God has bestowed upon us a divine call: to live a life of victory, guided by His Spirit. As we journey through life, we undoubtedly face trials, tribulations, weaknesses, and fatigue. However, we are not alone; God’s Spirit empowers us to conquer.
Ephesians 6:13 tells us to put on all the armor God provides, so that when faced with adversity, we remain unyielding, standing firm in our faith. Romans 8:35-37 assures us of Christ’s enduring love, which remains inseparable from us, even amidst hardships, and enables us to be more than conquerors.
God’s ultimate desire is to see us standing in victory, our hands raised high, triumphant in our faith. One of the greatest examples of victorious living is through the life of Joshua.
In the Old Testament, Joshua’s Hebrew name ‘Yehoshua’ translates to ‘Iesous’ in the New Testament Greek, which is the name of Jesus. Joshua is hence seen as a foreshadowing of the Spirit of Christ, and his life provides invaluable lessons on victorious living.
Just as Joshua led Israel through the Jordan river into the Promised Land, broke cultural barriers, and empowered his people to conquer their world, the Holy Spirit of Christ leads and empowers us to conquer sin and reach our world.
The cornerstone of Joshua’s leadership was his relationship with God, exemplified in Exodus 24:12-13. He experienced the glory of God and sought divine wisdom and guidance through His presence. He learned that in God’s presence, we can expect answers, divine instructions, peace, comfort, joy, and strength.
By witnessing Moses’ interactions with God, Joshua learned the value of being in God’s presence. This was most profoundly demonstrated when God filled the tent where Moses and Joshua were present, allowing Joshua to experience God’s glory firsthand (Deuteronomy 31:14-15).
So, what can we learn from Joshua’s experiences? To live victoriously, we must learn to dwell in the presence of God. This will reflect in our souls, our words, our deeds, and our direction. The divine presence within us will be apparent to all who interact with us.
This divine presence can be sought through prayer, fasting, studying scripture, worship, and preaching. A thriving prayer life creates an intimate connection with God, allowing us to discern His voice.
Remember, God never contradicts His Word, His nature, and He often communicates through the ministry of the Church. God’s voice does not instill fear but brings life, excitement, peace, and fervor.
Above all, our faith and churches must prioritize prayer, as highlighted in Matthew 21:13, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” We must foster open communication with God, where we speak to Him, and He speaks to us. This two-way interaction is the crux of a victorious life, demonstrating our faith and dependence on God.
So, seek His presence. Allow His glory to fill your tent, your soul, your words, your hands, and your feet. In doing so, you will live victoriously, just as Joshua did, more than a conqueror through Him who loves us.
Embrace this divine call to victory. Seek His presence and embrace the Spirit of Christ. In doing so, you are sure to experience a life full of divine victory and triumph in His name.