Walking in Power - Pick Up Your Sword!
Joshua 1: 8-9 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
The enemy realizes that once saved, he has lost the battle
for your soul. His focus will then shift to making you impotent in the
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:10-13
A life worthy of the Lord includes bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, and being strengthened with all power! We are meant to walk in His power every day. The promise from Christ Himself is:
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19
The enemy should have no power over your life! You have been given the authority overcome all of the power of the enemy. Nothing is supposed to harm you! Yet there we stand sometimes, abdicating that power and allowing the enemy a foothold in our lives. It might be through sin or refusing to let go of past hurts or disappointments. We can get ourselves so bogged down that we go from walking in power to walking in impotence, searching for the power of God that already resides within us. Sometimes it can seem like we don't even know where to start to get out from under the weight of our past failures or current sin. How can we begin that path to power and turn those failures into success and prosperity? As with all questions, we have already been given the answers. They are in His word!
In the opening chapter of Joshua we see God speaking directly to Joshua after the death of Moses. Surely Joshua must have had some worries as he was taking over for Moses! Yet here was God reminding him what he needed to do in order to be prosperous and successful. Working backwards in verse eight, we see God telling us that we are to be careful to do everything written in His word. We are not to employ salad bar theology, picking the parts we like and ignoring the parts that make us uncomfortable. Why must we follow all of His word?