Prepared for Battle
By Pastor J.D. Link
2Ch 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Though this was spoken to Solomon by God in the Old Testament, the principle remains in the New Testament. How do we know this? “If My people, who are called by My name” (2Tim 2:19); “Shall humble themselves” (Jam 4:9-10, 1Pt 5:5, Col 3:12); “and pray” (1Thess 5:17, Eph 6:18); “and seek my face” (Mt 6:33, Heb 11:6); “and turn from their wicked ways” (2Cor 7:9); “then will I hear from heaven” (1Pt 3:12); “and forgive their sins” (1Jn 1:9); “and heal their land” (1Tim 2:1-2).
As we celebrate our independence from Great Britainn in 1776 this 4th of July, may we acknowledge our total dependence on God as our Founding Fathers did. They prayed during the Revolution; they prayed during the Constitutional Convention; they made presidential prayer proclamations – solemn assemblies to humble themselves, kneel in prayer and seek God’s blessing and direction. Many presidents followed in their footsteps. We live blessed today, only because of God’s favor and blessing. Remove that, and we are nothing. We live off of what our Forefathers have sown. If we do not sow the same, our children and grandchildren will not enjoy the same blessings.
Judgment comes in two forms, and they are very different. The righteous are not judged with the wicked (Gen 18:25). The wicked are judged with destruction, while the righteous are chastised. Chastisement is child-training or discipline. The judgment of Believers is to convict and draw back to the Father. It is done in love and for our good. Judgement begins at the house of God (1Pt 4:17); and God is getting His house in order. If we (His children) want to avoid this judgment, we need to judge ourselves (1Cor 11:31). If we’ll live transparent and honest before God, and get real with Him in humility; confession and repentance – then we’ll be free; at peace; happy and safe.
Jesus is coming back for a pure and spotless bride, who are to be occupying this earth in the full armor of God as Spirit-filled soldiers of the cross when He returns (Lk 19:13, Eph 5:18, 6:10-18, 2Tim 2:3-4). We cannot do this if we’re apathetic, indifferent, lazy, out-of-shape, hard-hearted, insensitive to God’s voice and entangled in worldliness and sin. If we want to be used mightily of God in these last days, we must be usable. We must be active in prayer, Bible study, service, witness, etc. This isn’t working for salvation; this is working because we’re saved (1Cor 15:10, 58). This is being a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.
God knows what we’re exposed to. God knows it is not easy to live upright in this wicked world. That’s why He says “Fight the good fight of faith”. He knows we get weary, and that’s why He said, “Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you’ll reap a harvest if you faint not.” He wants us to persevere; He’s helping us to persevere; and by-golly we’re going to persevere! Our job is to yield to Him; His will; His Word; His Spirit. We must not let Satan sideline us through deception. God’s power is available to us. We need to use it.
Restoration in our nation will never be through politics. I’m not saying God can’t use politicians or government to accomplish certain things; but the prescription God set forth for healing a land is HIS PEOPLE humbling themselves; praying; seeking His face and turning from sin. If we’re not praying, we’re playing and straying. Some of God’s people are daily living this Spirit-filled disciple life. Praise God, keep on keeping on! However, some of us are not. For those of us who aren’t, we need to get our house in order (Rev 3:19). Spiritual battles are coming – and are here – that we must be prepared for. As they say in baseball, let us not be “caught looking”. As children of light, may we be watchful, alert, vigilant, prepared and ready. Selah.