February 6, 2010
We are living in a time that requires deliberate action in order to gain positive traction. To aide in this, a shift is taking place in the mindset of Christians. This mindset is a militancy imparted to them by the Spirit of might. The Spirit of Might is the infusion of courage, boldness and faith of Christ that empowers Christians to be strong in the Lord to take territory and occupy it. The Apostle Paul exhorts the Church to “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10). It is this anointing of Christ the conquering King that is shaping the minds and hearts of His people enabling them to live as overcomers in victory from a place of His glory.
The Spirit of might imparts a fierce resolve to those with the Lion heart of God to stand against the forces of darkness to turn the tide of evil. They are fearless to see truth, justice and righteousness prevail. These warriors take action whenever necessary with the resolve to never retreat from the enemies of the Cross. They are willing and ready to fight. They are fierce in their warfare against the Lord’s enemies and pure in their worship and devotion to the Lord.
You can tell if a person has a militant mindset by the way they carry themselves and respond to life. Joshua and Caleb when they returned from spying out the Promise Land said, “We are more than able to take the Land.” But the other 10 spies declared, “We are not able, for there are giants in the land and there are more of them than there are of us!” It is because of the 10 spy’s evil report that the people’s heart became faint due to fear. Because of unbelief they perished in the wilderness. Unfortunately, unbelief and fear is the root of why so many wander today in circles perishing in the wilderness.
While two men saw victory through the eyes of faith, ten men saw from a different perspective- through the eyes of defeat. A militant mindset sees God’s ability to empower them to take the Land as warriors of destiny. Those who view life from their own strength and inability will always fall short of the promise. Our mindset greatly influences the outcome of our battles “For as a man thinks in His heart, so is he” (Pro. 23:7).
Because Joshua and Caleb had a conquering mentality, when they came to the Promise Land they were promoted to the rank of General to lead God’s army. Some of you are called as modern day Joshua’s to help lead and equip an army. There is a new generation emerging that will need mentoring. It will be the old warriors that God has commissioned with a renewed vision and vitality that will get behind the army of youth to push them forward. The ceiling of the Joshua generation is about to become the floor for the new that will help keep a new movement moving.
A Two Edge Sword
The militant mindset shifts from a passive state to that of being proactive and from a defensive stance to that of taking the initiative. Although God’s truth, Spiritual gifts and His divine nature hasn’t changed, the way in which they are used determines their effectiveness and purpose. A person in the military plays a double role, that of a peace keeper and that of a fighting warrior. He is armed with weapons in both situations, but they are used differently according to their purpose.
For instance, the peacemakers of God seek to bring healing and restoration in the body of Christ and rightfully so. But in battle, they shift from ministering healing to implementing the peace of God as a divine weapon of war! They understand that it is the peace of God that crushes Satan under their feet. Their peace comes from the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ. Peace is one of divine weapons of war from the arsenal of heaven that is mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds.
Why is peace so effective? Because the peace of God is an aspect of the divine nature of God that Satan cannot defeat. When God’s divine nature rules in our lives we can wield it either for restoration or as a divine weapon that brings destruction. The Sword of the Lord can cut both ways to accomplish the same results -His!
For example, Christ and His disciples were on the sea in a ship when they were assaulted by a tempest storm that threatened to sink them. The power behind this was demonic to prevent them from “crossing over” as Jesus intended. Jesus was asleep when His disciples awakened Him. With trembling lips they emphatically declared to Him that they were perishing. Jesus quietly stood up and spoke to the sea and simply said, “Peace, be still” and the wind ceased and the sea was calm (Mark 4:39).
Jesus spoke only three words directed to the sea (not Satan) that broke the power of the enemy. When Jesus came to this earth, He brought heaven with Him demonstrating that the divine nature of God and the Spiritual realm rules! Jesus released peace because He is peace. When He spoke it was with authority and nature obeyed Him. It was this peace that overruled the power of the tempest storm that Satan launched against them.
Jesus slept in the boat in the midst of the storm because peace ruled in His world. When He addressed the disciple asking them, “How is it that you are so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? (Mark 4:40), He was conveying the message that they had been given the same authority to speak to obtain the same results while He was sleeping. The scripture declares that the Kingdom of God is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within you and greater works will you do!
When the peace of God rules in your heart, you too can sleep well in any situation and speak with authority to displace demonic powers. What rules in you has the power to influence the circumstances around you. In every area of life where the divine nature of Christ reigns in you, lies the authority to minister His nature through you, or to wield it as a weapon of war. The onramp that imparts a militant mindset is the faith to know that “He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.”
A Soldiers Mentality
Christians with a militant mindset are disciplined and focused with a sense of devotion to duty. They are usually organized, deliberate and methodical in carrying out their assignments. This is something I learned while in the Marine Corps. While civilians are more or less free to pursue a lifestyle to obtain a better quality of life, a soldier is not his own. He walks with a sense of purpose, duty and destiny with a mentality is to do all things for the sake of his country. Likewise, Christian soldiers are called to do all things for the sake of the gospel with a devotion to Christ their King,
No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life: that he may please Him that has chosen him to be a soldier (2 Timothy 2:4).
The mentality of a soldier is to overcome and prevail. Retreat is not an option. We cannot just lessen the strength of demonic strongholds, but completely destroy them. It is written, “For this cause was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). There is no tolerable level of oppression or opposition. Complacency and lukewarmness leads to casualties of war.
God has a plan and now is the time to establish a new strategy. A soldier fights to defend and to preserve their nation. Their call is to war for it is in their DNA to go to battle and route out the enemy and to destroy strongholds, combat terrorism and infiltrate the enemy’s camp to open prison doors and set the captives free. The Lord admonishes them,
See, I have this day set you over the Kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build and to plant (Jer. 1: 10).
I have seen too many disillusioned warriors immobilized by a religious spirit that tried to domesticate them. One cannot control the zeal and passion of a warrior by asking them to submit to authority and expect them to sit quietly in the pew while giving them something meager to do.
Warriors have been given the heart of the Lion with the call to roar in battle, not meow like a kitten for food in the kitchen. You cannot give these people water pistols and tell them to have fun, or join in social activities and games that are labeled anointed ministry. What they need are battles with real weapons yielded in the face of their adversary with a defiance look proclaiming, “Go ahead – make my day!”
What is that sound that I hear? It sounds like the cadence of an army marching in rhythm with the heartbeat of God! What is this spirit that rises up from within me at the sound of battle? What is this anointing that floods my entire being that empowers me with a newfound zeal? What is this power that I feel that enables me to declare as Kind David did, “By my God I can bend a bow of bronze!” (Psalms 18:34). It is the Spirit of might.
When Jesus declared to His disciples that all power and authority has been given to him in heaven and earth, He was stating, “Now I give it to you.” Jesus has risen and now sits at the right hand of God,
Far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (22) And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him (the Father) to be the head over all things. (23) Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all (Eph. 1:21-23).
The Church has been called to sit in heavenly places to rule and reign as joint heirs with Jesus. Friends, it time to put on the armor of the light of Christ and fight the good fight! If you have never received the Spirit of might that strengthen the inner man, I would like to pray for this impartation to be given to you from the Lord,
Heavenly Father, we pray for an impartation of the Spirit of might that we may be strengthened in the inner man, to embrace a militant mentality as a soldier of the cross for “Thy Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. ” I pray the prayer of the Apostle Paul, who said,
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (15) Of whom the whole family of heaven and earth is named, (16) That He would grant to you, according to the riches of His gory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man (Eph. 3:14-16).
In the glorious name of Jesus, Amen,