Joshua 3:9-10… “And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites” (KJV).
I sense that I should teach a few thoughts about these nations that Joshua was told to drive out of the land. The spirit of these nations still exists, and it does a lot of harm to the people of God, especially when people begin to drift away from the Lord. God must be the authority in our lives. There are systems that oppose your spiritual growth. These systems oppose Jesus Christ having first place in your life, and they will strongly oppose God’s plan for you.
The Canaanite beginnings are seen in Genesis 9:18-29, 10:15-20. Noah cursed the fourth son of Ham because he saw the nakedness of his father and told others about it. Canaan begat eleven sons. Eleven is the number that stands for confusion and refers to something that is out of God’s order.
Genesis 12:1-6… God gave Abraham a revelation of the land of Canaan. When Abraham arrived to look the land over, the Canaanite was in the land. Abraham built an altar, teaching us that prayer is our first line of defense against the Canaanite spirit.
Genesis 38:2 tells us that after Judah sold Joseph, his grief was so bad that he took a Canaanite woman to be his wife. Instead of running to God for repentance and forgiveness, he ran to a Canaanite (flesh). His marriage was one of shame and trouble. Two of his sons were so wicked that God himself slew them. Joining your spirit to a wrong thing will hurt you. Often Christians will do a wrong thing–instead of seeking God, they leave off the spiritual things that can restore them and lose themselves in a system that hates God. Our second defense against the Canaanite spirit is to seek God always when you have made a mistake.
Genesis 27:46 teaches us that before Jacob left home his mother warned him that he wasn’t to marry a Canaanite. Later when Jacob died in Egypt, the people mourned for Egypt and not for Jacob. Why? Because Egypt saw the seed of Jacob grow into a mighty nation that would eventually defeat the Canaanite nation. The Egyptians knew that out of Jacob would come the Seed (Jesus) who would defeat all of God’s enemies. Jacob married Leah and Rachel, people of his own nation. Many young Christian men and women marry people who have no interest in Christ. When children come into their lives there is confusion and a mixture of faith and unbelief. A godly seed is not produced (Malachi 2:14-15). To defeat the Canaanite from coming into your family, marry a Christian spouse and serve God as a family.
Exodus 3:8,13-17 teaches that one of the key principles of truth in defeating the Canaanite is recognizing the name of the Lord. “I am that I am,” meaning, “I am one who is existing always in the present and what I am I will always be, life to my people and wrath to my enemies.” “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10, NIV). To defeat the Canaanite spirit, have a strong grip on the name of the Lord.
The word “Canaanite” means “a trafficker, a peddler.” The Canaanite spirit deals with money and how it can betray you (Joshua 7:18-21). 2 Kings 5:20-27 tells of Gehazi’s covetousness. He took money from a Canaanite who was healed of leprosy. Elisha taught him that you cannot take money from people who received a miracle of healing in their lives. Many preachers do it. To defeat this Canaanite spirit we need to ask ourselves, “What does our heart really want out of serving God?” Judas coveted money and betrayed Jesus. Paul teaches that it is through craving and covetousness that some saints have been led astray (1 Timothy 6:5-10). The Canaanite spirit likes to strike you when you lag behind and are weak (Exodus 17:8-9, Deuteronomy 25:17-19). The Canaanite spirit eventually destroyed Lot (Genesis 13:1-18). Sodom means “burning with covetousness” or “fettered by covetousness.” Making a profit is not wrong, but don’t let money drive you and control you. To defeat this spirit live in contentment.
The Canaanite spirit will attack you every chance it can get, if we let up on righteousness and pureness of heart. When the Holy Spirit came into Jesus, the devil wanted Jesus to use the anointing to use it for fleshly purposes (Canaanite thinking). Jesus turned down the devil, who is father of the Canaanite spirit, and rebuked him. “If I’m going to live I will do it God’s way.” “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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