“Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous.” Joshua 1:6,7
As Joshua stood at the banks of the Jordan about to cross over and take possession of the land, he knew there was an enemy on the other side willing to fight to the death to keep what they perceived as their land. He knew he was in for a major battle. The enemy wasn’t going to simply hand over the deed to the land once they crossed over. They would have to fight for it.
However, God promised them victory. Three times in chapter one God declared that He would give them possession of the land. In verse three God said in the past tense, “I have given it to you.” It’s already done. When God makes a promise, although it has yet to come to pass, it is done. Jesus has promised that He will return again one day. It hasn’t happened as of yet, but the promise has been made; therefore, it is as good as done. In the same way Jesus perfectly fulfilled the promises of His first coming, He will perfectly fulfill them with His second. It hasn’t happened yet, but it is done. How, you may ask. Because God said it.
With this in mind God told Joshua twice in this verse to be strong and courageous. God said again to Joshua in verse nine, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” If we know that God loves us perfectly, which He does, and we are walking in accordance to His path and plan, we have no reason to fear. God is with us; therefore the enemy has no chance at victory, because we already have the victory.
When you choose to callously sit in your comfortable pews, in the midst of your cozy climate controlled coliseums, listening to the cares only of the called standing behind his craftily carved pulpit, you are no threat to the enemy. You are still wandering in the wilderness. As a matter of fact, you are among Satan’s favorite Christians. However, when you come to the point where you are sick and tired of seeing Satan and his minions trample God’s creation and blaspheme His holy name you will chose to stand and fight the good fight. Be warned, when you do Satan will take notice and he will fight back. You are now a threat to him. But don’t fear, be strong and courageous. God will be with you.
Satan’s only hope at victory is for the Christians to remain within the walls and play church. Just like most churches have been doing for years. His greatest fear is for the church to rise up and be the church. For he knows when the church rises to the occasion to fight the good fight he stand no chance at victory-for God’s promises are done! Therefore, stand up and fight the good fight in the name of Jesus!