“And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying, Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; Until the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising…” (Josh. 1:12-15).
As in any warfare, there must be unity among the ranks internally. The troops have to be of one mind in understanding that they have the same objective, regardless of whether groups within the Army have a different assignment. Each individual assignment is one piece of the whole battle strategy. One failed mission caused by individualistic thinking can cause major setbacks, or even cause the battle to turn favorably into the enemy’s hands.
Insubordination cannot be tolerated. It must be addressed immediately, or it can jeopardize the entire operation (Num. 12, 16). This type of behavior can cause the negative behavior and actions of a few to spread throughout the camp and cause others to follow suit. This causes the leadership to waste valuable time having to rally the troops to bring their mindset back into alignment with the objective of the mission (Num. 13). It must be put down immediately or it will render the Army vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy’s troops.
Singularity in thought is essential to the success of any militaristic operation. This is especially true in spiritual warfare. Our enemy is not one who uses physical weaponry to accomplish his goal of destroying the Kingdom of God (2 Cor. 10:3-6). Therefore, we must not believe that the advancement of God’s Kingdom will be accomplished in any other way than using the spiritual arsenal that has been provided by God Himself (Eph. 6:10-19).
When we all are prepared for battle and understand that there is strength in unity, then we will be able to overturn the battle plans of the enemy for several reasons: 1) God is going to go before us and fight on our behalf, 2) He will cause our enemies to flee before us seven ways, 3) one troop will “chase one thousand,” but two troops will “put ten thousand to flight,” and 4) because we have demonstrated our love for God through obedience, we will exercise great strength and do great exploits in His name (Deut. 20:4; 31:8; 28:7; 32:30; Dan. 11:32).
Regardless of the physical location of the people of God, as long as we adhere to God’s battle strategy and remain united in our thinking and actions, we can make the same proclamation of faith as Caleb, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it…” (Numbers 13:30).