The Plan for Victory

“And it happened, when the children of Israel grew strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them out.”

Joshua 17:13

Ponder This

God’s plan for His people was total occupation. God told Joshua and the children of Israel to take the land from border to border, from sea to sea—to take it totally. Every grain of sand they were to take. There were Canaanites. But God said, “You are to drive them out of the land” (see Numbers 22:6). Likewise, God’s plan for you is victory. Are you living in victory? Are you living in victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil? That is God’s plan for you. First Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Douglas MacArthur said, “In war there is no substitute for victory.” We’re at war, and there’s no substitute for victory. There is an alternative to victory and that is defeat, but there’s no substitute for victory. God has promised us victory, but we must be obedient to Him to take hold of it.

  • Why is it important to be obedient to God in order to receive His victory?
  • Why is it important to remember that the victory of God is not gained in our own strength and power?

Practice This

Evaluate today where you might be substituting for God’s victory in your life. Where have you settled and what needs to change in order to pursue God’s plan for you?