For a while now I’ve been struggling with a particular person. This person is a Christian but they always manager to get in my way, they are very stubborn, opinionated and at times very selfish. Just when I think everything is going smooth in the church this person comes along and causes problems. The person I’m speaking of is me. I am my own worst enemy.
Have you found that to be true with yourself? We have an enemy inside each of us and it’s called self. At times the Bible refers to it as the old man, other times the Bible refers to it as the flesh.What makes this enemy so dangerous is that no matter where we are, there it is.
Today we are going to examine living in victory and how the flesh (Our Enemy) battles to prevent us from entering into victory.
Before we get too much further we need to understand something about Jewish history or the Old Testament. First off you need to know that Jewish history is more than just history, it’s a revelation of the Christian life. 1 Corinthians 10:11 teaches us that all the Israelites went through was an example for us today.
Parallel of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and the Christian life
We know that God led the Jews out of Egypt and due to their lack of faith and disobedience they spent 40 years in the desert. We also know that their final destination was Canaan which was the promise land full of milk and honey. This is much more than history; this is God’s revelation of the Christian life to come. You see, Egypt represents the world and Pharaoh who was the king of Egypt represents Satan. God brought the Jews out of Egypt and this represents salvation. God’s intent was for the Israelites to go directly to Canaan. Now Canaan doesn’t represent heaven, Canaan represents victorious life, it’s the spirit filled life or the abundant life. It is victory and where we as Christians should be living.
Today’s Scripture: Exodus 17:8-13
Victory over the Amalekites
8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
So who was this person Amalek? Well, he was the grandson of Esau. Remember Esau sold his birthright? Esau was also at odds with God. In fact, the Bible teaches that his descendants would always be at odds with God because Esau cared more about worldly material things than he did spiritual matters. Esau represents the flesh as does his descendants and as such Amalek represents the flesh rising up against the Israelites.
There are four things to know about getting to Canaan or Victory
- We must receive God’s gift of salvation
We have to come out of Egypt. We come out of Egypt or the world by coming to the understanding that Jesus is God and He came and died for our sins and that God raised Him up on the third day and he now sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercessions for us today. We must be saved to live in Canaan. We must be saved to live in victory; we must be saved to live the abundant life talked about in scripture.
If you aren’t saved the Bible says, today is the day of salvation. You can do it right now. It’s as simple as saying God I believe in your son and that you raised him from the dead and he’s alive today making intercessions for me. Please come into my life. That’s it! If you said that short prayer and believed the words you spoke, that’s all there is to it. The Bible says you are a new creature in Christ.
- Understand there is a grand purpose for your life.
God never intended us to receive salvation and go live in the wilderness. God’s plan was that we receive salvation and go live in the land of Canaan. This is God’s intention for us today.The issue is that so many of us are living in the wilderness and haven’t made it to Victory.
- Understand the Battle of the Flesh
Galatians 5:17 teaches us that “the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you don’t do the things that you wish”.We must stand guard and prepare ourselves for an attack at any moment. How do you prepare?
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Furthermore, Galatians 5: 16 teaches us, If we walk in the Spirit we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.
- Victory only comes from God
The picture of Moses holding up the staff with two men standing by his side helping is a picture representing how we obtain victory. By God’s power and through other Christians we will live in Victory. We can’t live this life of victory alone. The Bible says, as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. We need each other to live in Canaan.