War Time

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I have been in London for a couple of days visiting some friends and attending some birthday functions.

I had a few hours to spare so I wandered around  and saw Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Buckingham Palace.

It struck me that all around London there are monuments and landmarks dedicated to victories and heroes. During times of war, hardship and battle heroes are recognized. I walked down one street and saw where the war cabinet met to plot and strategize during war time.

As I walked the streets and prayed for the UK I was reminded of some verses from the Bible that our friends had shared at the start of the year

“Proclaim this among the nations; prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let them come up. Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears….” (Joel 3:9-11)

We are in war time!

How are we as the body of Christ preparing and deploying troops for the Spiritual battle we are in?

To be a hero you need to have a particular character and mindset. You must be prepared to stand apart from the crowd and follow your convictions.

In the Bible we read about some heroes who were victorious in the battles they faced. You can read about them in Hebrews 11. They all responded in faith to the challenges of their times. They sought God and did what He said and showed to them.

Are we prepared for the challenges of our day? Are we going to be heroes of faith in our time. Are we going to lay our life down for the battle to take the Gospel to people who don’t know about it?

Keep persevering and following your convictions mighty men and women of God….

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Lyn McNair June 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

I just wanted to thank you and encourage you concerning this posting about war and preparing for war. It is something the Lord has been speaking to us about quite a bit lately, using such scriptures as Matt. 16:18 and the gates of hell not prevailing against the church, which implies the church must be on the offensive and not the defensive; Ps. 129:2, David’s enemies do not prevail against God’s chosen people and Ps. 18 and David’s assurance and hope in God against his enemies. He trusted God even in the middle of fear. Fearing is human, trusting God is supernatural. Numbers 23:24 is particularly powerful! We are not to be a people of timidity, but a people who do not lie down until we have devoured the prey! This is a call to action. This is a call to attack. Our first preparation has to be prayer but then we are to ‘rise up’. It is God who trains our hands for war and covers our head for battle, so if He is for us who can be against us?
We have seen captives set free from strongholds of reasoning and fear because we recognize our weapons are divine for the demolishing of strongholds. It is His power at work in us, ordinary men and women who are passionate to join the battle and who believe that with our God we can leap over walls! The enemy does NOT want God’s people to know who they are in Christ and to know their potential in Jesus. You don’t have to be a hero, you just have to believe in the one who is the Hero in you!

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Ben and Catherine Taylor June 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

Thanks for your comment Lyn. Just last night we were with some good friends who are moving back to the UK and were talking about the revelation of Christ in us. That’s our hope isn’t it. Christ in us the hope of glory. Keep sounding the war cry!
Ben and Cath
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