There is no difficulty we face that has never occurred and will not occur again if Jesus tarries. The real challenge we face, whether as individuals, organizations, nations and/or governments, is not the difficulty itself; it is knowing what to do to resolve the problem. Resolving challenges would often require mental effort and/or a struggle which we often refer to as war. We as believers must remember that our warfare as well as the weapons are spiritual and this is not without reason. According to the word of God, which is truth, everything in life starts from the spiritual realm and that includes challenges. So that real life challenges must be resolved in that realm from where they originate which is deeper than the physical, for them to be resolved permanently. Challenges instigated by satan are spiritual, no matter how ordinary they may seem, and should be resolved spiritually; the victory in the spirit then trickles to the physical making it easy to resolve them physically.
2 Corinthians 4: 18 “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
So one of the strategies of the devil against believers to prevent us from having these difficulties resolved, is to ensure that we fix our gaze on the things that we can see and in doing that we rely on the same things for resolution of our difficulties ensuring thereby, that they are never fully resolved. The spiritual realm is the only place where we are assured of permanent victory. All we do there is enforce the victory Christ already won thereby settling our victory if we fight right. So satan does everything possible to prevent us from fighting right. If we fight in the physical, we don’t fight right because we fight on the wrong turf. We must be mindful of satan’s devices. He does any and every thing to destroy our faith in God and His power/ability to resolve the issues that pertain to us which was already resolved by God when Christ won the victory over satan. Whenever we think God is not interested in resolving or is too slow to resolve our issues, then we resort to working it out ourselves placing us at a disadvantage. Reliance on the flesh as opposed to leaning on God, does not resolve matters permanently and that notwithstanding whether they be personal or they concern a people.
Isaiah 36: 6 “If you lean on Egypt, it will be like a reed that splinters beneath your weight and pierces your hand.”
Satan makes sure to spread all the terrible or vicious stories making the good things God does look small whilst magnifying our challenges so that it looks like God is doing nothing, which is not true. The strategy is to kill the faith of the hearers which he sometimes works slowly to achieve. His pace of work never changes his purpose. Some such information has such strong capacity to kill faith, it even paralyzes the listeners and prevents them from doing their own part for the establishment of the will of God on earth. The information may not be lies outright; they may even appear true but not God’s counsel for the situation and such is the challenge of believers in my Country concerning our Country so that if we must go forward we have to insist on the establishment of God’s will. This vicious information dissemination must be turned around so it works for us and our Country just like Rahab did. We have to choose what we make of all that we hear. Satan has used this method severally and this is one of those times when it must fail. We must, like Rahab, use all the negative information we hear to facilitate the establishment of the will of God in our Country. We have to insist on doing what needs to be done that God’s will be stablished in our lives and Country. We have to make the evil provoke us to do good for God. We must work against satan’s purpose especially because like Sennacherib when he was sent by his master to discourage Israel, the devil wants us to feel defeated before we fight so we don’t fight. Of course when Hezekiah heard all Sennacherib said, his faith failed but thank God he went to the house of God where his faith was built up again.
Isaiah 36: 12 “But Sennacherib’s chief of staff replied, ‘do you think my master sent this message only to you and your master? He wants all the people to hear it, for when we put this city under siege, they will all suffer along with you.”
Rahab heard all the bad news but chose the path that worked the establishment of God’s will. Whilst others in her city were ‘gisting’ about the fact that Israel would over run Jericho, she was working to ensure that the information she had, worked good for her and she tapped into another life – a life in God, and worked for the establishment of His purpose. She chose to believe that even in that situation of doom, good would come for her and her family. She believed so much that she took the risk of hiding the spies which could have worked against her. She trusted enough to side with God, a God that she had never known but had only heard of. She believed enough to take the chance, using her position on the wall for God. Are you using your own position for God or self? She could have given the men up and maybe gained recognition of her government but she chose God’s side. What side have you chosen? God found in Rahab, a vessel that was clean and ready for the master’s use; are you ready for His use?