Warrior guide on spiritual warfare. Gideon was a mighty warrior. Gideon became a discouraged warrior. Gideon was a doubting warrior yet an enabled warrior.
A PREPARED ARMY
Previously.. God wants his children – the army of God – to prepare for war and do battle against the kingdom of darkness.
“Proclaim this among the nation: PREPARE FOR WAR!” Joel 3:9.
Gideon was a mighty warrior. We can learn from Gideon and find our place in the army of God!
POSITIONS IN THE ARMY OF THE LORD
1.1 COMMANDER OF THE ARMY
The Spirit of the Lord is our Commander.
“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither, ” he replied, “But AS COMMANDER OF THE ARMY of the Lord I have now come.”
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
When you read that familiar verse you come to the conclusion that the enemy comes in like a flood. But, in the Hebrew there is no comma after the word `flood’. Actually it says that when the enemy comes in “like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” This indicates that with Gods power victory is assured every time!
FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE ARMY OF GOD
God has a certain role for you to play in His army.
Charles Swindoll graphically illustrates the point.
There were four animals training for the army. The activities in the training curriculum were running, climbing, swimming and flying.
THE DUCK: was excellent in swimming, in fact better than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying, and was very poor in running. This caused his webbed feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that ‑ except the duck.
THE RABBIT: started at the top of the class in running; but developed a nervous twitch in his muscles because of so much work in swimming.
THE SQUIRREL: was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying because his teacher made him start from the ground up, instead of from the treetop down, he developed `charlies horses’ from over exertion, and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running.
THE EAGLE: was a problem and was severely disciplined for being a non‑conformist. In climbing he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there…
The obvious moral of the story is a simple one ‑ each creature has its own set of capabilities in which it naturally excels. What is true of the creatures in the forest is true of Christians in training for the army of the Lord.
What positions are there in the army of the Lord?
1.2 ADVISORS IN THE ARMY OF GOD
Advisers arouse the army.
“Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.” “She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: `Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor.I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.'”
There is a need for prophetic voices in the nation to listen to what God wants us to do.
1.3 TRUMPET BLOWERS IN THE ARMY OF GOD
The trumpet blowers gather the people together for the army.
“Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew the trumpet , summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.
He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms…”
There is a need for anointed motivators in the army of the Lord.
1.4 INSTRUCTORS IN THE ARMY OF GOD
Instructors encourage and train the army.
The priests in the Old Testament made sure that the soldiers were prepared for battle.
“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go to battle, THE PRIEST shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
1.5 OFFICERS IN THE ARMY
Officers organize and lead the army.
Can you identify with Gideon, who was called to lead an army?
GOD CALLED GIDEON A MIGHTY WARRIOR
“The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
GIDEON WAS A DISCOURAGED WARRIOR
“But Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt? But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”
GIDEON WAS A DOUBTING WARRIOR
“But Lord,” Gideon asked, ” how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
GOD’S WARRIOR WAS CHOSEN
“The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
GOD’S SERVANT WAS ENABLED
“The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down the Midianites as if they were but one man.” “The Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon”.
If God is calling you to be an officer in His army, He will empower you for the task.
1 Thessalonians 5:24.
“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
GOD’S INSTRUMENT RECEIVED GUIDANCE
The Lord will tell the officer in the army ‑ what to do.
“That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this bluff. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.”
The Lord will tell the officer in the army – who is to go.
“The Lord said to Gideon, “You are too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands…Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead… There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, `This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go. So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongue like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.”
The Lord will tell the officer in the army ‑ when to go.
“During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get Up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands”. “Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend a dream.”
God’s timing is always perfect!
The Lord will tell the officer in the army ‑ where to go.
“The Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.”
The Lord will tell the officer in the army ‑ when to attack.
“When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped God. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianites camp into your hands.”
The Lord will tell the officer in the army ‑ how to attack.
“Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, `For the Lord and for Gideon.'”
The Lord will tell the officer in the army ‑ when to withdraw from the battle.
“They pursued the Midianites and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.”
1.6 SPIES IN THE ARMY OF GOD
Spies gather information for the army.
a) To see or hear, in the natural, the enemy’s tactics.
“During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying.”
b) To see or hear, in the spirit, the enemy’s tactics.
Hearing from God.
Speaking of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:9-10:
“The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there”. So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.”
Seeing in the Spirit realm.
Again speaking of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:15-18:
“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my Lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servants eyes, and looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Elisha had Elijah’s anointing and God has promised to send the same anointing before He returns.
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.”
This has been a warrior guide on spiritual warfare. You learnt that Gideon was a mighty warrior. Gideon became a discouraged warrior. Gideon was a doubting warrior yet was an enabled warrior.
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