"You are but a poor soldier of Christ if you think you can overcome without fighting, and suppose you can have the crown without the conflict." - John Chrysostom.
In Joshua Chapter 6 we read about the fall of Jericho. God tells Joshua and the people what they must do to take Jericho. God had promised the Israelites the land but they still had to fight to take it. They probably thought it was pretty silly to walk around the city once a day for six days and then seven times on the seventh day. God's plan may have seemed foolish but God's wisdom is far greater than ours.
The Christian life is not an easy life and I'm learning that truth more and more everyday. Becoming more like Christ and being santified is a battle. It's a hard battle! It's a battle against the enemies in the spiritual relm (Eph. 6:10-18) We are going to face challenges. We are going to face situations that we wish we didn't have to face. Our faith is going to be tested because God wants to know our heart. He wants to know and He wants us to see that we trust Him even when we don't understand what He's doing.
When we face the battles we must be prepared. First, we must remember that we already have victory. We are fighting from victory, not just for victory. Joshua was victorious because he feared the Lord. Warren Weirsbe says, "The Christian soldier stands in a position of guaranteed victory because Jesus Christ has already defeated every spiritual enemy. Jesus defeated Satan not only in the wilderness but also during His earthly ministry, on the cross, and in His resurrection and ascension."
Joshua also had victory because he had the promises of the Lord. Victorious Christians know the promises of God. We can know God's promises by reading the Bible, memorizing scriptures and then burning the truths of these promises to our hearts. We should think about them all day long.
We are going to have hard times in our life. There will be times when we don't understand why this is happening to us. We'll be unsure of our future. It's times like these that God is saying I want you to trust me and I want you to know that I can take care of you.
When the battle is over and it will be. It may be a long, hard battle but when it's over and you've praise God for His faithfulness and His goodness, you'll see how he changed you to be more like Him. And, that dear friends, is what this journey is all about....becoming more like Christ.
To God Be the Glory forever and forever.
The victory is yours today. Rejoice and be glad.