And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Samuel 7, 11-12).
Israel was delivered from the captivity of Egypt and taken into the land of Canaan as the Lord promised them. The land was divided unto every tribe as their inheritance but the children of Israel had to fight to get possession of the land. We saw how under the leadership of Joshua, they brought the walls of Jericho down, defeated Ai, the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites and all the nations on the land including the Philistines before they were able to conquer. But even with them settling in the land, they constantly had to fight some nations in order to stay in land.
People of God, Jesus has won the victory for us but we have to fight to enforce it and even when we gain possession of the promise, we have to defend and maintain it because the enemy does not accept defeat easily. We cannot sleep on our laurels “because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5, 8).
Whenever the Lord promises us something, the enemy always tries to hinder the fulfilment of the promise. It takes determination and perseverance in prayer to possess it like Daniel.
Daniel knew and understood by the written words that the time for the captivity of his people was coming to the end as declared by the prophets. So he started to seek the Lord concerning the promise and from day one, the answer was sent but the enemy resisted him for twenty one days (Daniel 10, 13).
And when we have the promise, the enemy continues to fight to steal it from us like Lazarus that was raised from the dead and the chiefs priests plotted to kill him (John 12, 9-10).We know the story of the Shunammite woman that conceive after many years and had a son but one day, the enemy struck and the boy died but this woman refused to give up and the son was raised back to life by the Prophet (2 Kings 4, 17-32). She defended her promise.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10, 10).
We know the enemy’s agenda but let us not allow him to steal from us. Like Israel that continually and persistently fought the Philistines off their territory up to the time of David, don’t give up. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4, 7).