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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“No one in this region made peace with the Israelites except the Hivites of Gibeon. All the others were defeated.”—Joshua 11:19 (NLT)
Did you know there has only ever been one undefeated team in NFL history? The 1972 Miami Dolphins won every single game in the regular season, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. But in week two of the 1973 season, they lost, stopping their winning streak at 18.
Here’s the thing every sports fan learns: No team remains undefeated. They all eventually lose. This is also true of people—every company, business executive, parent, student, etc.—every single one of us. But God . . . God is undefeated. God has never lost. Sin? Death? Satan? Utterly defeated. Shame, guilt, hate, hopelessness, hell . . . all have fallen at the mighty and undefeated hand of God.
In today’s verse, we see an example of this. When the Israelites came into the Promised Land, the neighboring kingdoms tried to defeat them. Aside from the Gibeonites, not a single kingdom sought peace with God’s people. Concerning this, John Gill writes, “According to the Jews, Joshua, upon his first landing in Canaan, sent letters and messages to all the inhabitants of the land, offering them peace on certain terms; particularly that he sent three messages, or proposed three things to them; that those who had a mind to flee might flee; that those who were desirous of making peace might make it; and they that were for war, let them fight . . . all were for the last, and so perished.”
Isn’t that crazy? Imagine being given the opportunity to make peace and refusing it, instead choosing to take up the sword against the armies of the living God. And they all lost because “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NIV). As we saw a few days ago, when God is fighting for you as He “fought for Israel” (Joshua 10:42 NIV), no one can stand against you.
Here’s the thing I want you to see here in our world today, friends . . . No one and nothing can stand against God and triumph. All who stand as opponents of the Lord will lose. Whether it’s worldly ideologies and movements that go against the infallible and perfect Word of God, whether it’s secular philosophies or belief systems that deny the existence of God or Lordship of Christ Jesus, whether it’s the schemes of Satan to deceive and distract people, know this: GOD HAS ALREADY WON THE VICTORY! Let’s ensure we’re on the right side of history, that we’ve made peace, so we may be able to enjoy the freedom Christ gave us, experience the fullness of His promises, and walk in the victory He already won!
DIG: Why do you believe the other nations and kingdoms rejected any notion of peace with God and His people?
DISCOVER: What victories has God won in your life that you’re currently walking in?
DO: Ask the Lord to help you walk in victory in every facet of life. Pray that He will help you stay on the right side of the battle line and not be swayed by any movement or ideology that may take you away from His truth.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.