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To contend is to strive or vie in contest or rivalry or against difficulties, to struggle or compete to achieve something. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the plan was to bring them into the land that God had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 2:24). But this was not to happen without a battle. God has amazing and wonderful promises for us and our household but those promises will not be answered without you and me contending for them. We cannot sit back and expect the promises to happen automatically, we have to actively pursue their fulfillment in our lives.
Possession never comes without a fight of some kind. The enemy does not easily give up territory he has occupied. In Deuteronomy 1 Moses is standing, looking over the Jordan into the promise land, and he begins to speak to the people. Deuteronomy 2:24, God told Moses “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle”. The instructions are plain and clear, Get up – Cross the river – Begin to possess the land – Engage the enemy in battle.

God's instruction to Moses was to fight but like many Christians would do, Moses sent words of peace (Deut. 2:27-29). Instead of engaging the enemy like God has commanded, we try to offer a compromise of peace to avoid facing the enemy. God is committed to establishing his people. He wants the whole world to know that Israel is his chosen nation, people who bear the power and the presence of God everywhere they go. His desire is to make known to the nations that Israel carries his glory and are to be feared and respected but Moses and his followers are willing to settle for less, all they want is survive. God has the same plan for his church. He does not want us to settle for less but celebrate in his abundance (John 10.10). We are not to be conquerors but more than conquerors, the head and not the tail. He wants our operations to result in true, lasting and enduring freedom. We are meant to live and not just survive. To look for an alternative to avoid confrontation with the situation
before you is not God's plan for your success. That is not obedience.

It is important to note that firstly, God is aware of the battles we need to confront. Reading Deuteronomy chapter 2 you realize that the Israelites did not have to fight all battles. On the same breadth it is critical that every believer in Christ is acquainted with the promises of God. God's promises to us are the reference points for his acts. Secondly, God's perspective is everything here.
The scope and the impact of war are in full knowledge of God. He knows everything about the war and so he guides and directs us accordingly. Thirdly, contending for our possessions is activated through prayer. We must never assume that God will visit us when the time is accomplished, we must keep calling him in prayer until it is fulfilled in our lives. A good example on this is Daniel (Daniel 9:2-3; Cf. Jeremiah 29:10-12). Your oppressor does not need to put chains around your hands and feet, all he has to do is to keep you from knowing what is rightfully yours (Hosea 4:6). Is there an area in your life, an issue in your life, something that you know is not right, but you have been hoping it would just take care of itself, rather than facing it head on. It is possible that God will not let it go away until you face it. Moses tried to avoid King Sihon of Heshbon in battle but there was no other way but
to face him to realize his victory. What battle are you avoiding? It will not go away until you engage the enemy and allow God to give you full victory over it.

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