We are Warriors

“You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms; with you I break in pieces the horse and his rider; with you I break in pieces the chariot and the charioteer”
‭‭(Jeremiah‬ ‭51:20-21‬).

God spoke through Jeremiah concerning the enemies of his people. God declared his people a weapon of war to break the enemy to pieces and to destroy the kingdoms of darkness. We are God’s army and with understanding he teaches our hands to do war and our fingers to fight (Psalm 144:1).

God cannot be tempted of evil and he does not cause sickness, infirmity and oppression. The enemy is good at convincing us that God does this, so that we direct our anger towards God and not at him. There are spirits of darkness that causes infirmity and torment. We have nothing to fear when it comes to ate attacks of the enemy. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood and God has given us power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy and absolutely NOTHING shall by any means harm us (Ephesians 6:12; Luke 10:19).

We take authority against the spirits of sickness and infirmity and we bind every spirit of torment in Jesus Name. God says that he will rebuke the devourer for our sake. We know that the devil comes but for to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to give us life in abundance (Malachi 3:11; John 10:10).

We will not allow the devil to continue to steal our joy and peace. God is teaching us how to fight and to take back what he has stolen. We take it by force as we use our weapons and the word of God to declare spiritual war. We command principalities and powers to bow in Jesus Name and we pray a blood covering over our houses, our families and everything that belongs to us. We command principalities and powers to lift off our minds and bodies in Jesus Name. Although the enemy pushes back we will not stop fighting until we take possession of this territory.

“Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff; you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory” (Isaiah 41:15-16).


War in the Heavens

“The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia”(Daniel 10:13).

Gabriel’s conversation with Daniel gives us insight, into what happens in the heavenly realm over our physical world. How is it that while Daniel fasted and prayed, there was a war being waged in the atmosphere? This was between the Prince of Persia and Michael who is the chief Prince of war within the kingdom of God. Gabriel’s mandate is to bring answers and to transmit information. He also provides revelation and insight into the mysteries of God. While on route to Daniel he was withstood by a demonic Prince who reigned over the territory of Persia (Daniel 10:12-14).

There are principalities, powers and rulers of darkness that monitor specific regions and territories who will try to block our advances. As we continue to intercede and wage war through prayer, Michael and other heavenly assistants will fight on our behalf. The battle belongs to God and our posture is constant prayer and worship which are our weapons of war.

We feel exhausted at times and challenges sometimes knocks the wind out of us. We continue to fight back and pursue the enemy and recover what was stolen. “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue” (1 Samuel 30:8). This is what God commanded David when the Amalekites raided their camp and took their families. Pursue them and overtake and succeed in winning this battle.

“pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17-18‬).


Sanctified for Service

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).

We are a temple for the presence of God to dwell and for the Holy Spirit to inhabit. We are created for the establishment of the kingdom of God. We are not perfect, but we allow the Holy Spirit to live through us and we remain connected to God, for his purpose to be fulfilled in us.

Paul encouraged a daily sanctification and asking God to forgive and cleanse us from our sins. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Yet we are not sinners but we are the righteousness of God. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

So we are no longer slaves to sin, because through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we live in him and our bodies are under the blood of Jesus. His grace covers us and keeps us from falling into sin. We are not able to keep ourselves pure and sinless, but when we remain close to God and submit our spirits to him, then the Holy Spirit does the work to keep us pure.

Daily prayer, worship and reading the word keeps us in the presence of God, so that he can continue to refine us. We need fasting to help us to overcome some strongholds and the habitual sins that we struggle to get rid of. God is coming back for a Holy church without spot or wrinkle so we are holy because God is holy. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple”
‭‭(1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16-17‬).


Take it by Force

Our assignment on earth is to advance the kingdom of God, to walk in authority and dominion and to take possession of everything that God has promised us. The enemy wants us to live broke down, depressed, oppressed and well below our potential. When we come into the fullness and complete understanding of who we are in Christ Jesus and the power available to us, we will no longer live with what the enemy is serving up.

Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead, to give us power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over every power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm us (Luke 10:19). If you are sick, we recognise that healing is a promise to the children of God. “You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you” (Exodus 23:25). Daily tap into what the word says about healing, in order to build your faith in that area and then claim your healing in Jesus Name.

The bible provides prescriptions for healing from mental, emotional and physical infirmity. It offers hope and insight for lack and debt and hope and strength for the weary. Time is never an excuse for not studying the bible, when we find time for so many other distractions. Besides, when we come to the understanding of how we can use the word to win our battles, we won’t miss out on learning the word in order to claim from its promises.

God made us in his image to rule and reign as Kings and seated us in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). God’s promise is that he has made us the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Exodus 28:13). We take our rightful seat of authority on this earth and refuse to settle for being restricted, held back and treated like second class citizens.

The enemy will not surrender territory willingly, so we progress violently through prayer and claim our rightly possession. We use the word of God as our weapon, which is quick and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword. Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).


Unflinching Convicting

I recently heard the word unflinching, used to describe the kind of support that I had provided for someone. Although I didn’t quite know the meaning of the word, the phrase that came to mind was Isaiah’s reference regarding ‘fixing his face like a flint.’ I believe in chapter 50 Isaiah spoke about waking daily to hear the word of God in order to speak a word to the weary (Isaiah 50:4).

Most prophets in bible days were not very popular people, because their message was often one of repentance and judgement. Yet Isaiah was convinced that he was not afraid of shame or persecution, but he would continue to stand firm in his conviction. This is because Isaiah knew that God was with him to protect and defend him.

I looked up the word unflinching and it means, ‘not showing fear or hesitation in the face of danger or difficulty.’ I imagine that this word may have come, from having one‘s face set hard like a flint or a stone. A flint is a hard rock which has been used for centuries to make weapons. I suppose this stone is powerful and hard, so Isaiah’s reference was to having a determined perseverance in the face of difficulty and danger.

We need unflinching determination to do the will of God, to accomplish our life’s mission and purpose and to not be deterred by opposition or trials. We have to have our faces fixed like a flint, because we know that God is with us so we will not be ashamed. We have confidence in what God says in spite of what our circumstances look like. We speak light into the darkness and command things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:7).


Maintain Your Position

“And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you”” (Nehemiah 6:3)?

Let us take a brief snapshot from the story regarding Nehemiah. He rebuilt the walls in Jerusalem following the exile of the Jews. Nehemiah learned that there was a remnant of Jews, who escaped the exile but were in trouble and distress, because the walls were torn down (Nehemiah 1). He gained the favour of the King who he served as a cupbearer. The King allowed Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem, to rebuild the wall and also provided the equipment, which he needed to do this work.

Nehemiah gathered the people and the work progresses successfully, until he encountered opposition. In chapter 4, Sanballat and Tobiah were angry, that the work progressed and hurled insults at Nehemiah and the Jews. Nehemiah’s response was to pray and carry on building and the work progressed.

Again in chapter 6, when Sanballat and Tobiah heard that Nehemiah had completed the wall, they continue to conspire. This time they sent messengers 4 times to call Nehemiah to meet, but their intention was to harm him. Nehemiah saw through their conspiracy and his response was, “I cannot come down because I am doing a great work.”

When the first plot didn’t work, they wrote letters spreading lies and gossip about Nehemiah, saying that he wanted to be King. They even sent a false prophet to convince Nehemiah, to run to the house of God to hide because they wanted to kill him. On every occasion, Nehemiah saw through the conspiracies and recognised them as schemes, to distract him from the work. He maintained his focus and completed the work of rebuilding the wall, restoring the gates and the doors (Nehemiah 6).

We can learn a lot from this story about Nehemiah. (1) Stay focused on what God has assigned you to do and complete the assignment. (2) Do not entertain every argument or engage in every fight. (3) Not every “Prophet” or “prophetic word” is sent by God. (4) When God has asked you to do something great, expect opposition and persecution to come. (5) Stay in prayer, remain steadfast in your conviction and God will give you the strength to complete what you have started. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ”
‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬).


Strategic Discipleship

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today”” (Luke 19:5).

Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was unpopular among the people. When Jesus decided to go to his home, the people did not approve. “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner” (Luke 19:7). But Jesus’s decision to go with Zacchaeus produced a positive outcome. “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold” (Luke 19:8). Not only did Zacchaeus surrender his life to God and receive salvation, he also redistributed his wealth to those in need.

Jesus once stopped in the city of Samaria to minister to a woman who was an adulteress. His disciples were puzzled about why he was talking to the woman, as the Jews traditionally had no dealings with the Samaritans. After Jesus concluded his ministry to the woman, she ran to spread his message to the people in her town. Because of this woman’s testimony, many Samaritans met Jesus and believed and received salvation. ““Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him”” (John 4:29-30).

We see a similar narrative, when Jesus travelled to the country of the Gerasenes and healed the man possessed with legions. The man begged Jesus to allow him to travel with him. Jesus declined his offer and directed him towards another assignment. ““Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him”” (Luke 8:39).

Throughout his ministry, Jesus reached out to disciple those who people considered, among the worst of sinners. These were people who others had given up on, as being beyond redemption. What was amazing, was how powerful their testimony was in bringing others to Christ. Zacchaeus was an outcast among his people, because he collected taxes for the Romans. The Samaritan woman was won over by the realisation, that Jesus felt that she was worthy to be ministered to despite her failures. The man of Gerasenes had probably given up on being set free. His freedom first made him want to follow Jesus and then his testimony was powerful enough to transform a city.

Despite the history of these people mentioned above, Jesus considered them worthy of salvation. Nobody is perfect and no one is more worthy or salvation than another person. God takes no delight in the death of sinners, but desires that everyone would repent and have eternal life (Ezekiel 18:23). God created us all in his image and he loves us. Sin distorts the image of God in us and we have an assignment as Christians, to win as many souls to God as possible. “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared”
‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭130:3-4‬).


Being Unmovable

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Paul taught the Corinthians on the subject of death and resurrection from the dead. He expounds on Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection and explained that our mortal bodies shall put on an incorruptible body in order to inherit the kingdom of God. “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable”(1 Corinthians 15:50). In essence, Paul was saying that as believers, we do not have a reason to fear death. “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting””(1 Corinthians 15:54-55)?

Paul and the other disciples lived with the certainty of imprisonment and death, given how dangerous their careers as apostles were during that time. Paul also spoke in Acts 20 that the Holy Spirit continued to witness that he was likely to experience imprisonment and affliction. Paul does not seem deterred by the threats, but is ever more determined to carry on doing the work of spreading the gospel. “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”(Acts 20:24).

Over in Acts 21, Paul starts his journey to Jerusalem and the disciples prayed and begged him not to go. One prophet even demonstrated to Paul how he would be in chains if he journeyed to Jerusalem (Acts 21:11). “Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus””(Acts 21:13).

In the end, Paul journeyed to Jerusalem and was indeed arrested. His conviction was that he had to do the will of God no matter the consequence. Paul was not afraid of death but was determined to complete his God given assignment. Paul was not moved by the threats because he was persuaded that whether he was alive or dead, that his life belonged to God. “as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”(Philippians 1:20-21).


Rest in Him

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬).

We are believing God in this season for restoration of things lost or stolen. Notice the word rest-oration is derived from the word rest. In order for restoration to take place we have to find rest in God and in his promises. Rest is an elusive concept in our twenty first century. This is due to the drive to try to do more and constantly earn more in order to make progress. Someone may ask; how do I rest when I have work, school, a family and other demands?

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew‬ ‭11:29‬). When I first heard this scripture, I never understood how taking on a yoke would give us rest. This is because it sounded like carrying an additional burden. I researched this scripture for the meaning and I found out that a yoke is what is placed on two oxen for them to carry a load together. As such Jesus wants to be yoked with us in order to walk with us and help us carry our burdens. What an assurance of our help and a constant companion to share in our struggles.

God cares for us and he does not want us to be weary, stressed out, burnt out, sick and tired. Jesus has borne our grief and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew‬ ‭11:30‬).

We find peace and rest when we take our worries and cares to Jesus in prayer and surrender it all to him. We surrender in knowing that he hears us, that he cares. We know that he is walking with us, yoked with us and helping us to carry our burdens. We are never alone and there is joy and peace in abiding in his rest.


We Shall Recover All

“And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue”” ‭‭(1 Samuel‬ ‭30:8‬).

In 1 Samuel 30, David returned from to his camp, after the Philistines sent him back because they did not trust him. They rejected David because they recognised him as a man of war. He had defeated them in the past when he fought with Saul. On his return home, David learnt that the Amalekites had raided his camp. They took his family, possession and the families of his men that served him and burned the camp.

David was distressed and so were his men who spoke of stoning him. David did the only thing that could help him at that time. David asked the Priest to bring his ephod (sacred garment of praise and worship used to seek God). David asked the Lord whether or not he should pursue the raiders and asked God if he would be successful. God answered David and told him to pursue, overtake and recover everything that was stolen (1 Samuel 30:7-8).

David set out with his men to overtake the Amalekites and found them eating, dancing and celebrating. David attacked their army, struck them down and recovered everything. “Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all” (1 Samuel‬ ‭30:19‬).

Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. I declare that in this season, we will pursue our goals and dreams, we shall overtake them and recover anything lost or stolen. What have you lost that you gave up on getting back? What opportunities did you lose out on as a result of someone being dishonest? God says to pursue that dream again because you will recover. Seek the Lord about your next step, receive his guidance and go pursue and recover all.

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer worm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed” (Joel 2:25-26).