“My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.” – Jeremiah 4:19
There is prayer, and then there is warfare. The psalmist prays, “teach my hands to war“. The Ephesians are reminded that we fight not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. While the Corinthians are reminded that though the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (or physical), but are rather spiritual, yet are they mighty to the pulling down of the enemies strong holds, both in people’s lives and in this world. Their is power in prayer and their is victory in warfare.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
Often times we come to God in prayer laying burdens down, seeking council, making petitions, asking mercy for others, and so on. Then there are times for the mature Christian when once those burdens are laid down in faith, council has been sought and instructions received, that orders are given and authority granted to back it up, upon which actions must now be taken.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” – Joshua 1:9
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13
God chooses those for warfare who are willing to seek Him for orders, trust His battle plans, and follow them through with precision and faith. While prayer is directed more inward toward God, warfare is more akin to proclamation and is directed outward toward the enemy. Though we do not converse “with” the enemy, we do speak forth the edicts, decrees, and proclamations of God “towards” it. We command in faith that he loose our loved ones, that he leave our homes, schools, and churches, that his hold on a heart, a life, a family or a region be broken. Whatever the instruction of the Lord be for that fight, we are to obey and pray in faith, not asking but proclaiming while enduring in faith to stand firm on that proclamation knowing in whom you have been called to give it.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” – 2 Timothy 2:3-4
It’s time for the true Christian to wake up from the wary selfish trance-ful slumber that the enemy has lolled them into. Stop being distracted by the things of this temporary carnal world. Stop spending all your time crying for selfish desires. Wake up to the war! You serve the Kingdom of Heaven and there’s a war on! Armor up, Stand up, and Battle up against the kingdom of the enemy with endurance, authority, and faith that others might be saved! Go out and start earning your stripes, soldier!
“Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;” – Jeremiah 51:20
So you know how to pray but how do you start to fight this war? How do you actually start to take ground so that you can see victories for the Kingdom? First ask God to teach you how to war and start by taking the ground that He has already given you. Start with your home. You can’t expect to win a region if you can’t kick the devil out of your own camp. You have dominion over what is yours. Take your own land back before you try to expand it. Anoint your home, claim dominion, take authority, and kick the devil out!
“…the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” – Matthew 11:12
You want to take ground spiritually? Start by kicking the devil out of the territory of your mind, your emotions, and your house. Now your taking land! Now you have a base of operations. Now you can start fighting to expand the territory. Now you fight to kick him out of your church. Come into agreement with other warring Christians to help kick him out of their lives and families. Then start expanding further. But don’t go rogue! Seek God for His orders so that you will be backed up by His power, provision, and authority. If you are in the Kings army, the King will provide the battle plan, the provision, the weapons, and the power (or authority) to get the job done. Do not walk into a battle field alone! However, if God is with you, who can be against you! For all the host of heaven are at your command standing ready for the fight!
“Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” – Psalms 144:1
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” – 2 Corinthians 10:4
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