by Len Buttner
We need a different spirit like Joshua and Caleb the two spies who went to spy out the land; they saw the giants in the land but came back with a good report.
“We are able to go and take the land (country)” (Numbers 13:30).
Ten of the twelve spies came back with an evil heart of unbelief, saying it could not be done.
Satan came to steal God’s promised word (John 10:10), but Caleb refused to doubt. When God speaks we must refuse to doubt; we must resist doubt, as this would be a terrible sin.
Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel (Joshua14:14).
· God is putting a new heart in the church.
· A determined heart.
· A fervent heart that will not faint when it sees the enemy.
· A determination to finish the course.
· God is raising up a Joshua generation in this hour.
· He is placing His Spirit of boldness within us.
Others will be full of fear and unbelief.
The heathen tribes, which Israel conquered to claim their inheritance, represents the works of the enemy in our promised land today.
- The Canaanites – means “to press down” or “to humiliate” this means “sickness, poverty, or demonic attacks by the enemy – depression by the enemy.” We all have to face this enemy.
The anointing of the Spirit will give us victory to rise up above our circumstances, because God’s word to us is the highest form of reality, our faith in God’s word that will bring JOY, PEACE in believing in Him. We are anointed to break the yoke of the enemy. Jesus said My yoke is easy and My burdens are light.
- The Hittites – means “fear” or “terror”.
How many times have we as God’s children missed the Promised Land because we were afraid? Fear is a terrible thing. It is the opposite of faith and destroys our faith in God word and promises. God says in His Word 365 times FEAR NOT – God is with us He will not forsake us. He will lead us into the Promised Land and He will protect us. We do not have “the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). “Perfect love casts out all Fear” (1 John 4:18) ~ keep your eyes on Jesus.
- The Perizzites – means “an un-walled city” and implies “a lack of discipline”.
Proverbs 25:28 says, “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down without walls”. Undisciplined people are like un-walled cities; they are neither dependable nor secure, up one day down the next.
Our commitment to discipline is the key that will bring the uncommitted and undisciplined into their personal victory and Promised Land. Our hearts will be filled with wisdom and knowledge of Him. Consistent discipline over a long time will always win the war.
- The Amorities – mean, “To speak or say” and implies “negative speech”.
Criticism, murmuring and complaining are manifestations of negative speaking. We have all been subject to murmuring at one time or another. Complaining to God about – why must I do this or that? Murmuring kept many of the people of Israel from the Promised Land.
We must put a watch over our mouths so that we don’t sin against God in this way. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Discipline your mind and mouth to meditate on that which is good, true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8). The opposite of criticism and complaining is thankfulness and gratefulness, which happens to be “the will of God concerning you.”
Your thanksgiving and praise to God will always drive out the enemy.
- The Jebusites – means, “to trample” and implies “depression and oppression”.
Depression is the opposite of confidence and joyfulness. The garment of praise expels a spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61: 3). Praise silences the enemies of God, which try to bring oppression. In one thing you can be confident: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Our Lord God reigns! The devil is defeated, so let the earth rejoice!
- The Midianites – means “strife” or “contention.”
Strife will paralyze and defeat our covenant relationships within our marriage, our family, our local congregations, or any body of believers. Satan’s strategy is to divide and conquer. The Lord says, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity… for the Lord commanded a blessing, even life forever more” (Psalm 133:1, 3).
During the building of the tower of Babel, the Lord had to intervene because He saw the people were as one, and He said nothing will be impossible for them. When God’s saints come together in unity of the Spirit and are submitted to God purposes, there will be absolutely nothing that will be impossible for them who walk in the unity of faith.
- The Philistines – means, “To wallow in the dust” and implies “self pity”.
The dust is what our flesh is made of. The flesh always wants pity and pampering so it can get its own way. If we are going to get anywhere, the enemy of flesh must be conquered and put to death. Like David slays his giant in his first battle, we need to do the same, before we can enter our promised land. Before going into the Promised Land we need to deal with thoughts and feelings of selfishness; these must be put down.
God cannot release His blessing until our attitudes of selfishness and carnality are put to death. Our faith in God’s Word will crush the enemy’s haunting lies of hopelessness and rejection. Cast your enemy down – crush him under your feet!
- The Moabites – means, “against” and implies “those who are against God” and “in rebellion”.
Get rid of that Moabite in your life so that you can take your Promised Land! If the spirit of lawlessness is allowed to rule in your life, or in the church, it will bring unfruitfulness and confusion.
The rebellious live in a dry land. God’s Kingdom and His government bring peace without end. Submission to His voice, revealed in His Word, and through His delegated authority structure, will bring us into the Promised Land. The Israelites conquered their enemy “one at a time; little by little” we can do the same with God’s help.
“And the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beast of the field become too numerous for you. 23 But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed” (Deuteronomy 7:22-23).
Be patient and you will see God destroy your “Ites”. He will tear down your oppression. He will purge all rebellion. He will give you your Promised Land by His Spirit!