JonCourson: “ In our soul, there are pockets of resistance as well.”
Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
In Joshua 11:23, we read that Joshua took the whole land and that the land rested from war. Here, we read that very much land remained to be possessed. Is this a contradiction? No, for although the victory was secure, there were still “mop-up operations” to complete in pockets of resistance where the enemy was holed up.In our soul, there are pockets of resistance as well. However, in the Spirit-filled life we don’t fight for victory because Jesus already was victorious on our behalf when He died on the Cross. The roaring lion has had his teeth kicked in. We don’t fight for victory, but from victory. Positionally, we’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21), but practically, there are still enemies lurking around my soul that need to be rooted out.How do I root out the enemy? Here’s the great news. Positionally, I enjoy the riches and inheritance because of Christ’s death. Practically, I have victory over that which would make me miserable, ruin my testimony, and rob me eternally through Christ’s resurrected life. You see, Jesus not only died to wash our sins away positionally, but He rose again on the third day to live within us practically. So when the Canaanites rise up, when the temptation threatens, the good news is that Christ is right there with you. The good news is that God will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will always provide a way of escape, a way of victory - every single time (1 Corinthians 10:13). The Lord not only tells us what to do, but He sets up residence inside of us. Positionally, we’re cleansed by His death. Practically, we’re set free by His life.