“And when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.”
These are the instructions given to the children of Israel right before going in to possess the promise land. Take a minute and get a feel for the uncompromising mindset that Yahweh commanded them to have as they went in to possess the land. Make no deals, show no mercy, and utterly destroy.
Joshua, Moses successor, was a foreshadow of our Christ. Jesus Christ and Joshua actually were called by the same name in Hebrew, Yeshua. Understand that Yeshua leading the children of Israel into the promised land of their inheritance is a direct correlation to Yoshua, the Christ, leading the redeemed church through the salvation of the soul. The children of Israel fought Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Canaanites, and so on. We do battle with envy, greed, selfishness, lust, idolatry and so on. Though our enemies are somewhat different, we should have the same uncompromising approach when it comes to dealing with them. Make no deals, show no mercy, and utterly destroy.
Our Canaan land is our redeemed soul and our enemy is fleshly oriented living or carnal life. Carnal life is dominated by the pride of self-preservation and pleasure. When the Word or Yoshua, convicts us of a carnal habit or behavior then is our opportunity to side with Yoshua and go to battle against it to utterly destroy it. Don’t take a sympathetic approach when conviction comes, “show no mercy and make no deals” get rid of whatever it is. Today, many followers of Christ have taken a merciful approach to dealing with the enemies of the soul and that is why you can hardly make any distinction between those who are supposed to be born again and those who are dead in their sin. You seldom see the born again because few are willing to put the carnal man to death. The carnal man represents the man who was born from a carnal birth and was shaped by worldly orientation through being subject to the influences of a deceived and wicked world. The carnal man will be merciful to carnal living and would rather compromise with the enemies of the soul rather than destroy them. He is double minded, trying to serve the flesh and live spiritual at the same time.
The carnal man compromises with the flesh…the new man mortifies the flesh, for this reason the carnal man has to be destroyed before the enemies of the soul can be destroyed. That’s where the cross comes in.
We have to apply the cross to the carnal man with his carnal mind and carnal appetites. When we put the carnal to death then we are free to make a strong alliance with Yahweh unto victory over our enemies.
This is why the children of Israel that were born in Egypt had to first be eliminated out of the tribes before the promise land could be taken. They would have made alliances with the inhabitants of Canaan land and joined them in the very activities that brought the wrath and judgment of Yahweh. It took forty years for them to die out and for another generation to be made ready.
The carnal man has to be crucified because he is not going to do right. Only the new man of the spirit can enter the kingdom of Yahweh. That is why the scripture says we must be born again. YOU have to mortify and abase your carnal inclinations. YOU have to crucify the carnal man. Christ is not going to do this part for you; it is your reasonable service as it says in Romans 12:1.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
If this makes you feel a little heavy it is because you are looking back instead of ahead. You must be convinced that the one that made you can do a better job at fulfilling you than you can yourself. If you will surrender your life into the hands of the one that made you then He will perfect the work He started. Things work best when they operate according to their design. You were designed to live a spiritual life; it’s time to stop being ruled by the carnal man. The promise land of abundant life is yours for the taking.
Make no deals, show no mercy, and utterly destroy.