“The Lord was with Judah, and [Judah] drove out the
inhabitants of the hill country,
but he could not drive out those inhabiting the [difficult] valley
basin because they had chariots of iron. “
“But the Benjamites did not drive out the Jebusites who
the Jebusites dwell with the Benjamites in Jerusalem to this
The Israelites failed to drive out the nations they were supposed
to drive out after Joshua died.
The Lord instructed them to utterly destroy the
surrounding nations (Deuteronomy 7:1-3) but somewhere
along the way the command from God was forgotten or ignored.
On paper the enemy was definitely stronger than Israel but
that was not a new revelation. They already knew that.
God had already proved Himself again and again that He
was stronger than the enemies who came against them.
So what happened?
Did they forget that God was more powerful than the enemy?
Did they compare their own resources and weapons against
those of the enemy?
Whatever they did robbed them of the promise God made to them.
They were promised land by God but were not able to possess it.
Was it fear?
Did they look at the iron chariots and let fear consume them?
Did they look at all the other tribes failing to possess their land
and think it was normal to fail? (read Judges 1)
Even though tribes were failing to possess the land didn’t
mean God had changed His promise.
He wanted Israel to possess the land. He didn’t want His
people to settle for less than he had promised.
He wanted them to dominate and rule.
But they settled.
They had to share the land with the enemy.
That was not God’s plan.
What have you settled for today?
No matter how hard things get, God does not want you to settle.
He wants you to possess the land. He wants you to walk into
EVERYTHING He has planned for you. The enemy on the
other hand would love you to settle.
Are you relying on your strength to fight the enemy?
Look to the Lord’s strength as you face the enemy. When you
rely on your own strength to get you through a situation or problem
you are setting yourself up to fail. God is the One who is supposed
to fight your battles. When the enemy confronts you face to face
turn to the Lord for help. He is stronger then every problem
in your life. There is no problem stronger than Him and the
enemy knows this.
Are you following the crowd?
What kind of environment have you surrounded yourself
with? I spoke about this in my previous post. The people that
you surround yourself with have a great impact on your life.
Get rid of the negativity in your life.
Just because someone says something is impossible doesn’t
mean it’s true for you.
Always remember, someone else’s truth doesn’t have to be your
Your truth is what God has told you.
We make the mistake of accepting other people’s truth about
finances, health, family and so on when that truth directly
contradicts God’s word!
Let’s be aware of that.
The bottom line is this, God is stronger than the enemy.
We don’t have to fear, we don’t have to settle.
We can boldly confront the enemy knowing we are
not facing him alone.
You don’t have to downsize your dream.
God does not want you to downsize your dream.
The enemy on the other hand wants you to do that.
He wants you to fail.
He wants you to think small, he wants you to not expect much.
But it’s all a lie!!
God has so much in store for you.
There is no limit to what God has for you.
Make sure you pursue everything God has for you.
Don’t listen to the enemy.
Don’t listen to people who put limits on what you can trust God for.
Make sure you are following what God has told you.
Hold to that path rigidly!
God bless you friends!