But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of him in every place.
[2 Cor 2:14 NET]
Every victor must first be a self–conqueror. But the method of Joshua’s victory was the uplifted arm of Moses on the Mount. As he held up his hands Joshua prevailed, as he lowered them Amalek prevailed. It was to be a battle of faith and not of human strength, and the banner that was to wave over the discomfited foe, Jehovah–nissi. This, too, is the secret of our spiritual triumph. If we are led of the Spirit we shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law but under grace.
Have we thus begun the battle and in the strength of Christ planted our feet on our own necks, and thus victorious over the enemy in the citadel of the heart been set at liberty for the battle of the Lord and the service of others? It was the lack of this that hindered the life of Saul and it has wrecked many a promising career. One enemy in the heart is stronger than ten thousand in the field. May the Lord lead us all into Joshua’s first triumph, and show us the secret of self–crucifixion through the greater Joshua, who alone can lead us on to holiness and victory!