Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, to possess it.’”
To the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God gives you rest and will give you this land.’ Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant warriors, and shall help them, until the Lord gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess the land which the Lord your God is giving them. Then you shall return to your own land, and possess that which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”
They answered Joshua, saying, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you; only may the Lord your God be with you as He was with Moses. Anyone who rebels against your command and does not obey your words in all that you command him, shall be put to death; only be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:10-18
One of the most important steps in spiritual warfare is to rise and prepare as comrades gathered together for battle. How do we accomplish this? We must realize we are not in the battle alone. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are our tribe just as the Reubenites, the Gadites and half-tribe of Manasseh.
We begin preparation by immersing our life in prayer with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Prayer is hard work. It requires our time. It is like boot camp to a good soldier. Prayer is where we learn to listen for the Lord to speak to us and give us clear guidance and wisdom about the battle plans for not only our own soul, but for the souls of mankind all around us.
At the same time we must actively, with daily discipline take the word of God, open it and allow our mind and heart to grasp the message of the words we are reading. This demands our full attention. Careless reading of God’s instructions can result in danger; even distraction from the purpose God has called us: to daily live the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6