Why did Joshua achieve such great victories?


This is a long post, but I hope you will take the time to read it. The Holy Spirit always tells me what to write, but I think this article will really touch and convict you like it has me. God has so many great things planned for us if we will only get in on the way He does things.

Joshua Chapter 5

The Amorites and Canaanites were powerful heathen countries which surrounded the land of Israel. They both had many different gods which they must have thought were the source of their strong power.

But when they had heard about how the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan River for the Israelites to pass through, they realized that Israel’s God was much more powerful than their own.

The Bible says that “their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them anymore, because of the children of Israel.”

As soon as they had come into the land God had promised them, he told Joshua to circumcise every male. Some of the older men had already been circumcised, but ones who had been born in the wilderness had not been. This was the way God chose for them to be set apart as His own special people, and He expected them to obey.

He told them that He would not help them obtain the victory in this new land unless they obeyed him in circumcision. Because of their disobedience God had brought judgment upon them for a time and they did not operate under His Blessing; therefore, they didn’t carry out many of their Jewish customs and ordinances while they were in the wilderness.

He wanted His Chosen People to be clean from both the inside and outside. That is the only kind of person that God can use in a powerful way.

After they had been obedient to everything God had told them to do, He then “rolled away the reproach of Egypt” from off their lives and made them a people that others looked up to and even feared again. They were no longer the failures and slaves they had been in the past. Now they were a people who were revered and feared because of their God and how powerful He was.

BUT the way they achieved this success was through obedience to what God told them to do, even though they probably didn’t understand at all how this would make them be clean and pure before Him; he just wanted them to obey.

Has God asked you to do something that you don’t understand the significance it could possibly have in making your life better? Maybe He just wants to see if you will walk in complete obedience to His will for your life.

I can truly say that I am just now understanding (but only in part) something that God told me to do two years ago. At the time I thought it would be a huge step backward and really didn’t want to do it.

In fact, I fought with God for about a week telling Him that I didn’t want to do this particular thing. I was extremely disappointed because I knew that if I didn’t do it I would be choosing to rebel against His wishes, so ultimately I knew I had no other choice if I wanted to continue to grow as a Christian.

Once again, as I look back I can’t believe how selfish I was to think I couldn’t trust Him to work everything out for the best; even worse is the fact that I had the nerve to think that He was messing up my well laid plans.

Much of the time I wonder why He bothers to use me at all, but I am so thankful that He can see something in me that He CAN use. I marvel at His grace, mercy, and forgiveness when many times I think that I know so much more than He does.

As I look back I see that God wanted me to be a part of something much bigger than I had ever thought of doing on my own, even with my grand dreams and huge plans. I could only see from a very limited perspective at the start, and never imagined the complexity and depth that God would take me in this endeavor.

I can say with certainty that your life will never be boring if you choose to go through the doors that God opens. As for my life, things get tough at times and Satan tries to bring me down, but I have started to see God in a way that I never have before and I never want to go back to the way I used to be.

It is an awesome feeling to see that God has chosen YOU to do a particular thing for His Kingdom when He could have chosen someone else. Make the choice that you will trust His Ways with your whole heart and not get your heart set on carrying out your own plans.

Living life in this way is sort of like being in a James Bond movie where everything is full of action and suspense the whole movie. You never really know where God will lead or who He will place in your life to minister to, but you can always say that life will be interesting and full of surprises.

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This post written by Cathy Deaton.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.