Psalms 24:1 says “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness therein.” Romans 8:17 says we are “heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.” With this understanding, we can take claim to an area that God has shown us.
The children of Israel had been promised the land of Canaan and now that they had crossed over Jordan they were to take what was rightfully their own. The problem they now faced was the inhabitants were not just going to bow down and surrender. As Matthew 11:12 says “the kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent take it by force.” Now since we “wrestle not against flesh and blood” as it says in Ephesians 6:10 we must fight this battle in the spirit in order to enforce the reign of Christ.
Like the walls of Jericho, the land is full of strongholds. Advancing the kingdom of God and spiritual warfare go hand in hand. Mark 3:27 says we cannot enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up and plundering his house.” We must seek God for discernment so we recognize Satan’s devices and then as God gives us the wisdom to identify what we are facing, bind it in the name of Jesus and release the presence and power of God to take its place.
For example, we can identify the spirit of greed in our community and war against it and casino businesses will shut down. But, if we are not ready to replace them with family-friendly entertainment evil will return seven times worse (Matt. 12:45).
God has a strategy to demolish strongholds in a territory but it takes the combined spiritual strength and grace of His leaders together to accomplish such feats. Joshua was instructed to have the fighting men and himself march around the town of Jericho seven times for seven days with the priests blowing horns before the wall would collapse.
We are going to need to be marching together, praising the Lord in one accord before we see the walls in our land come down and the enemies works defeated. It is not an easy task, many have tried, failed, and given up. Yet, what else do we have to give our life too? It is a cause worth dying for. Do we want to face judgment because of the multitudes in the valley of decision that we did not reach because we retreated rather than advanced from the opposition?
As long as God is leading nothing can stand against us. If we are marching forth in the union of God’s Spirit every wall that stands in the way will come tumbling down. Then clothed in our spiritual armor we can go forth and wipe out the Lord’s enemies.
There is a time to be silent and a time to shout both are effective depending on the situation and how the Spirit leads. As the carriers of the ark of the Lord’s presence, every opposing spirit must bend at the beckoning of our command.
We must not settle for any less than seeing every work of darkness completely destroyed in our land. There is no compromising with the world as citizens of the Kingdom of God, no half stepping, it is either all or nothing. We are to be in the world but not of it, we got to trust that the God that saved us will keep us. No excuse will work for stepping back from following through because of how tough things get, or being influenced by the world while we are out doing good, both excuses will end in judgment.
If we just see the Lord’s work through we will earn a great reputation in our land because of the transformation that takes place from the presence of the Lord. People discredit Christianity because in their mind it is all talk. We must prove to them the reality of God through our acts of love and the power of His Spirit.