“…who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises” (Hebrews 11:33).
Faith is a divine strength; great power. It strengthens the inner man and inspires him to do rare and great things for God. Our ancestors in the Scripture arose and shined through this faith only.
In accordance to the Biblical promise “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (I John 5:4), the Saints won the kingdoms through faith (Hebrews 11:33). But today, we have been called to inherit Canaan after winning over world, flesh and satan.
When the Israelites moved out leaving Egypt, they believed that God as promised would give Canaan as an inheritance. He told them that they will inherit houses full of all goods, vineyards and olive groves. But they asked how they could prevail over the seven nations and the thirty-one kings to inherit those things.
The Israelites were not equipped with training in warfare. They were the ones to be in a spirit of heaviness staying as slaves in Egypt. They had no weapon or army but all they possessed was faith. They believed “Yes. God has promised this Canaan for us. He has told our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He will give every place on which the sole of their feet trod. He will definitely fulfil His promise. He is the one to promise and will not retreat from the promise made.”
Thus they bravely progressed ahead. God saw their faith. He made the waters of the Red Sea to split. Jordan rolled back. The walls of Jerusalem fell flat. Adhoni-Zedek, who was ruling Jerusalem during those days, was devastatingly defeated. Piram the king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon were all defeated.
But the Israelites were able to win kingdoms through their faith. They kept saying “Our God is victory personified. He is the one to walk ahead of our circumstances. No one could oppose our God. We come in the Name of our God” and being empowered with faith, were strengthened and became victorious.
In the book of Revelations the words “him who overcomes” are repeated every now and then. Yes. We will be victorious through our victorious Christ. The battle of the saints of the New Testament is totally different. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Our battle is for the Spirit. Let us prevail over the world, flesh and satan and inherit Canaan.
To meditate: “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).