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.

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