Entering into spiritual warfare is tantamount to dropping leaflets like America did in Vietnam saying, “there is about to be an attack here. Time to move if you don’t want to get napalmed” (my paraphrase). The reality is that you’re picking a fight with the enemy, and poking a spiritual finger in his chest. He laughs at all of our puny efforts, but he trembles when a team of believers hoofs the pavement with praise in their hearts, prayer on their lips, and a hunger in their eyes. He’s not trembling because of us. Are you kidding? He’s trembling because of who is going before us, inhabiting us, and coming along behind us. Jesus was the strong man who bound the enemy, plundering his house, saving souls, and stealing his trophies as he watched powerless, unable to stop him. Jesus rides forward in the book of Revelation, riding forth conquering and to conquer. He’s the victor of that vision, and it covers what was, what is, and what is to come. God will win. He will be glorified. The battle is already won.
Soldiers, when you advance into a neighborhood or community, you are bringing the presence of God there, in the same way that the Israelites marched the ark of the covenant into battle with them. If God be for us, who can be against us? Therefore, marching forward is doing battle. We don’t just dig in and stand, we advance.
There are ways of advancing. Prayer. Holiness. (I know that sounds weird to some of you, but if so, you need to read my chapter on it in Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders Of The Lost Art). Evangelism. Discipleship. Worship. Communion. Preaching the cross and the grace of God. Living in such a way that adorns the gospel. I could go on.
Anyone who has been engaged in kingdom advancement begins to experience a shift in ministry. It starts to become about prayer in a big way. There is a direct correlation between prayer and advancement. Prayer brings in the air support, to clear the way for the troops on the ground. Apostolic evangelist, John Wesley said “When we pray, coincidences happen. When I don’t. They don’t.” That weren’t no coincidence. Pray. Stand. Advance. That should be your battle cry, your stance, your tactic.
Every time you return from a skirmish, wounded, humbled, a bit broken, and bleeding. You heal up. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. But when you come back, hurting from failure, smarting from a tail-whuppin, you receive the healing of Jesus. Your failures get consumed as fuel to stoke the fires of your heart for his grace and mercy. Enough of that, and you begin to realize what makes you conquerors…if God is for us, nothing can be against us. Nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Creation knows it…even our enemy knows it. It’s often we who take all the convincing. Once convinced however, we will die for Him…just like he died for us.
With those principles firmly in place, you’re undefeatable…you’re more than conquerors!
In the tribes of Israel, there were 12 tribes descended from the 12 sons of Jacob. All of them received a prophecy as Jacob lay dying. They were all loved. They all were sons. But one of them, Benjamin, received this prophecy:
“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
in the morning he devours the prey,
in the evening he divides the plunder.”
I’ve often thought that would be the coolest prophecy to get if you were one of Jacob’s sons. This is the type of son I want to be. Ravenous. Devouring. Dividing the plunder taken from my enemy. I want to be an animal for the gospel, like a wolf that makes the enemy run when my church coming. I can imagine that’s how he felt when he saw Paul setting up in the marketplace. Think it was any coincidence that Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin?
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