When will the Church in America wake up and go to war? When will the Church realize there is a war going on and the church is too comfortable and complacent? When will the Church put on the armor of God, rally the troops, stand in the gap and “having done everything, stand firm!” Continue reading
Words: Able to go to War
It’s interesting how God numbered the people of Israel when they came out of Egypt. Moses grew up in Egypt, but left Egypt when he killed an Egyptian (Ex. 2:14-15). After 40 years in Midian, the Lord provided him desert training to harden him to the great challenge of leading Israel out of Egypt. How many came out of Egypt? According to Scripture, there were some 2.5 million people. We calculate that according to the number of warriors counted in Numbers 1:46. The number is 603,550 men and then you’d have to add in the women and children.
It’s interesting how the Lord commands Moses to number the people. In Numbers 1:1-2, it reads,
Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying:
2“Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male individually,
3 “from twenty years old and above– all who are able to go to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their armies. (Num. 1:1-3)
The Lord said to number those who were “20 years old and above – all who are able to go to war.” The Lord knew what it was going to take going into the new land – warriors. Life is not about tip toeing through the tulips. God gave Moses the physical reality that the men needed to be ready. Unfortunately, they failed the test, when they became afraid about the “giants in the land.” (Num. 13:30-33).
Are you ready to fight in the spiritual warfare for the Lord? Paul states it very clear that life is about warfare,
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age1, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:10-12)
If the devil can get you to think you are not at war, he’ll neutralize you and let you cower in fear every day. You will be neutralized and too afraid to share the gospel with your neighbors or disciple your children diligently to Jesus Christ.
May you be numbered with the warriors of the Lord!
Several have asked me for this quote I used recently:
I am a Soldier – Author Unknown
I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my commanding officer. The Holy Bible is my code of Conduct. Faith, prayer, and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire. I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for all eternity. I will either retire in this army at the rapture or die in this army; but I will not get out, sell out, be talked out, or be pushed out. I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable. If my God needs me, I am there. If He needs me in the Sunday School to teach the children, work with the youth, help adults or serve in another capacity, He can use me because I am there!! I am a soldier.
I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up, pumped up, picked up or pepped up. I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for, or catered to. I am a soldier.
No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me, or lure me. I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name, and building His kingdom! No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards, candy or give me handouts.
I am committed. I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around. I cannot be discouraged enough to turn aside. I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit. When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing. If I end up with nothing, I will still come out ahead. I will win because I am a soldier. My God has and will continue to supply all my needs. I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ.
Devils cannot defeat me. People cannot disillusion me. Weather cannot weary me and sickness cannot stop me. Battle cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier.
Even death cannot destroy me. For when my commander calls me from this battlefield, He will promote me to a Captain and then allow me to rule with Him. I am a soldier in the army, and I’m marching claiming victory. I will not give up. I will not turn around. I am a soldier, marching heaven bound. Here I stand.