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)

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