The Army of the Lord

Do you belong to the Army of the Lord?

We all know about the armour of God spoken of in Ephesians 6:10-20. Now we just need the soldiers to wear it. It’s interesting isn’t it, that the Bible talks about the church, or the people of God, in some very descriptive language. Amongst other things, we are called the children of God, the Bride of Christ, and then we are given all this armour and told to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a bit of a difference between being a child, or a bride, or a soldier). These are just some of the different ways in which we relate to God.

Now we know that God’s true church is made up of all those who have yielded to the Lordship of Jesus Christ – not those who’ve made a decision for Christ or asked Him to be their Saviour, but those who have made Him Lord of their lives. They have come under His command. That means that He’s the Boss, and He calls the shots. If you put it in the context of an army, then He is the General, directing and overseeing operations.

2 Timothy 2:4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

I think we sometimes underestimate who this army really is. The army of God is vast and powerful, way beyond anything we can imagine, and we need to realize that we are part of something REALLY BIG.

“Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns”.

KJV says – the Lord God Omnipotent reigns.  Revelation 19:5,6

“Lord”, means supreme authority, “God”, means supreme deity; and Omnipotent means having unlimited power, which gives us some understanding of Who this God is.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a   sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron sceptre.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  Revelation 19:11-16

The language of the Revelation is very spiritual language, not always easy to understand. So the sharp sword coming out of His mouth is not a literal sword, but the Word of God – the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, declares and decrees and creates.

 Geneva Study Bible describes the armies of heaven as:  The company or retinue of Christ, holy, innumerable, heavenly, judicial, royal and pure.  –

Matthew Henry’s Commentary describes – The army which he commands – a very large one, made up of many armies; angels and saints.

When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, he said to the soldiers: “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels“? Matt. 26:53

They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. Rev. 17:14

This is no ordinary army. This army goes into battle with the full knowledge and assurance that the battle has already been won. There’s no question of being defeated. That isn’t possible, because the King of Kings has already won the victory, when He died and rose again destroying the works of the evil one, putting him to an open shame, and taking possession of the keys of death and of hell.

Unfortunately – so many Christians live in fear of the devil and his evil works, instead of trusting in the victory that has already been won.

Now Revelation is talking about the final great war that will be fought between the powers of good and evil, – but we’re in a spiritual battle every day. We are up against humanistic thinking, ungodly people, temptations of the enemy and even the deception of our own hearts. We can deceive ourselves. We can convince ourselves that something is OK, because it appeals to the carnal desires of the flesh, when the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us “stay away. Don’t get involved” – that’s when we need to remember “who’s the Boss” in this army.

Sometimes we act as though we’re the boss. Yes, you have the right to choose how you’ll live your life, but if you’re smart you’ll choose to obey the commanding officer, because He’s the one who has the best plan for your life. He’s the one who’ll protect you and guide you in the best possible way.

The enemy is trapping and tricking so many people, who have no idea what he’s up to. He has more tricks up his sleeve than a magician, and his aim is to get our attention off the Holy Spirit and onto our minds and emotions, and remember, he’s out to rob, kill and destroy. He’s the father of lies, and he’ll gladly tell you a whole lot of truths, just to get you to believe one lie.

I’ve been very concerned lately about the number of Christians who are getting involved in strange ‘healing therapies and remedies’ because they haven’t yet received a healing from God, so they go looking in other places.

Don’t do it! Don’t go after new age remedies. Don’t go after hypnotherapy, which robs your brain of its decision making capacity. Come to the Lord. Press into God. Now I’m not saying don’t go to the doctor. God has given medical science to help us, and we are blessed in this country to have great medical facilities. But I am saying stay away from other therapies that invoke the so-called ‘energy of the universe’, but leave God out of it. If you’re not sure about what you’re getting in to, talk to your pastor, and read what the Word of God says about it.

Do you know people who play mind games? They say one thing, but mean something else, then later accuse you of misunderstanding what they said. They may say something to deliberately provoke a reaction and then accuse you of reacting. They’ll try to manipulate, to get you to do what they want. The devil’s playing mind games with us all the time.

The problem is that his mind games are destructive and even deadly – and he doesn’t care. If he can pull down Christians and make them fearful, or block someone from becoming a Christian,- he is having a great day.

If we want to really take a stand against the enemy’s tactics, we need to stand together. If a soldier went out alone to take on the enemy, he’d be a ‘sitting duck’ – a prime target – yet many Christians do just that. They come to church on Sunday, but the rest of the week they ‘go it alone’. Some don’t even make it to church once a week! It’s dangerous. Once you’re isolated, the enemy can surround you and easily take you captive.

He’s only got to throw a few negative thoughts your way and bingo, he’s got you hooked into thinking that no one really cares – no one understands what you’re going through, so you may as well not bother about going to church. What’s the use anyway?

Or else he’s tempted you to do something you know is not pleasing to God, and then he turns around and condemns you for it.

If you’re going to be a part of God’s mighty army, there are a few things you need besides armour.

  • have a right heart, made clean by the blood of Jesus.
  • submit to the Lordship of Christ, as the Commander in Chief of the army.
  • train yourself and allow yourself to be trained to live by the Word of God.
  • Stand firm when the going gets tough.

Some Christians run when they see the enemy approaching. We need to stand firm but we need to stand together, shoulder to shoulder as it were. If you stand alone in enemy territory, you’re asking for trouble.

The apostle Paul went through many battles in his Christian life. Talking about some false brothers in 2 Cor. 11:23 he says:

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,  I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.  I have laboured and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.  Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

So Paul had it tough. Yet he never gave up or backed down. He never ran away from trouble out of fear, although once he left a city at night because of a warning from the Holy Spirit. At the end he could say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith“. 2 Tim.4:7

The sad truth is that there are many Christians who are knocked down or knocked out in battle. Many become sick or wounded, some never recover. I want to give you some quick keys to stay standing when the battle gets fierce.

  1. Develop a strong relationship with God while you’re in training – that means early in your Christian life. Don’t put it off until you’re on the battlefield.
  2. Build strong friendships amongst God’s people. They’ll help you when the going gets tough.
  3. Learn how to resist the enemy’s attacks, by lifting up your shield of faith, and by

using the Word of God out loud, which will encourage you as you hear it, and will also make the enemy back off. This means you need to get to know your Bible.

  1. IF you do get sick or wounded, make sure you know where to get help. Don’t suffer in silence, because it will end in discouragement. Ask your church leaders or a trusted Christian friend to pray with you, and don’t just leave it at that. If you don’t get the breakthrough you need, then make an appointment with a Pastor, or with a trained Counsellor – and get help. If you still don’t get the breakthrough you need, ask those people to recommend someone else who may be able to help you.

God does not want sick and wounded soldiers in His army, and that doesn’t mean He wants you to leave the army – he wants you to be healed. It may mean medical treatment as well as prayer and counselling, but whatever it takes, determine that you will have your healing.

I know of a church in Brisbane, Australia where for several years in the 1970’s, there was no one sick who did not get healed.

We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Believe for healing, pray for it, persevere, stand firmly on the Word of God, and we’re going to see many mighty miracles, that will amaze us and glorify God, and will bring many needy people into the church and into the Kingdom of God.

If you have experienced a significant healing in your life, please share it in the Comment box, to encourage others.

About The Author

Kerrie Price

I am a grandmother and a recently retired pastor. On my retirement I decided I needed a new interest in life and wanted to supplement my income. I have chosen to use my skills as a Christian Life Coach, and to learn new skills in the field of Internet Marketing, and though I haven't been on the journey very long, it has been a most interesting one. There is a great deal to learn and many wonderful people to meet via the Internet. I am enjoying this new stage of my life, and hope to help others who want to improve their circumstances and make a change for the better.

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