DRIVE OUT your ENEMY through FAITH in GOD
March 8 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 13-15
"Now to Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a share among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, namely, Kirjath Arba, which is Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak." (Josh 15:13-14)
When the 85-year old Caleb approached his long time friend Joshua with an unusual request for a mountain as his inheritance in the Promised Land, he knew very well what he was asking for (Joshua 14:6-12). This was no ordinary mountain, but was an enemy territory named as Kirjath Arba, after Arba the greatest man among the Anakims. The Anakims or, the children of Anak were men of great stature, and had huge physical body structures as fighting machines. In fact, these Anakims had terrified ten of the twelve spies so much that they visualized themselves only as small grasshoppers in front of these giants (see Numbers 13:32-33).
Thus, Caleb had asked Joshua for a land property that was under the control and occupation of the mighty terrible enemy, it is clear that his trust and faith was on God alone. This was his faith declaration to Joshua: "It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said" (Josh 14:12b). What Caleb was saying here was that if God was with him, he will definitely be able to drive out his enemy from his inheritance! That was what happened eventually – Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak away from the land (15:14) that they had always possessed. This was done only through his faith and trust in his Almighty God who had made all things possible for him!
When Jesus Christ has set us free (John 8:36) from the bondage of sin and death (Eph. 2:1-2), He made us alive in Him and made us to sit in the heavenly places in Him (2:4-7). Jesus has adopted us as His children and has given us the rights and privileges that are due to us as His children (John 1:12-13). This includes the abundant life as our inheritance that only He can grant us (John 10:10b). However, our mortal enemy Satan (Eph. 6:12) still tries to occupy many areas of our life where we are still weak and susceptible to his repeated attacks.
This is where Caleb can teach us a very important lesson. Through physically he was an old man of 85 years; inwardly his faith in his God was still strong. He knew that his victory over his enemy will not come from his fighting prowess, but with the help of God who would strengthen him (Phil. 4:13). He trusted in God, and it was his faith in God that ultimately got him his mountain for an everlasting possession!
If we are still battling over any area in our life (or, from any kind of addictions), let us draw near to God for strength. As He has promised in His Word, God will in turn draw near to us (James 4:8a). When we humble ourselves and submit ourselves to God, He will give us more grace and strength to resist Satan who will then flee from us (v. 7). Today, like Caleb, let us drive out our enemy through our faith and trust in God!