“And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old, stricken in age.  And Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old, stricken in age: and you have seen all that the LORD your God has done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God He that has fought for you.  Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward.  And the LORD your God, He shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and you shall possess their land, as the LORD your God has promised unto you.  Be you therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that you turn not aside from the right hand or the left; that you come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: but cleave unto the LORD your God, as you have done unto this day.  For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but you, no man has been able to stand before you unto this day.  One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, He that fights for you, as He hath promised you.  Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that you love the LORD your God.  Else if you do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.  And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, not one thing has failed thereof.
Therefore it shall come to pass, as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until He have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.  When you have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which He has given unto you.”  Joshua 23:1-16

REFERENCES: Exodus 14:14; Joshua 13:2; Deuteronomy 11:23; 2 Peter 2:20

Even as Christians today we face the enemies of Christ.  We must be diligent in dealing with these enemies.  These are enemies of our hearts and minds.  The heart and the mind of the Christian must be yielded to the crucified, buried, and risen Savior who is Jesus.  When we fail to force them out then we are left to deal with them ourselves.

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