Joshua 1:12-14 (KJV) “And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying, 13 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. 14 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 valor, and help them…”
As in any warfare, there must be unity among the ranks internally. The troops must have unity 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. It can also cause the battle to turn favorably into the enemy’s hands.
Insubordination cannot be tolerated. We must address immediately, or it can jeopardize the entire operation (Numbers 12; 16). This type of behavior can cause a negative response of a few to spread throughout the camp. The result can manifest in others following suit. This will lead to the leadership wasting valuable time having to rally the troops to bring their mindset back into alignment with the objective of the mission (Numbers 13). It must be put down immediately or it can render the Army vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy’s troops.
Unity In Thought
Unity in thought is essential to the success of any militaristic operation. This is especially true in spiritual warfare. Our enemy does not use physical weaponry to accomplish his goal of destroying the Kingdom of God (2 Cor. 10:3-6). Therefore, we cannot believe that we can accomplish the advancement of God’s Kingdom in any other way than using the spiritual arsenal provided by God Himself (Eph. 6:10-19).
Unity In Preparation
When we all prepare for battle and understand that there is strength in unity, then we can 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).