Spiritual Warfare

Joshua 1:2 Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.

For Joshua and the Israelites, the possession of the promised land was realized by faith in God, obedience to His word, and standing against God’s enemies. As with the taking of Canaan, salvation and eternal life involves spiritual warfare and conquest. Christians are engaged in a spiritual conflict with evil. This conflict is described as a warfare of faith.

Under the new covenant, salvation and God’s blessings are maintained by a present living faith in Jesus Christ expressed in obedience to His word and in spiritual warfare against sin, the flesh, and Satan. However, the believer’s victory has been secured by Christ Himself through His death on the cross.

God told Joshua to be strong and of a good courage. He told him He would be with him and would not fail him nor forsake him. We have that same commitment from God in our struggles with our faith today.

Joshua was also told in verse 7: Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. To possess the promised land, Joshua and the Israelites had to commit themselves to obeying God’s written Word. It was to be their guide as opposed to all human ideas, traditions or religions. Joshua was to be faithful to God’s Word by talking about it, mediating on it and obeying it fully.

God’s message to Joshua provides us with a set of general principles for successful living. This principle applies to us today. Although God isn’t bound to provide material prosperity to everyone who follows these conditions; those who know and follow God’s word and law will be prosperous and successful in that they possess the wisdom to live righteously and to achieve God’s goal for their lives.

Larry Cobb

Published on January 8, 2018