10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.,
Today’s Inspiration: Joshua would not have conquered so many lands to divide as inheritance among the twelve tribes if he did not conquer flesh the body of death to increase his faith and trust in God totally. Like Moses when he was 85 years nearing the end of his life span, he was still as strong as he was when he was in the day of Moses fighting alongside and supporting his authority without question or murmuring and arguing for his rights. Joshua 14:10-11. How important it is to have a spirit-filled life!
To have a spirit filled life, you must always dwell in the presence of the Lord, heeding His instructions, more so when you are taking on new leadership roles. Hence Joshua lingers in the Lord’s presence even when Moses left the Tabernacle.
The war is always going on between the flesh and the spirit. Apostle Paul also experienced this as he writes Romans 7 to exhort us. The flesh is likely to win some battles and this is an inevitable fact. The Lord is not concern over this but instead forgives us for the sins of the flesh provided we confess them. Romans 8:1. However he does not forgive excuses. There is abundant grace for those who keep fighting and confessing their sins and do not rationalise them. As we continue fighting this endtime missile, our spirit will get stronger and the flesh will get weaker. To resist the enemy is the key. Like Moses and Joshua we must put to death our old man the body of death and that is the flesh so that we can have new life everyday.
As we have been set free from the law of sin and death, through Jesus’ death on the cross, we have the authority to walk in the spirit and not be debtors of the flesh. Romans 8:2-4.
In the Old testament, when the Israelites fall away from devotion to the Lord, they would be enslaved by the Philistines. Hence letting our flesh rule us means we are doomed for destruction and poverty. To fight this deadly enemy we must combat the missile through starving the flesh by not setting our mind on the things of the flesh but to keep feeding our spirit as the mind set on the flesh is death and the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.
Those in the flesh cannot please God. Since the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Jesus from the dead, will also gives life to your mortal bodies through His spirit who indeed is in you. Romans 8:5-17.
So pursue the One who gives you life and be devoted to Him and not focus on feeding the flesh. Romans 8:5-17. God be praised!