Life is a battle that we were born into, but thanks be to God who has given us victory in Christ Jesus (2 Cor.2:14). In this age that we’re living in, we are products of the New Covenant, with a deposit of God’s power within us through Eternal Life. Ephesians 1 tags it the power of God that it is reserved in and for us, mighty in action as seen in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Paul prays for the Church to come to the knowledge of this power (Eph.1:17-20). The fight of faith is the victorious battle that lays hold till the end, on the promises of God’s Word. We need to know that the work of redemption is finished, Ephesians 1:3 says “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”. God has made for us provision of every good thing, and it is up to us to possess what has been given to us.
I recall from Scriptures the journey of Israel into the land of Cannan, God speaks to Israel through Moses saying “Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land” Deuteronomy 2:24. The next part of the verse reads “Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle.” The principle of faith is seen in the fact that God gives, but we have to possess. It is in fighting the good fight of faith that we possess. Faith is simply the weapon of warfare in possessing the inheritance that’s due us as believers.
A vivid example is seen in the book of Joshua when Israel takes on the city of Jericho. This was a battle of faith, for “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.” Hebrews 11:30.
We read the story in Joshua 6:1-5:
1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
“Jericho was securely shut up… none went out, and none came in”- So many promises of God seem so impossible. Our circumstances give an illusion of no hope, and this was the same case Israel faced against Jericho. History reveals that the walls of Jericho were high and were wide enough to accommodate chariot races. No nation had ever taken the city. The fact that it has not been done before, has no bearing on your situation. Jesus said “let it be onto you according to your faith”. In spite of this, the first thing God says is “See!” Simply what we can’t see, we cannot possess. God says “see” because “I have given you” As we look into the promises of God, we don’t look at the contrary circumstances but we look at the promises of God’s word, like Abraham “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed”. Believe in the hope of God’s word. See what the Word of God says through the eyes of faith, and grab it, because God’s words are reliable.
The next instruction is “You shall march around the city”. There is always a specific instruction for each battle; however are we patient and persistent enough to wait on God in prayer. It is a sure thing that I have seen the promises and possessed it with faith, but do I trust God enough to issue specific instructions? It is in the place of prayer that we receive strength, and clarity. James puts it this way “you have not because you ask not”, James 4:2. I wonder what the thoughts were in circling the city for seven days. This seems to have no bearing in taking the city, but God’s wisdom defies natural understanding. Once we have received a specific instruction from God, our actions commits God to deliver accordingly.
Finally we see the instruction of praise: “when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout”. The walls of Jericho fell after the people lifted up their voice in praise. Praise is a spiritual weapon of warfare that goes hand in hand with faith. Psalm 67:5-6 “..Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase”. The fruits come after the praises go up. Paul and Silas in the jail cell at Philippi while “praying and singing hymns to God…immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” (Acts 16:25-26). Once there is revelation and the voice of God is heard, it only makes sense to praise because it is as good as done! Our praise is not dependent on what our natural eyes see but on what our spiritual eyes see through the lenses of faith for “we walk by faith and not by sight”. This is the good fight of faith, it’s a battle we win every time!
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