the battle of Jericho wasn’t so much about capturing what was inside, but about destroying the stronghold itself, and subduing that which was in the midst of it. Jericho wasn’t so much about taking the city in order that the people of God might lay hold of it, and even claim it as some type of treasure, for Joshua pronounced a curse upon it once it was destroyed and declared that the man who attempted to rebuild the walls would do so at the expense of his firstborn son, and the man who attempted to raise its gates would do so at the expense of his second born son. In all reality, there was one who attempted to rebuild the walls of Jericho and raise its gates once more, and he did so at the expense of his first and second born sons. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this, for when you think about and consider the battle which was Jericho, you must recognize that this battle was about causing this stronghold to come crumbling down before the people of God, and leaving it in ruins and rubble never to be built again. That which the enemy would use as a message to the people of God that they could not destroy strongholds, and they could not subdue what was inside was the first battle which Joshua and the children of Israel faced upon entering into the land of Canaan, and it was a powerful prophetic message unto us as the people of God concerning those strongholds which the enemy has established and set up in that which would be our inheritance. Oh that we would recognize and understand that Jericho represented the enemy and adversary attempting to declare unto us that we cannot bring down the strongholds which exist within the land, and that we can never subdue that which was inside. Oh, I can’t help but be reminded of the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the tenth chapter of the second epistle written unto the Corinthian saints:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is full” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

If the city of Jericho represents a stronghold which exists within the inheritance which must not only be brought down to the ground and left in a heap of ruins never to be built again, then we must conclude that when we speak about the inheritance within our own lives there are and will be strongholds which the enemy has set up which need to be brought crashing and crumbling to the ground never to rise or be rebuilt again. With this being said, we must recognize that Jericho was the tactic of the enemy and adversary setting up strongholds within the inheritance in our lives as a message to us that we can neither bring them down, nor destroy that which is present in the midst of it—that which the enemy can and will attempt to guard and protect at all costs. This must be understood, for one of the enemy’s greatest tactics and strategies is setting up strongholds within and in the midst of our hearts, our minds and our lives, but he will also seek to subdue us through disobedience and rebellion and transgression against the living God. When the walls of Jericho came crashing to the ground, and when the people of God utterly and completely destroyed the city, the next tactic and strategy would be disobedience and transgression in the matter of the accursed thing. If the enemy and adversary can bring us to the point and place where we sin with the accursed thing then we might very well be rendered completely powerless to stand before him in the midst of the inheritance. What’s worth noting is that even though the children of Israel sinned in the matter of the accursed thing—once they removed the accursed thing, the conquest of the land was back on track and the LORD would once more be with them in battle. This is what is so incredible about that which is found in the eighth chapter of this Old Testament book of Joshua, for not only was the battle back on track, but Joshua and the children of Israel were able to take Ai through stealth, ambush and deception, as they set an ambush against the city while they lured out all the men of war which were in the city. Once all the men of war within the city were removed from the midst of it, Joshua gave the signal to the ambush, which entered the city, set on fire, and then came up behind all the men of war of Ai, thus surrounding them. With no place to flee, run or hide, Joshua and the men of war utterly destroyed all the men of war from Ai, and utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of the land within the city. With two cities now conquered and defeated within the land of Canaan, the people of Gibeon would beguile and deceive Joshua and the children of Israel in order that they might make peace with them—a tactic and strategy that has been used by the enemy over and over again. Sennacherib king of Assyria would come to the city of Jerusalem attempting to lure Hezekiah and the people of God into a peace treaty and alliance with him. It’s important to note that if the enemy can’t be and is not successful with strongholds, and with transgression against the living God, then he can and will attempt to bring us to the place where we make peace with what is in the land, and peace with what’s present within our inheritance. The underlying reality of the people of Gibeon and Joshua is the deception the enemy can and will use to lure us into a place where we make peace with that which must be utterly and completely destroyed. This reality would come into play—not only within the book of Judges when the tribes of Israel failed to drive out and dispossess all the inhabitants of the land, thus allowing them to remain among them, but also with Saul king of Israel who did not utterly destroy Amalek from the earth. The underlying prophetic truth is that we cannot and must not enter into a peace treaty, nor make peace with that which the Lord our God has instructed us to destroy, and to utterly and completely drive out from within our lives and our inheritance.

As if all of this wasn’t enough you will find two other tremendous conflicts which took place in chapters eleven and twelve of this Old Testament book, as Joshua and the children of Israel would be thrust into conflict and battle over the men of Gibeon when the king of Jerusalem and the four other kings who aligned themselves with him—together with all their host and forces—marched up against the people of Gibeon to destroy them for their peace treaty and alliance with Joshua and the children of Israel. Ultimately, Joshua and the men of war would march up from Gilgal and destroy the forces of these kings which marched against Gibeon, and caused them to flee and hide in a cave within the land. Ultimately, Joshua and the people of Israel would seal the cave with these kings inside while they turned and directed their attention to the cities which they ruled over, thus utterly and completely destroying them within the land. Once their cities were and had been destroyed Joshua and the children of Israel would bring the kings out, as Joshua would have the commanders put their feet on the necks of these kings before utterly striking them down with the sword. Immediately following the conflict between Joshua and the people of God and these five kings within the land there would be an even greater conflict and struggle that would emerge within the land, as the king of Hazor would align himself with other kings, and would march against Joshua and the children of Israel with a great host of horses, chariots and soldiers in an attempt to destroy them, and drive them out from the land. In fact, Joshua describes how this host which came against Joshua and the children of Israel was as great as the sand which was upon the shore. What’s worth noting is how the LORD declared unto Joshua that he need not be afraid of this host which was before him, for He hardened their hearts that He might give them into the hands of Joshua and the children of Israel. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this absolutely incredible and absolutely tremendous reality, for within this conflict and battle we find another tactic and strategy of the enemy—namely, that which we find in the case of Elisha when horses and chariots and a great host of Syria marched against him to overtake him. Of course this is the passage where we find the eyes of Elisha’s servant being opened and seeing the hills and mountains filled and lined with horses and chariots of fire which made up the host of heaven. This reality would even be found in Sennacherib’s attempt to threaten and intimidate Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem, as well as Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army surrounding the city of Jerusalem once more. It has always been and will always be the tactic and strategy of the enemy to come against us with everything he’s got, or at least with a great number and great host in order to threaten us, intimidate us, and even striker fear in our hearts because of such a great force. It’s absolutely astonishing to consider the fact that Joshua and the children of Israel completely would be victorious over this vast army. In fact, you will read in the eleventh chapter that there was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon, for all others Joshua and the children of Israel took in battle.

Bringing this writing to a close it is worth noting the tactics and strategies of the enemy and adversary within our lives, as well as the reality and concept of inheritance and possession within our lives. Just because Joshua and the children of Israel had entered into the land of Canaan, and had entered into the land which was to be their inheritance, that didn’t mean the inheritance was what it needed to be and what it was created to be. There would need to be conflicts, struggles, battles and wars that would be faced within and in the midst of the land in order that the land might be subdued before Joshua and the children of Israel. What’s more, is that there would come the time when the land would need to be divided between the twelve tribes of Israel, and that each tribe would receive their portion of the land as an inheritance. It’s imperative that we recognize and understand this wonderful and tremendous reality, for when we do, it dramatically alters and shapes how we view the inheritance which has been given unto us—an inheritance which is secured in the heavens, and which is found in the person of Jesus the Christ. What we must recognize and understand is that this inheritance is not and will not be without conflict, struggle and battles, and that we will need to conquer and subdue that which needs to be utterly and completely destroyed. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this absolutely tremendous and incredible truth, for it can and will dramatically alter and shape how we view the inheritance within our lives, as well as how we interact and move within and in the midst of the inheritance. Oh that we would recognize and understand the need for conflict, struggle and battles in order that the inheritance might be subdued before us, and that we would recognize and understand the tactics and strategies of the enemy within the land as he attempts to either keep us out, or drive us out. We must understand that the enemy has always and will always attempt to first keep us out of that which is before us, and will attempt to drive us out which we have been commanded and instructed to do within our hearts and lives. Oh that we would not be ignorant of the devices and schemes of the enemy, and that we would rise up in the strength, the power, the might and the courage of the LORD our God, and that we would rise up and take possession of that which has been promised and given unto us. Oh that we would recognize and understand that which the LORD our God has promised and prepared for us, and that we would not only carry out the command and instruction of the LORD exactly as He has decreed, but that we would not be slack in our effort to fulfill what He has commanded and instructed us to do, and that we would move forward without fear and without terror in our hearts and souls as we are engaged in a great partnership with the LORD to utterly conquer and subdue the inheritance that is found within our hearts and lives.

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