T MINUS ONE AND COUNTING: BOLDLY GO

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What lies ahead?

BOLDLY GO WHERE ONE MAN HAS GONE BEFORE…Yeshua!

 

Americans worry about China holding our economic future.  Worse things happened to Daniel as a prisoner of war.  He had Joseph to remember as an example of prosperity in prison, so he had confidence to prosper in Babylon.  Later he would witness the deliverance of Esther and Mordecai.  Then he discovered scripture about the release of Israel under King Cyrus:

 

Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;  I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:  And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.  For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.  Isaiah 45:1-4

 

Daniel lived in trying times, but he had evidence for confidence.  If we have those prophets and the teaching of Messiah, why do we fear?  Israel had friends they didn’t know about until they took time to pay attention to the prophet who spoke 150 years before their time! 

 

PLAYERS IN PLACE: SLEEPER CELLS

 

Modern Israel has seen help from unexpected sources.  Oskar Schindler was surrounded by Nazi leadership, and not an extremely moral person.  But he became a righteous gentile to the Jews he saved.  In his time Jesus pointed to a Samaritan who rescued a Jew too.  Saul was an enemy of the Christians until he saw the light of Yeshua.  God can turn your enemies into righteous friends in a flash. 

 

Missionary work is building Christian faith in places we do not expect.  Take care not to rail against our perceived enemies, because we do not see what God sees.  There are people positioned to reveal their light like the soldiers of Gideon.  This flood will not take us, and the enemy will have to find another avenue of attack.

 

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.  And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.  Daniel 11:32-33

 

Are we prepared to instruct many?  Immediately after this flood event in Revelation 12, the dragon decides to make war against the woman.  In Revelation 13 we see the beasts empowered by the dragon.  There will be more adventures after that flood is ended.  How can we be among those who understand?

 

 

TURN OFF BALAAM

 

We need to learn from the battles of the past to win those of the future.  Balaam was an enemy who is named in both testaments for his treachery.  By tempting Israel to live in fornication he found their weakness.  That temptation to be like the world is still infiltrating the church today.  God has given us the power of the trinity to resist.

 

TURN ON THE TRINITY

 

1.  ET CALL HOME

Prayer is your relationship with God the father, it is not optional.  Be aware of others needs and respond with compassion.  You are to aim the artillery of Heaven.

 

2.  READ THE MAP

Jesus the son IS the word, so read him.  Then write him on your heart by good works.  Let the world read those works and believe.  The word is the battle plan and our commander.

 

3.  ENCOURAGE

The Holy Spirit builds you as you build others.  You will not relate to the Holy Spirit without serving your Christian brethren.  We need each other in close support.  Do not forsake the gathering of faith.

 

SEND TRAINED ARMIES OUTSIDE THE WALLS, BRING WOUNDED HOME

 

We should care about the wounded crying outside the wall of our safe fortress.  We need to venture out and bring them to safety.  We can report their needs to God through prayer.  Then they need healing and training for war.

 

PROSPER OVER DEPRESSION

 

We all need to grow mentally, physically, spiritually, socially, and financially.  Balance requires planning and perseverance.  The bible shows us how one man can become a nation with God.  He has given us a complete set of plans to build from.

 

CAREER KITCHENS, NOT SOUP KITCHENS

 

If we are to be the head, and not the tail, what do we have to offer?  We should offer more than a meal for the holidays.  We should be leading the community into new jobs. 

American industry is in trouble.  We have talented Christian retirees who can help.  We need leadership to lead the nation out of economic disaster and to create new jobs.  Seniors have income to live on while creating new businesses.  You can counsel and guide younger workers who want to keep their careers alive.  To do this you will need to have your own health, fitness, and personal affairs in good shape. 

 

 

BUILD THE WHOLE KINGDOM

 

We may think that we are weak against the many people of the world.  Perhaps we think the church is only strong here in America.  However the church may be strongest in the third world.  Persecution builds strong faith, so the Middle East may have the greatest faith with the fewest numbers.  Perhaps China and the Far East have greater numbers of believers than we understand.  Remember these in your prayers.

 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS NO BORDERS

 

He is the King above all kings.  We may need missionaries from the third world to build our faith here in America.  I believe there will be righteousness revealed in many places considered to be our enemies.  Remember the Good Samaritan and Oskar Schindler, who both came from hated peoples. 

 

GIVE GOD A CHALLENGE; THE BIG JOB

 

Pray for police, intelligence agents, drug enforcers, border guards, judges and mayors who are being targeted today.  Citizens are being slain, tortured, and sold into sex slavery.  Children are being abducted and molested.  Every nation has public servants who earnestly desire to protect and serve their neighbors.  God honors all who try to do justice, even if they haven’t learned to call on Christ yet.  We can pray for victims of violence, and for those who would protect them.  We can pray in general terms for their support.  It seems overwhelming to pray about such a flood of sin, but we have a weapon.

 

PRAYER IN UNKNOWN TONGUES IS AN ASSET for the many threats around the world.  Since we don’t know what to pray in such a huge attack, the Pentecostal message may be a reasonable answer for such a time as this.  It is not hindered by our inability to identify every threat.  We can mount a preemptive strike to derail evil before it can get started.  We have the technology in prayer, in whatever form brings you comfort.

 

ARE YOU READY TO START?  JOIN ME IN A TOUR OF THE BIBLE to see how God has considered all of our needs and provided us the tools for victory over the enemy of our soul.  Participate in the exploits that God has predicted for the great adventure ahead of us. 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTDOWN 02: THE EARTH SWALLOWS THE FLOOD

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When your boat seems small...

Consider this prediction that reveals events of our modern times:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  Revelation 12:1-5

I see this woman as the church, Israel, and she giving birth to faith in Jesus.  We know the dragon persecutes the church, seeking to prevent the birth of new faith.

 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  Revelation 12:6-9

Why would the church flee into the wilderness?  Evil did invade the churches in Europe in the dark ages.  Many nations harbored ungodly persecutions.  Struggles in the spiritual realm did not deliver us from this enemy yet.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  Revelation 12:10-12

We know that the Reformation brought many heroic sacrifices to purify the church.  Many innocent people were accused and slain for their faith.  The church did not fall to persecution though.  It will not fall during the present flood of sin either.  This leaves our enemy angry for his time is running out.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  Revelation 12:13-14

This woman, the church, has found shelter in the wilderness we called the new world, the Americas.  What are the wings of the eagle?  Isn’t there a nation bearing the eagle as its national emblem?  Is it a nation that was home to the invention of aviation?  Isn’t this a nation that used that air power to deliver the church and Israel in two world wars and a cold war?  Two and a half times might be two hundred and fifty years. 

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.  And the earth helped the woman, and THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, AND SWALLOWED UP THE FLOOD which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Revelation 12:15-17

Well a flood of sin is sure on us today.  How can the earth open up to swallow a flood of sin?  There are Christians on every continent today.  Around the world there are enough righteous people to exert the influence of being good examples.  We cannot win many elections, as the bible tells us that there are few in number.   But we can pray and trust God.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Matthew 7: 13-14

THE WORLD IS BEING FLOODED, with drug abuse, violence, and terrorism.  Lawyers conspire to rob retirees of their savings by forcing them into overpriced “protection”.  Investment and banking entities are destroying the finances of our nation, while industry sends jobs overseas.  Fornication is seen as being normal behavior.  Can we see the flood yet?  I believe the world will reject much of the rule of sin because of the influence of a few righteous souls in every nation. 

THE EARTH SWALLOWS THE FLOOD (AS WITH KORAH?)

Moses faced a rebellion led by Korah and many of the leaders of Israel.  God delivered them to destruction by an event similar to what may swallow the flood:

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.  Numbers 16:31-33

The rebellion in our age is more widespread, and no single location is home to their sin.  The geological earth may not be called to swallow so many.  Perhaps there is another form for this deliverance from the people of the earth. 

GOD USES THE WORLD; NOT JUST ONE NATION.

Is it possible that THE WORLD (Earth) has enough believers now to limit this flood of sin?  If enough people show the gospel written on their lives, the world will be influenced.  Consider how much your day is ruined by one complainer.  Reverse that and multiply it to see what LOVE can do for everyone around it.  I think there is a response already being shown to the flood of evil. 

We have real disasters being reported daily.  Enemies bring “holy” war to us daily.  We have seen horrific deeds all around us in the desire to terrorize us.  Christians are being persecuted and executed in foreign lands.  But life is going on.  Courage from the martyrs and from those who close in to take their place holds the line.  Christian women have converted the cannibals who ate their husbands.  Being a christian requires courage.  Here are some modern warriors for our inspiration.  Remember, these are the examples of courage that consume the flood:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Christians

http://www.christianpersecution.info/  

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/02/christian-persecution-continues-amid-egypt-turmoil/

http://www.persecution.com/

http://www.persecution.org/2011/02/24/imprisoned-afghan-christian-released-from-prison/

http://euobserver.com/892/31848

http://www.christiannewstoday.com/Christian_News_Report_4850.html

And don’t think persecution is only overseas:

http://www.prayinjesusname.org/

This flood is not the end of the battle, but we can live to see the fulfillment of it being swallowed up.  We can do our part in the battle as WARRIORS INSTEAD OF WORRIERS; Thank God for those who value their faith even over their lives.  We have the armor and weapons of spiritual warfare.  FEAR NOT.

COUNTDOWN 3: BASIC TRAINING

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What does the bible have to offer for training an army?  Probably the original basic training manual for every modern army!  It reveals basic principles of success with confirmation in both testaments.  More importantly it offers the most powerful weapons training available:  SPIRITUAL WARFARE.  Look at the bible development path:

 PATRIARCHS

The bible opens much like the first steps a new Christian takes.  A personal invitation went to Abraham, much as Jesus offered to you.  He began alone and grew into a family with a promise of nationhood to come.  Joseph provided the wealth of Egypt to nurture the infant nation.  He also demonstrated charity and mercy; key weapons of spiritual warfare.  Moses organized the tribes into divisions with leadership assigned to each unit.  God gave the law to Moses, but it would only serve to reveal the weakness of man.  Joshua continued the demonstrations of leadership into the Promised Land. 

 JUDGES

 The Judges provided a variety of godly leadership to counter the failures of the people.  Samson reminded us that strength is from God, and can be perverted by temptation.  God delivered him and Israel through these years. 

 KINGS

 When human nature demanded a king like the other nations had, we began to see more human weaknesses and Godly mercy.  Israel became a military power for this season, but Saul would not trust God enough to enjoy a long reign.  David and Solomon both had glory flawed by human weaknesses.  Solomon recovered in his later years to reveal the fulfillment of wisdom in the end.  He also revealed the nature of the coming Messiah in his Song.  That pattern revealed a king who left his throne for a bride, and a dream of the tribulation.

 ALL IS VANITY: OBEY

 The kings who followed demonstrated all the things God warned Israel about.  As soon as one good king made corrections, a bad one would follow to drag them into captivity.  Solomon’s admonition to obey God was ignored, and Babylon took them into captivity.  Prophets had already named Cyrus of Persia as the king who would free them, and they returned to Jerusalem.  They had lived for 400 years in Egypt, with no word from God.  Now they lived another 400 years of silence before Messiah.

 BEFORE ABRAHAM I AM

 Jesus claimed to pre date the Patriarchs, and indeed he was the first.  He had made many appearances, types, and shadows of who he was to be in the Old Testament.  Now he fulfilled the promises of the prophets.

 CENTURION FAITH: JESUS AS AUTHORITY

 Jesus announced that he came to bring a sword, not peace.  He pointed to a Roman soldier as having more faith than any of the Jews.  The disciples used military analogies like the armor of faith.   This militant attitude was now directed at spiritual powers rather than human enemies.  The wars of the first testament gave us understanding of the urgency of the spiritual warfare to come.  We are to heal our neighbors, and to destroy the spiritual strongholds that imprison them. 

SERVANT IS LORD

We find a new model of leadership, a vine whose roots are from the saints who were dead and buried before us.  The branches stand on that vine, and send the living water to the tender flowering and fruit.  This is a supportive and nurturing leadership.  The Egyptian pyramid of power by oppression is not God’s way for leaders.  Leaders should serve the people instead of oppressing them. 

 NO GOSSIP OR TATTLING:  CHAIN OF COMMAND

As God anoints leaders, his soldiers are given a chain of command even as the worldly armies have.  Jesus taught us to address problems to the participants in private before going to leadership.  A witness may confirm the nature of the discussion after that private meeting.  If a complaint is justified the parties may address the authority of the church.  In every step any investigation is always done with in the presence  of all the parties, especially if accusations are being brought.  Our commander (God) has a personal open door policy, but lesser shepherds should take care not to entertain unconfirmed gossip. 

 MAN TRUSTED TO SERVE

In three ages, Old Testament, New Testament, and Prophetic, we see his plan.  God prepares man for the failure of works and law.  Then he provides the righteousness to redeem sin.  Finally God will lead us to do exploits in the fulfillment of his promises.  I see these ages as past, present, and future; dealing with land, sea, and air.  Israel entered the Promised Land, the church crossed the seas of baptism and the world, and the promise opens the heavens to us.

 HIS EYES, HANDS, HEART

 God has prepared us through many generations for the exploits he has planned for us.  He has mapped out the path and progression of the battle ahead of time.  He has demonstrated answers to every spiritual attack even in the early days of the church.  There are types and shadows of his methods and plans through both testaments.  We are trained to be his representatives.  As we allow him to live through us, we become the bible to the world around us.  Those who are predestinated to salvation will be drawn by our example.  We will become the living word, the bread of life to his lost sheep.

CARNAL WAR IS WEAK

There are many enemies of God, and some are provocative.  We need to avoid being tempted to waste our energies on small things meant to distract us from major goals.  Our warfare is spiritual, directed at recapturing the minds of those who are actually called to salvation.  Scripture warns us to avoid railers, those who bring railing accusations.  Some churches become an offense by engaging in carnal warfare.  Ultimately the enemy has violent answers to our weak forays into their territory.  We can bypass the small strongholds.

 SPIRITUAL WAR OVERCOMES ALL

If the bible has not given you enough examples, research the lives of famous Christians since the book of Revelation was concluded.  The prophesies are not all filled yet, and the bible continues to empower living souls today.  The living word is an interactive media.  Trust God to use us, and to carry us through the battles of the day.

PUT AWAY CHILDISH WEAPONS

 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.  Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.  1st Corinthians 13:11-13,  New Living Translation

SPIRITUAL WEAPONS TRAINING

 Prayer employs our minds in the needs of others.  We learn compassion for others as God had for us.  We see as an observer for artillery or air forces.  We use the radio of prayer to rely our observations to the source of powerful warfare.  He delivers us, but we begin to understand what he is preparing us to do in the real life ahead of us.  This life is only the entrance exam for the other side of eternity.

COUNTDOWN 4: WHO IS THE ARMY OF GOD?

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The Kingdom of God is still a little mysterious even while it has been with us for many millennia.  The kingdom of God began with Jesus, and the Army is a modern term that may be credible.  We are in a spiritual conflict.  If you believe in Jesus you are his, you are part of the body of Christ.  If there is an Army it serves in resisting the spiritual traps of the fallen angels.  It recovers the lost sheep of Israel and helps them to be healed and trained for this conflict.  It engages demonic strongholds through prayer and physical help to the needy.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

There are many who do not serve Satan, even if we don’t know who all of them are.  They are in places where Christianity is hated and persecuted.  Some are unexpected, as with Saul who became Paul after a personal visitation by Jesus.  Others have been known from youth like Timothy, raised and trained by faithful parents and teachers.  Only a small percentage of the world population is truly committed to Christ, but their influence is great.  Living in Christ makes an example that influences the world beyond our numbers.  We cannot rule by law, but we can rule by examples of prayer and works of service. 

THE KINGDOM IS A MONARCHY; WE ARE ROYALTY

God is relating to us and guiding us as a king.  We don’t need to struggle with elections or politics when we learn to seek him as a source of leadership.  He has a plan in the bible, and he answers prayer.  But we are more than slaves in his service.  We have been promised a share with Jesus as our inheritance.  David said we are created less than angels, but may expect to be greater than the angels.  We need a little training before we are ready for that responsibility though.  We don’t give the car keys to a toddler do we?  I am glad that God has given us this life to separate the violent and evil people before they can be empowered as the angelic host.  We need the trials of this life to understand what we are to be for God’s plan. 

 A WORLD OF FAITH

I believe that the Lord is planting faith in the far reaches of the world today.  Some may be of service to God in unexpected ways.  God used Nebuchadnezzar to judge Israel, and he had a relationship with the Lord that no one expected…especially him!  Are there Christians living among our enemy nations today who may serve the purposes of God?  I think he is forming his own “sleeper cells” today.

PRAY FOR THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Whether you pray with understanding, or in unknown tongues there are needs in unexpected and unknown locations.  Israel and its allies (that’s US!) face many threats from carnal or military warfare.  Every nation in the world strives to prevent violent crimes and drug abuse.  God ordained leaders and protective agencies.  It serves God to pray for those who support God’s behavior principles no matter what nation they represent.  This is the Christian jihad: http://atfp.org/terrorists/

Our neighbors in Mexico and Columbia need your support against drug cartels.  Thailand and others need prayer to shut down child porn and sex slavery trading.  Every seafaring nation needs protection from piracy now.  Every sailor hopes a navy vessel from some nation will be there when they have an emergency at sea. 

Somewhere in the world the gospel has been accepted by people who are surrounded by violent persecution.  (search the web!) Their nations may be our enemies, but these Christians may offer sanctuary as Oskar Schindler did for the Jews under Nazi occupation.  The kingdom of God has no political borders, and is a worldwide kingdom.  The Army of the Lord are these “sleeper cell” Christians, and all of you who pray for them. 

Remember the drug enforcement agents working undercover, border patrols, police and fire workers.  Pray for search and rescue workers, forest rangers, and fish and game agents worldwide.  All who protect and serve contribute to the wishes of God.  Some will answer the call when Israel faces its darkest hours in the tribulation.  Send the care of the Holy Spirit to them wherever they are.

We can pray for God to protect his people from threats and conspiracies we have not even heard of yet.  God has knowledge of what is to come.  Whether you pray with understanding or in tongues I believe we have this power to affect our world.  If you are awakened in the night, it may be to pray for the unknown soldiers of the Army of the Lord.  Years ago my late wife’s grandparents were moved to pray for her.  Later that night, they saw a news report on television that she had been found dead in her apartment.  She had been shot, but she was not as dead as the news had reported.  Their prayers brought her many more good years. 

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.  Prov 29:18 (KJV)

God gives vision, and suggests that we consider following his example by planning ahead.  Joseph demonstrated planning ahead for lean times.  We need to consider the cost of following Yeshua and bring the price, the labor and the plan.  Nothing should be done by accident or from a casual commitment.

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?  It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  Luke 14:26-35 (KJV)

We are called to forsake the past, and make a commitment to serve God without reservation.  God is recruiting us to serve the captain of the host; Yeshua Ha’mashiach.  We should examine his battle plan, The Word of God, and design a training method that will maintain balance in our fellowship.  We relate to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost by prayer, bible study, and Christian fellowship.  That balance is the key to victory.  We need to consider our goals, and make a plan to teach the Word, the battle plan of spiritual warfare.  Remember that Jacob tried to make his own plans before he finally let God provide his plan and his new name; Israel.  God’s Word must guide our planning.

COUNTDOWN 5: THE RECRUITER CALLS

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THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS NOT FOR PLAY SOLDIERS

 We have evidence that spiritual warfare is far more powerful than any carnal weapon systems in the history of the world.  We can document evidence of great changes in the Second World War after the prayers of a bible college in England under the headship of Rees Howells.  Spiritual warriors may face demonic opposition, so know the cost of service.  Today we can see how our nation’s great material power can fall when moral decay sets in.  Let’s offer a greater power.

Can we get training in the weapon systems of spiritual warfare?  God has ordained this army, and he left the plan in his Word.  I have pointed to a balance of prayer, bible study, and fellowship as a balance of power.  We can follow the steps of the patriarchs and watch our own development after God’s pattern. 

GOD WAS THE FIRST RECRUITER, WHEN OFFEREING THIS TO ABRAM. 

 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.  Gen 12:1-5 (KJV)

Abraham left the comforts of home to obey God.  Then Jacob had twelve sons, and they become the first Army of God.  God ordained divisions or groups much as a modern army does.  Moses delegated leadership, and so does the modern church.  Later he instituted the Feast of Tabernacles to remind Israel of the Exodus.  We can revisit the experience of this without going back under the law.

Training that demonstrates God’s plan through activities can bring the lessons to life.  The Torah relates the life of a travelling community.  We can recreate the community life in outdoor activities.  Initially bible studies can be presented in an evening campfire near the community or church.  Day hikes can build on that first campfire while sharing another part of the bible lessons along the way.  The experience of Israel may best be brought to life in overnight campouts with bible studies and skits around the campfire.  Worship songs can spread the message to other campers in the area as well.  How about some Jewish or Messianic music to complete the experience?

As we camp and study the bible, we can have fun watching the word work in our activities.  God can use these skills in our real warfare when we are ready.  Outings to public parks allow us to showcase the adventure to new audiences too.  Often the lesson reaches an unexpected listener on the fringes.  His sheep know his voice, so God’s word is the bread that draws them in.  You can learn more about people from one camp than from a year of Sunday hand-shakes.  In youth camp a wet sleeping bag and one annoying kid could prove a lot about your Christianity!

No one is unworthy of being joined or rejoined to the olive tree.  The (gentile) harlot Rahab, and Mary Magdalene, were worthy of death, but entered the rolls of honor with Messiah instead.  He seeks “whosoever will”; only the willing may enter.  This army recruits all who will serve Yeshua Ha’mashiach with a changed life.  The Holy Spirit is a patient teacher, producing good fruit in any life.  We can expect promotion as we become new creatures in Christ.  The change will bring good works by faith.

 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.  Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  James 2:17-26 (KJV)

 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  James 1:22-25 (KJV)

Viewing the creation glorifies the creator.  The buildings of man can’t compare to the works of God.  He ordained an altar of natural stones at the crossing of the Jordan.  This does not allow us to glory in a man-made work, but rather in the creator.  John the Baptist declared the coming of the savior without the distraction of the glorious Roman temple.  Visiting life in tents may reveal the spirit of the law living among the letters of the law.  Such a reminder was ordained in the Feast of Tabernacles, to remember the Exodus. 

God promised the Holy Ghost to be our teacher, and he works at campfires, perhaps more than in an auditorium.  This trainer works through our fellow Christians.  You will get to know them, and their Holy Spirit better on these outings.  You will discover that you too will be used to encourage others.  This may draw you to become a leader in service yourself.  We need workers for the harvest in missions, youth service, and church planting.  Is this the beginning of your life of great exploits?

Jesus offers a commission to all of us.  An officer’s commission is the path to leadership in the army.  You can be more than a follower; you can be the head, not the tail.  We should be leaders to the world around us.

 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)

COUNTDOWN 6: THE BATTLE PLAN OF GOD

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We can see events in the Middle East heating up towards a great conflict that has been predicted for many millennia.  But even daily life brings many challenges and threats.  There is a spiritual war coming against you even if you don’t want to be part of it.  We will face real physical threats; crime, disasters and military warfare.  How can you have peace in the middle of a war? 

RIGHT IN FRONT OF US

God is not unfair, and the church has an organized training plan.  THE BIBLE teaches our hands how to do warfare God’s way.  It even explains the principles by military examples.  The Old Testament warfare is given as a carnal example that our minds can understand.  Jesus pointed to a Roman soldier as having more faith than anyone is Israel.  The armor of faith is a real source of victory.

 OUTLINED BY GROWTH STEPS

Adam discovered the war that sin brings into our life.  Abraham was called to form a new nation.  His family grew into an army over many years.  Moses organized divisions and commanders for each tribe.  The patriarchs demonstrated the steps every new Christian will take in their growth.  They recognized and acknowledged the Messiah even before his New Testament revelation.  Our organization is detailed in the growth of the church, and recorded in these scriptures.

LESSONS FOR OUR LIMITED LEARNING ABILITY

 We can’t understand the depth of a Godly relationship without the intimacy of a faithful marriage relationship.  We don’t know the love he has for us until we see the bride of Christ revealed in the Song of Solomon.  We need to experience the horrors of carnal war to recognize the seriousness of the spiritual warfare that surrounds us.  We have to pray against the darkness with the same faith and determination David brought against the Philistines.  We war against spiritual powers and principalities even when carnal war is at our doorstep.

GOD USES MAN: WE ARE PARTICIPANTS…BEGIN TO CARE FOR OTHERS

We have our orders from these scriptures.  We are called to be watchmen in the tower, accountable for any who are slain if we fail to sound the alarm.  As watchmen we observe the peril of our brethren, and direct the army to protect our neighbors.  We have to care about others, and call to God to help them.  We are the forward observers for the artillery of heaven.  God can save his people without us, but he wants to share the experience of caring for others.  He is preparing us for a greater role to come.

CARNAL WAR TEARS FLESH, SPIRITUAL WAR TEARS THE DEMONS BEHIND THE FLESH

How often do we turn away souls by angry words?  We can’t set an example of longsuffering and patience if we can’t forgive.  We have been given the tools of prayer to attack the spirits that cause the bad behavior.  This is the hardest trial; to resist war with the person and focus on war with the spirit that drives the person.  We can pray for our neighbors while binding the demonic forces that drive them.

PUT ASIDE CHILDISH THINGS

Spiritual warfare is not weak.  Rees Howells* demonstrated the power of prayer to change the course of the Second World War.  The weapons being developed by Germany then are still high tech in this age.  We were facing a serious threat in that war.  However we Christians have access to the power that created the universe.  How can a mere atomic bomb compare to that?  Carnal warfare cannot stand in the face of our God.  With the birth of Israel we see the great tribulation battlefield shaping up.  Are we ready to roll out the real weapons? 

http://www.byfaith.co.uk/paulreeshowells.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Rees-Howells-Intercessor-Norman-Grubb/dp/0875081886

CARNAL WORLD IS HOLLYWOOD BAALAM

We see the world influenced by many media forms that all point to the ungodly norm.  Balaam brought temptation to undermine Israel in his day.  It cost him, and others who challenge the church to this day.  The church may try to use the same modern media to fight back, but the world is skilled with their own tools.  We do not reach as far with those methods as the enemy does.

SPIRITUAL NEEDS NO MEDIA OR BUILDINGS

Jesus had no sound system or buildings.  You may find his tools to be more effective than technology.  His words still present themselves well in personal groups, even around a campfire.  Surround your audience with the wilderness night skies to reveal the glory of his creation.  A tent or a cabin in the state park can provide a distraction free retreat.  The bible delivers the bread of life, the voice that his sheep know as their master.  We are here to train God’s chosen, so the word is what separates the sheep from the goats.  Those who come to hear more are the ones you want to reach.  The bible is more than just words.

NO INTERNET OR RADIOS:  PRAYER

The internet can be a good tool, as the printing press was.  It can also be misused as other media have been.  But we do not need phone calls or e-mails for communication with God.  When I was in the Army, artillery was requested by forward observers.  Prayer is your radio to call for support from the batteries of heaven.  Watch over your friends, and detect the work of the spirit enemies of God.  We can pray against the spirits that fell with Lucifer.  We are expected to oppose those spirits without mercy. 

TRAIN LEADERS FIRST, THEN CHILDREN

Our seniors should bring years of experience and spiritual maturity.  If they have been trained in Christian behavior, their example is the foundation of teaching for the younger leaders.  The bible will provide role models for every generation.

TRINITY BALANCE

FATHER=PRAYER

God is the commander in chief, and has an open door for you at all times

  1. SON=BIBLE

The battle maps are already complete for you to study.  The patriarchs led the way.

  1. HOLY GHOST=CHRISTIAN UNITY

The spirit is the signal corps of heaven, sharing the messages of faith with all.  Tune in godly love to receive his instructions.

 *Rees Howells Intercessor

By Grubb Norman Percy

Publisher: CLC Ministries

Onward, Christian soldiers

1.         Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

            with the cross of Jesus going on before.

            Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;

            forward into battle see his banners go!

Refrain:

            Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

            with the cross of Jesus going on before.

2.         At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;

            on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!

            Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;

            brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

            (Refrain)

3.         Like a mighty army moves the church of God;

            brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.

            We are not divided, all one body we,

            one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

            (Refrain)

4.         Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,

            but the church of Jesus constant will remain.

            Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;

            we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

            (Refrain)

5.         Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,

            blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.

            Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,

            this through countless ages men and angels sing.

            (Refrain)



COUNTDOWN 7: PERFECT BALANCE

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I am designing a small aircraft that combines two planes into a third combined vehicle.  For this to work it has to have perfect balance in all three configurations.  If successful, it may offer a replacement for the now ended space shuttle vehicles.  If not, it may make a great smoking hole in the desert!  Perfect balance is the key to our daily lives too.

  

 HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE PERFECT BALANCE?  

 The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost represent God in ways that we can approach for growth.  Jesus taught us to pray to God the Father.

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Luke 11:2

So when we spend time in prayer, we are in fellowship with God the FatherJesus is known as “The Word” As his life is completely revealed in scripture; we can have fellowship with Jesus, The Son, by study of the scriptures.

The Holy Ghost dwells in the believers, and offers us encouragement.  We can help others as the Holy Spirit leads us.  Our praying pastors are anointed to bring understanding through teaching and preaching.  Others may have experience and understanding to help us with our daily struggles.  Regular Christian fellowship is the key to Holy Ghost understanding.

PRAYER, BIBLE STUDY, AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE are the keys to a balanced relationship with the FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST.  Each day can offer parts of this balance if we give up a little of our time.     Finding that time is a bit like prospering through tithing.  Our faith is tested by offering the little we have, then God can multiply what we have left over.  Our daily schedule is more productive when we have this balance.  God gives us inner peace that will survive in the midst of any battle.  Christ confidence puts more spring in your step, and moves us efficiently through our day.

 We can have this balance in our Christian gatherings as well.  Royal Ranger meetings opened with prayer and a brief Bible study.  The activity often led the boys through applications of those scriptures.  Then a devotional study could review the meeting activities, or apply a personal experience to the lesson.  Hikes or camping can begin and end in prayer and reflection.  It all allows the balance for Trinity fellowship.

This means that we need never be deprived of balance, as buildings are not needed for trinity fellowship.   In times of war or natural disaster we can gather anywhere in the name of Jesus, and he will be there to complete us.  The church or other gathering place allows us to maintain relationship with Father Son and Holy Ghost. 

When God calls his sheep out of darkness, they come to the gathering as walking wounded.  They need the security of the fort during a time of spiritual hospitalization.  As we grow in faith and knowledge, we want to share with others.  Our prayer and sharing awakens others who served the darkness until they see the light.  Our outreach is like the armies that leave the castle to make spiritual warfare in enemy territory.

 We need to be on the spiritual attack, but we can’t succeed without training.  The church has to be a place of security for that healing and re-training.  We need to guard the inner group against infiltration.  Of course the church has been infiltrated from the beginning.  The epistles teach us how to sort and shield the sheep in the New Testament church.  God gave us examples and solutions to any problem that may come against us in scripture.

 During the training experience we can draw from the trinity for balanced discernment of right and wrong.  You will find that God allows small evils to help your learning.  Look for his help from prayer, scripture, and Christian counsel. 

As we grow you may see greater challenges and opportunities in your daily life.  The spiritual vision God gives you will allow you to go on bold raids into the territories of the darkness.  You will engage in bold exploits:

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.  Daniel 11:32

We should guard against unbalanced teachings because they do not fully try the spirits that tempt us.  Prayer gives you God’s direction to guide your day.  Bible knowledge tests our thought life against stray spirits and temptation.  Church attendance provides experienced guidance and opportunities to encourage others.  This is a three strand rope, wound together for the strength to bind powers and principalities. 

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