The Battles Must Still be Fought

Joshua 6:2 (ESV)
“And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.”

Looking back from our study verse, we see Joshua being confronted by the commander of the Lord’s army (Joshua 5:13-15). This Christophany, a manifestation of the preincarnate Christ, instructs Joshua that Jericho is his in the ensuing battle. We know this is the Lord as there is no rebuke when Joshua bows down in worship; for comparison look at the response of Paul in Acts 14:8-20 and of John in Revelation 19:10.

Yet, notice how the Lord replies to Joshua when asked are you on our side or theirs. Joshua would naturally be concerned confronting an individual with a sword drawn, so it is a valid question, given he did not see Him as someone from his own army.

His answer to Joshua reflects His Supremacy; that He is not simply a soldier to fight along with or against, but He is the Commander of all and is here to direct the Lord’s army.

Certainly, He is there to secure Jericho for Israel, but the most important takeaway in this is that the battle must still be fought. Joshua still must confront the evil of the Amorites and other Canaanite nations and fight the bitter battles to take possession of the Promised Land. Joshua knew the battles that lie ahead were conflicts the Lord had already realized; however, if they wanted the Lord to fight for them, they must remain faithful to Him. Unfortunately, we see this disappear rather quickly with the sin of Achan and the first Battle of Ai (Joshua 7:1-26).

And so it is with us today.

Yes, Satan has already been defeated by the blood of Jesus, but we still must fight the battles every day. And as it was with the Battle of Ai, when we choose to rebel against God, we can expect to see Him withdrawing His protection from around us. Therefore, it is our faith and obedience that binds us to God’s favor.

It is then we can shout, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We will prevail against our own battles as long as we allow God to be the commander in our lives. He has never promised a life of peace and prosperity to which no harm or evil will ever come our way. As children of God, we are not fighting physical battles as much as we are fighting spiritual battles.

We belong to Christ, but Satan will conduct spiritual warfare to weaken our witness, as will our own selfish hearts. These are the battles we must fight every single day. There are several different Scriptural references to such spiritual warfare, including: Romans 8:37-39; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7.

So while we know that Christ will vanquish Satan and his demons, we are charged to fight the good fight until our Lord returns. We cannot relish in victory with so many battles yet to win and we cannot win these battles without the Lord being our Commander. We are to use the Word of the God as our weapon.

Put on the Armor of God and bring someone to know the Lord today; for such a victory is a victory that weakens the hold the prince of the power of the air currently enjoys.