Waiting in the Wings

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

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No Longer Slaves

“Join Forces” – by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Exodus 12:41 (NKJV) And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.

There comes a point in our spiritual journey where God calls us to shift how we see our relationship with Him and how we see ourselves. So often we may find ourselves focusing on God as our refuge and our deliverer. And indeed, He is all that and more to us; He has delivered us out of bondage with a mighty hand. And yet, an amazing truth is that God delivered so that we might join forces with Him. We are no longer slaves, instead, we have been called to stand by the side of our King as a mighty army.

When the children of Israel were leaving the bondage of Egypt, Scripture refers to them as “the armies of the LORD.” With the Heavenly King mounting such an elaborate rescue, it’s difficult to think of this band of slaves as an army. And yet, if we follow their wilderness sojourns, we can see that the Israelites were definitely struggling to accept that they were God’s mighty warriors. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because they refused the call to join their King and battle for the land of Israel. 

Yet it was Joshua and his generation who were able to grab ahold of God’s vision and walk in it. When they considered the battles for the Promised Land that were ahead, they understood that the Presence of the King—along with His heavenly hosts—would be going with them, to fight for them. This is also the shift in perspective that we must make. We too must cross over from a mindset of oppression and weakness and rise up as the army we were created to be. However, our “military might” isn’t found in the strength of our flesh. For the just live—and fight—by faith and faith alone.

Joshua 6,9 (VOICE) So be strong and courageous, for you will lead this people as they acquire and then divide the land I promised to their ancestors…. This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go. 

Ride Forth

Revelation 19:14-15 (AMP) And the armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, [dazzling] white and clean, followed Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword (His word) with which He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He will tread the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty [in judgment of the rebellious world].

There is a call from heaven to don our linen robes, climb upon our horses, and ride into war with our King. But what does Kingdom warfare truly look like? In Scripture, we see a foreshadowing of Christ through the mighty warrior King David. David drew all of his strength from God alone. God preserved David in good times and in bad and ultimately empowered David to unify the Kingdom of Israel. David had perpetual victory in battle due to his strong connection with the King of Kings.

David set the model for Kingdom warfare for both the fighters that gathered to him and for believers today. He had a unique practice of inquiring of God before going into battle. When times were hardest, and even when his very allies were against him (1 Samuel 30:6), David would strengthen himself in God. It was from this place that God would direct David and proclaim the coming victory in battle. David would carefully act upon God’s directives with bold confidence; one could say he was clothed and armed in God’s mighty Word.

This is a pattern that we can follow today. When faced with trials, intercession must be our first response. In the secret place, we will find the Living Word of God and be able to cloth and equip ourselves with it. The Word is always “now,” with a life-giving perspective for every situation we face. But from the secret place, we must also be ready to act upon God’s Word when necessary. We must be prepared to get up on our horses and ride forth in our God-given commissions.

No matter what trial you are facing today, remember, that it is not by accident. The King of Kings has need of you. He is ready and willing to empower you to overcome. Therefore, run to the secret place, listen for His voice, and fearlessly act upon His instructions.

Psalm 16:7-8 (NKJV) I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Lead the Charge

“Anointed for War: Rallied Warriors” – by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

My vessel, you have been anointed for war. Even more, I have called you to lead others into battle. You know well that the weapons you wield are mighty in Me and not of this earth. I have anointed you with breakthrough power and might by My Spirit. Long-standing hinderances to the manifestation of My Kingdom will crumble when you lift up My Word as a banner. Through Me, you will overcome.

Through your wilderness training ground, you have been made ready for this day. A single mighty one in Me who clings to My Word is stronger than a military battalion. Therefore, know that as you build up and embolden others in the faith, the combined might of My Body will become the strongest force on earth. Resist the urge to focus on your weaknesses and shortcomings. Doing so will only cause you to lose sight of the vision I have placed in you. Instead, trust in My judgment. I have chosen you, and I have chosen well. Remember, I do not choose leaders based on their outward appearance or natural capabilities, instead, I look at the heart.

As your Commander, when I give you a military goal, rejoice for the battle has already been won! Keep your eyes fixed on Me and continue to walk in all that I have taught you. What you learned of My Word in the small battles will have tremendous power when applied to larger battles. Even more, you will act as a rallying point for others as they see how easily you are able to move through strongholds when clothed with My might. You know where your power comes from and it comes as you rest in Me and stand upon My Word.

Therefore, I say, lead My charge. Follow in My footsteps. Let your feet be as My feet and your hands be as My hands and let us operate as one to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Through you, I will forge new pathways for young warriors to follow in, and we will take new territory in the promised inheritance of My people. Beloved, rise to this new challenge with a confidence that is well rooted in Me. Allow this new aspect of your calling to be the vehicle that will cultivate a deeper connection between you and I.

Deuteronomy 20:1-4 (VOICE) Moses: This is how you should act during wartime: When you go to battle against your enemies, if you see their army is larger than yours and they have horses and chariots, don’t be afraid of them! The Eternal your God is with you—the same God who defeated Pharaoh and brought you out of Egypt. As you are approaching the battlefield, your priest will come over to you and address you: “Listen, Israel! Today you’re going to fight a battle against your enemies. Don’t be intimidated by them! Don’t be afraid! Don’t run away! Don’t let them terrify you! The Eternal, your True God, has come out here with you, and He’ll fight for you against your enemies and save you.”

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV) For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

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