Let me tell you a secret. The enemy has a better understanding of who we are and the authority we possess as Christians than we do!
After forty years of wandering and waiting, it was time to enter the promised land. Joshua, their new leader, sent two spies into the land. Forty years earlier, the spies saw the giants, the fruitfulness of the land and panicked. They saw themselves as grasshoppers compared to the giants.
But this time, when the spies entered the land, God said, “Let me show you, how your enemies see you.” They met Rahab who told them, “We have heard about your God, how
He fights for you. Your reputation as warriors proceed you and we are afraid of you. Our hearts have melt like wax because of you.”
This is how the enemy sees us! He remembers 2000 years ago when Jesus made a spectacle out of him and put him to shame at His resurrection. But because he is a former angel, he knows what it means when Jesus tells us we have been given all power and authority. He knows what it means that we are seated in Christ. He knows that means we, as children of God, have the ability to daily make a spectacle of him.
So, he is protecting himself with the only weapons he has left – lies and accusations. But Paul tells us in Colossians that even his accusations no longer has power over us. He has been defeated and disarmed.
So I came to remind you this morning, like Rahab reminded the spies, of who your God is and who you are in Him. “Your God fights for you. Your God parts seas, calms storms and walks upon water. Your God is a Hero and is mighty to save. Why are you in fear? Your enemy is afraid of you. Therefore, Go forth and take your promised land. Write the book. Start that business. Begin that ministry. Take that risk. See yourself as God sees you. Know the power you possess as a Child of God.”
“and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
Joshua 2:9-11 NIV