Faith: Our Link to Promise and VictoryAugust 14, 2019 Save Article
I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Joshua in the Old Testament is an illustration of Jesus. In fact, Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus. He is our heavenly Joshua leading us into the land of promise and victory. And what is this victory? It is a victory of faith.
Joshua faced a lot of challenges, but perhaps his greatest was taking Jericho. Likewise, the devil has placed in each of our lives a very special “Jericho,” looming like an impossible barrier between us and what we believe God wants for us. There seems to be a Jericho standing between us and
- the dreams of our youth
- God’s will for our lives
- the very best ambition of our hearts
Our Jericho stands and shouts its defiance: “You would have made it, had it not been for me. I'm here in all my strength to keep you from entering into that land of promise.”
You know what your Jericho is. It may be an unhealthy body. An unhappy marriage. An unholy life. Old age, lack of education, past defeats, or some fear. Something insurmountable that we cannot overcome keeps us from conquering the land God has given us.
When you face your Jericho, you can do one of two things:
- give up, turn around, go back, and die in the wilderness of unbelief
- or do as Joshua did: face that fortress by faith and conquer it
Nothing more, nothing less, will achieve the victory in our lives but faith.
Victory is not achieved by fighting. Victory is received by faith. You see, when God has a gigantic task He wants us to perform, He gives us the faith to perform it. Your Christian faith links your nothingness to God’s almightiness and victory is yours for the taking!