“And the Lord said to Joshua: ‘See! I have already given you Jericho into your hand, its king, and the might men of valor.’” Joshua 6:2
John Chrysostom was a preacher in the third and fourth century that faced a lot of conflict on his conquest of faith. He once said, “You are but a poor soldier of Christ if you think you can overcome without fighting, and suppose you can have a crown without conflict.”
Nobody knew this truth better than Joshua. He knew he had to conquer Jericho before he could move forward into the Promised Land. As he stood staring at the walls of the city before him, the Commander of the army of God stood before him with a sword in His hand. In response, Joshua fell on his face and worshipped Him and said to Him, “‘What does my Lord say to his servant?’ Then the Commander of the army of God said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot for the place you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so” (Joshua 5:14-15). Then, in Joshua 6:2, it says, “And the Lord said to Joshua: ‘See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.’”
What a great reminder for us as we face conflicts as Christians - we’ve already won! Jesus already defeated every spiritual enemy (John 12:31). He defeated Satan on the cross and His resurrection and ascension are proof of that. Now He is interceding for us from heaven, and has promised to never leave or forsake us in our time of need. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
It is knowing these truths that give us the confidence we need to overcome conflict. There is no doubt you are facing conflict today as a Christian soldier. In order to face that conflict like a good soldier, we must do what Joshua did and remember the Commander of God’s army is with us. We must submit to Him, worship Him, and wait on Him. There is no need to rush into battle because He has already won the victory.
Join us Wednesday night at 6:30pm at Jorge & Perla Portillo’s home as we open Joshua 6 in order to learn about “Overcoming Conflict”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!