Friday, June 23, 2017

Invincibility, Security and Stability

UV 2301/10000 Invincibility and Absolute Security
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Joshua 1 v 5

Joshua was Israel’ s conquering hero. The walls of Jericho could not withstand him. The mighty men of Anakim could not resist or overcome him. He led the Israelite nation to victory over 31 kings en route to claiming the promised land. The secret of his leadership strength and victories was his devotion to Jehovah. The Lord God’ s presence went with Joshua and ahead as well as behind him. His hand was strong upon Joshua. The result was that no flesh and blood could withstand or overcome him all the days of his life. He became invincible for the Lord fought on his side. Yet another secret of Joshua’s strength and success was his diligent study of the Word of God. Obedience and trust followed diligent study of the Ten Commandments and the Books of the Law then available. The Lord was in a covenant relationship with him as he vowed to serve the Lord by leading the people of Israel.
Even as God was with Moses, He was with Joshua. He promised to “be with him.” He preserved his life in many battles. He protected him. He encouraged him. He gave him counsel on leadership and strategy. The Lord promised never to fail him and never to leave him. He was his bulwark and fortress. Joshua had a sense of absolute security. The presence of the Lord was continuously with him, in him and over him. He never departed from Joshua all the days of his life. It meant that Joshua never offended the Lord in thought, word or deed. He spoke uncompromisingly to the people and led courageously in battle. The Lord delivered many of his powerful foes into his hands. Joshua never made a pact with the enemy. He marched on boldly and persistently till the mission that he was given was fulfilled.
Today, we are declared to be under the new covenant of blood of Jesus and with the hope of resurrection in Him to be more than conquerors. We are more than Joshua as the presence of the Holy Spirit is with us all the days of our lives. Neither the ‘ups’ of life should excite us nor the ‘downs’ depress us. Our heart’s desire should be to follow the lead of the Spirit of God and to obey His word implicitly. Our sense of security should not lie in the world’s systems, riches, titles, offices, sense of achievement or esteem of people or our connections or network but in the assurance of the personal knowledge of Christ, the hope of eternal life, the presence of the Lord with us and in us. We are more than Joshua as He is no longer only with us and for us but He is in us. He provides us leadership from deep within our hearts. The sense of absolute security should give us a hold on absolute stability of mind, emotions and our response to the Lord. Jesus is our anchor in the storms and challenges of life. He is also our sail, compass, helm and helmsman.

Prateep V Philip

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