Each morning we wake up in the crosshairs of the world, the flesh, and the devil. The battle is all around us . . . and, of course, within us. Today I want to offer you a word of comfort as you go forth into that battle that rages both around you and within you.
Though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. (Joshua 17:18)
Regardless of what you are contending with today, the Power that is for you and within you is greater than any power that can come up against you. I can think of no greater comfort than to know that the victory is assured, can you?
When you read the Joshua passage above, think of the “Canaanites” as anything that attempts to hinder your forward progress in the direction God is calling you to go. Perhaps it is some abiding sin you have been struggling with for years. Maybe it is a bad habit that has a hold on you. Could it be an association that is attempting to derail your divine destiny? Remember, bad company does indeed corrupt good character.
So . . . what is the way forward? Trust not in your own strength, but rather in His. When you come up against the “Canaanites” of this world, you simply do not have the strength nor the stamina to defeat them. They are fortified with iron strength that will absolutely enslave you and keep you in bondage. But there is One who is stronger than any Canaanites you are currently facing. There is One who can crush every Canaanite chariot that comes your way. The Lord of Hosts is not only for you, He is not only with you, He is in you.
The apostle Paul assured us, “Sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14). Why? Because of the cross work of Christ. Sin still remains in us, to be sure, but it no longer reigns. Jesus reigns in your life, and when you keep Him in His rightful place—seated on the throne of your life—you can be assured that the victory is already yours. When Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” He meant what He said. When Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” He meant what He said. And when Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant what He said!
Now, if there is anything that has dominion over you right now, take it to the cross and see it crucified in Christ. Jesus has already destroyed every Canaanite chariot, no matter how “fitted with iron” they may be. Any iron that comes up against our Lord will be will be thrown into the fire and forged into an instrument of glory in the hands of the Almighty.
Know this truth. Live this truth! “No weapon forged against you will prevail” (Isaiah 54:17). The Divine One is driving out everything that stands in your way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!