“4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people [are] yet [too] many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, [that] of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. 6 And the number of them that lapped, [putting] their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.”
Brothers and Sisters are you Truly a Soldier Ready To Fight? In the Scriptures above Gideon had ask The Father What he should do to Fight against the Midianites for The Father said there were too many to go into Battle. So The Father said He would Reveal Whom To Send and Whom Not To Send, the Test The Father used is one of Readiness To Fight, those Who Were Ready To Fight.
The Difference between the two sets of men, was this, the ones who Brought The Water To Their Mouths were Ready For Any Given Moment To Defend, because they still Watched, because they still Had Their Weapon In Hand. The other men, laid their weapons on the ground and bending their bodies to the water to drink, were Not Ready For Any Given Moment To Defend. These men that Bowed on their knees to drink would in fact be a Hindrance to the Army that must face The Enemy To Defend All Of The Camp, they were Not Ready.
Now, the one thing that Must be done is that Every One Followed Orders, They Were Obedient To The Word Of The Father in Every Aspect in order to Defeat The Enemy.
The Father had a Great Number of Men for Battle, but not All Men were Ready for Battle…
“2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that [are] with thee [are] too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever [is] fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people [are] yet [too] many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, [that] of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.”
The Father Separated the Prideful, the Arrogant from The True Army Of God, God The Father wanted All Of The Credit in defeating the Enemy, so is it likewise for us. Understand this, it was not easy for Gideon, in fact he had to Try The Father three different ways, three different times because of a Lack Of Faith. All because there was a Great Army, a Great Enemy that had been Stealing, Destroying the Fruits Of Israel. So Gideon did what He Knew to do in The Flesh, he sent word to his fellow Brothers spread about to send their Mighty Warriors. So the Count to start with was more than 32,000 men, it was narrowed to 10,000 and The Father said it was too many. Then it was narrowed to 300 hundred Faithful Men.
These 300 Hundred Men know How To Follow Orders even Unto Death if need be.
Jesus said that in order for us to be His Faithful Followers, that we Must Give Up Our Lives To Serve Him…
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
Now, how can You be a Part Of the True Army Of Jesus? You Must Believe The Whole Word, The Whole Bible. You Must Believe That The Godhead Exists, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. You Must … Walk In Obedience To the Written Word and to The Godhead.
There are a few things against you today, that make it more difficult to do, but, it still can be done! Besides having so many “Translations”, so many “Denominations, so many “Doctrines”, there is what lies in the Heart, the Mind, Your Strength that is worse then these. In Today’s Society there is No Fear, there is No True Repentance, there is No True Obedience.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
“But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”
This means that Your Life; Demonstrates, Reflects, and Bears Fruit that Jesus IS Within You and Through You. This also means that when we do not do the things of God, then we Repent Immediately or as soon as we can, recognizing that We Are Not Doing, Not Obeying The Spirit or The Word Of God In LIFE!
“15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. … 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Jhn 14:15, 23
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
Now there are many that would argue the point, but see there is one of the issues as well. Scripture tells us that in the Latter Days that Men will seek those of a Like Mind and with those he will Choose what Comforts Their Flesh.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Another area that Must Be in the True Army Of God is that they KNOW Who The Enemy Is. That they are Aware of His Strengths, Capabilities and Deceptions. Some have been Taught that Satan is Bound in a pit, that he is doing no harm. Some of been Taught that because Jesus, Our Lord, defeated him that there is nothing for us to do but enjoy the ride of freedom. Some have been Taught that Satan is just a myth that he really does not exist. Some have been Taught that Satan cannot do anything to us who are Born Again…by such things are the Children Of God Defeated!
Scriptures tell us that Satan does Exist, that he Has Power, that he Has Authority and that he will Do Anything to Destroy The Things Of God.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”
“11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
“8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
In order for Us to be The True Army Of God then We MUST Follow The Rules, We MUST be Obedient, We MUST Walk a Daily Life Of Repentance meaning when we do not do what is Right According to The Spirit and The Word, then WE MUST REPENT!!! This means in this Order. To God First, then to Whom Ever Your Disobedience Has Caused Harm, either by The Spirit, or by The Flesh.
Brothers and Sisters you “Say You Are In The Army Of God”, but Your Mouth, Your Actions, Your Spirit DO NOT CONFESS that you are! All Three Must be in Agreement with The Word Of God and His Spirit if it is not, then You Must Repent!
“9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”
“23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.”
Now, let me explain… a Sin, an Offense, a Stumbling Block can all be in the Same Thing. If The Word tells me to do something and I Choose Not To, then it is a Sin and if a Brother or Sister See or Know of What You Have Done, then to Some it becomes a Offense and can be a Stumbling Block to those who do not Understand.
Example: Children: the Scriptures say to Obey Your Parents, there is no Negotiation Here, it says Children Obey Your Parents IN ALL THINGS…
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”
“Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”
If you do not then IT IS SIN, if another Child Knows that you are a Christian and that you Argue with your Parents then have you Created An Offense to Their Parents and a Stumbling Block for that child!
Husbands if the Scripture says to Love Your Wife and that she is the Weaker Vessel and that You Are The Head…
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”
If you do not then IT IS SIN, if another Husband Knows that you are a Christian and that you Honor Not Your Wife, then You have caused and Offense Within Their Home and a Stumbling Block to all that is within!
Wives if the Scriptures say that Your Husband is The Head Of You and that You Are To Obey Him Equally As Unto Jesus…
“22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. … 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.”
Eph 5:22, 24
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.”
If you do not then IT IS SIN, if another Wife Knows that you are a Christian and that you do not Obey and Honor Your Husband, then You have caused an Offense within Their Home and a Stumbling Block to all that is within!
Husbands and Wives if the Scripture says that you are not to Deny Sexual Activities…
“3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”
“Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
If it is within your Power to have Sexual Activities then do so on a regular basis. If you do not then it is a SIN, if the Husband with holds from the Wife or the Wife with holds from the Husband then an Offense, a Rift has been caused and the Stumbling Block can occur. This is one of the reason Divorce is so wide spread within The House Of God, this is one of the reasons Adultery has happened.
Brothers and Sisters, if we are to be the True Army Of God then we must not Alter The Word but do everything in our power to Fulfill The Word. Measure this within Your Own Words…if I say “My Church…” then Who Is Jesus? Does the Scripture say that Jesus Is The Head. If You Say “Our Doctrine Believes…” is Jesus Not The Living Word, does not the Scripture say that there is One Word, One Spirit, One Body, the Why are You Divided?
The True Army Of God sees Only One Word, One Spirit, One God, they do not see Multiple church’s but One Church and it is in those Who Are Obedient To The One Word, One Spirit and One God do They Walk In!
When I married my wife she was of a different Denomination then I was and because of that I considered Not To Marry her. One day Jesus spoke to me by The Holy Spirit a Question. He said what does it take to be Saved? My immediate reply was to Believe that Jesus Is The Son Of God, That His Blood Was Shed To Save All Those Who Confessed…
“9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
The Lord said, “Then WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?”. I had to Repent because the Problem was Within My Flesh, it was not The Word, it was not The Spirit, it WAS MY FLESH! It was because of What I Was Taught Wrongly, that is One Word, One Spirit, One God, One Savior Jesus!
The True Army Of God?
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!!!
Amen and Amen!!!