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As We Continue Training As "Mighty Warriors" We Will Learn Together Secrets Of War!

             A few years ago, I turned on my TV and flipped over to the 24-hour news network.  I was instantly greeted with a breaking news bulletin.  Apparently, the Chinese government had hacked into the Pentagon’s computers.  I listened intently to hear exactly what, if any, secrets had been uncovered by this Chinese espionage.  I was happy to learn they had only gained access to a few low-level e-mail accounts.  The whole story turned out to be no big deal, but it was a quick reminder that many countries would love to get their hands on our military secrets.

 

            Secrets of war are not a new thing.  For centuries, opposing nations and governments have sought to gain inside information on their enemies.  Every government across history has had secrets.  Whether it is nuclear secrets, secret strategies and plans, or battle plans, all are matters of interest to opposing governments.

 

            War secrets are not just something that exists in the earthly realm.  They are also part of the spiritual war in which we are engaged.  Our enemy, Satan, has secrets that he doesn’t want anyone to know.  Knowledge of his secrets would mean a serious blow to his kingdom.  It would bring freedom to the captive, victory for the oppressed, and the ultimate demise of him and his demons.  What are the secrets?  We can find them as we continue through the book of Joshua.  They are contained in the conclusion of the two men’s spying mission.

 

The World’s Worst Kept Secrets

 

            In the last chapter, we discussed how the two brave spies treated our heroine, Rahab.  In this chapter, we need to re-examine these verses from a different perspective.  We need to shift the focus away from the attitude of the two men to the words spoken by Rahab.  We can learn a lot about the secrets of the war in which we are engaged.

 

            One of the best ways to learn our enemies’ secrets is to get them from someone from the opposing country who knows they are on the wrong side and wants to defect.  This was a common practice during the Cold War.  It is exactly what happens as Rahab tells the two spies exactly what her country is feeling.  As we examine the passage starting with Rahab ascending to the roof, we see three secrets of war that apply both to the Israelites as well as us today. 

 

Secret #1. Our enemy is already defeated and he knows it.   

 

                        8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,

 

            Before we examine the words spoken by Rahab to the spies, we must remember one important fact.  Although Rahab seems to have a heart for God, she is still one of the enemy.  The words she speaks and the way she feels are the way that all the people of Jericho felt.  Notice what she tells the two men.

 

            8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men:  “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that  the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

 

            Rahab tells them that the people of Jericho already know they will be defeated.  They heard of all the miracles God had done on Israel’s behalf.  They knew that God had defeated anyone who stood in their way.  The people of Jericho knew their defeat was imminent because God was fighting for Israel.

 

            Can you imagine the strength and courage Rahab’s words gave these 2 spies?  They now knew they were already victorious even before strapping on their swords to fight.  Any warrior would have courage for the battle if he knows he will win.  I would and I’m sure you would, too.  Fortunately for us, we don’t have to imagine it.

 

            We, as followers of Jesus Christ, have the same assurance as these two men.  Our enemies, Satan and his demons, are already defeated and they know it.  Satan is well aware that he lost the war with God the moment Jesus rose from the dead.  The resurrection destroyed Satan’s power over mankind.  Any power he has over the believer is because we allow it.  This is why we must stand up and fight!  Only then can we break free and enter the promises God has for us.  This is why we need to know the first secret that our enemy is already defeated.  Satan doesn’t want you to know this.  This brings us to secret #2.

 

Secret #2  Our enemy is afraid of us.

 

            After Rahab tells the two men that the people of Jericho know they are already defeated, she tells them the second secret.

 

           8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men:  “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that  the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

 

            Notice what Rahab says to them.  She basically says the entire country is terrified of the Israelites.  They all knew it was a matter of time before they will reach their end.  They have no courage to fight since they know they are already defeated.  They knew God would hand them over to the Israelites and they were powerless to win.

 

            This kind of fear will stop anyone dead in their tracks.  However, we must not assume it will paralyze them.  If we fast forward to Joshua 6, we see that, although the people of Jericho know they will lose and this has filled them with fear, they still get into position to fight. If they are going to lose, they will take as many Israelites with them as possible.

 

            The same is true in our spiritual battle.  Satan and the demons know they are defeated.  They know their eternal fate has already been decided.  They have been sentenced to eternity in the abyss, separated from God.  They are scared to death of this fate.  The last thing they want is for us to know this.

 

            They want us to stay scared of them.  They want us to be too afraid to engage them in battle.  They want us to feel we can never break free.  Their desire is for us to stay helpless, hopeless, and defeated.  They are scared to death of us realizing the power we have over them through the name and the blood of Jesus.  They want their secret kept safe.  Unfortunately for them, God has published the details of their demise in His Holy Word.  It is our job to learn these facts, take them to heart, and realize that we have nothing to fear.  The fact of the matter is Satan is the one who should be afraid of us.  This should embolden us to take the fight to the enemy.  It certainly did the Israelites.  Let’s look at it along with our third secret.

 

Secret #3  Even though Satan is scared and defeated, he will still fight.  We need to have the will and desire to stand up and defeat him.

 

            22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them. 23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly  the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.

 

            After the two men returned to the Israelite camp, they immediately give their report to Joshua.  They confidently tell him how scared and helpless the enemy feels.  Notice Joshua’s response in chapter 3:1:

 

            Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over.

 

            Joshua immediately broke up camp and prepared the people to cross over to fight.  He knew they would win.  He was aware of the fear consuming the people of Jericho.  He took this information and struck while the iron was hot. 

 

            This is the response of a godly man.  He realizes his enemy is defeated.  He understands the enemy is scared of him breaking free.  This knowledge emboldens him to take the fight directly to the enemy.  We must do the same.

 

            For too long, many in the Christian community have feared spiritual warfare.  They have avoided it.  They have run from it.  Some have even denied the existence of demonic oppression.  This is exactly what Satan wants.  He wants us to keep thinking this way.  He wants us to avoid this topic with a ten foot pole.  Unfortunately, many Christians do.  As a matter of fact, in the past, I was one of them.

 

            I never wanted to face this part of God’s kingdom.  I ran from it for awhile.  Part of me didn’t believe it was real, while another part was scared to deal with Satan and demons.  When God started pushing me and my family into this part of Christianity, I wanted no part of it. 

 

            As I was forced to deal with it, I barely committed.  I tolerated it, but tried to avoid it as much as possible.  However, the more I learned about it, the more I realized the devastating effects demonic oppression has on our lives.  It really does keep us from God’s promises.

 

            Eventually, I surrendered my will and began actively pursuing freedom from demonic oppression.  Much to my surprise, it worked.  The deeper I went and the more spiritual freedom I experienced, the more I realized that it really is not something to fear.  Satan is a formidable opponent who cannot be taken lightly, but he has no power compared to Jesus.  Satan also has no power over us once we began to fight the sins and oppression in our lives.  Sure, he throws temptations and sins at us.  He will fight to try and keep us bound so we spend eternity in hell with him.  However, once we stand up and fight, he loses.  If we resist the devil, he really must flee.  We really are conquerors through the blood of Jesus!   The question is:  Will you be?

 

 

Decision Time

 

            This is a decision we all must make in our spiritual lives.  Do we believe we have areas of undealt with oppression and sin in our lives that are keeping us bound and unable to fully enter into God’s Promises?  Do we believe Jesus has defeated Satan and his kingdom on Calvary?  Will we stand up and work to defeat Satan and the sinful control he seeks to hold over our lives?  This chapter gives us all the secrets of war necessary to let us know we can be victorious.  The question is this:  Will you stand up and fight?  If the answer is "yes", then we can continue on together as brothers-in-arms.  The victory is there for the taking.  Will you take it?

 

War Drills

 

1.  The final paragraph of this chapter asked some pretty hard questions.  Take time alone with God and honestly consider what your answer will be.

 

2.  Get a copy of Fight by Kenny Luck.  It is an excellent book on the need to break free of Satan.

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