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Traits of Valor Part 4

We are living in the days that require some of the greatest displays of courage, endurance and steadfast devotion to Christ since Biblical times. While it seems that the powers that exist are succeeding in building their strongholds of deception and corruption in every nation and culture, Kingdom Warriors are now gathering to take their stand against these demonic forces from hell.

These knights of Christ are building their strongholds based on God’s love, His truth, and Biblical principles. They are unwavering in their stand against the forces of darkness to push back the tide of evil. To prevail in today’s spiritual battles require the same discipline, resolve and valor that the heroic men and women displayed by their deeds throughout Biblical history. Let’s look as some Biblical examples.

It was because of the heroic move by Queen Ester to take action against Haman’s plot to kill the Jews that saved them from being slaughtered. Because Mordecai, a Jew, refused to bow before Haman, out of rage he convinced the King that the Jews were their enemies and needed to be cleansed from the land. The King, who didn’t know that his beloved Queen was also a Jew, issued a death warrant that all Jews, both old and young, women and children,  were to be slaughtered on a designated day.

Hearing this news, Queen Ester came before the King to make a petition. Her beauty so pleased him that he promised to grant her request.  She informs the King that she is also a Jew and because of his edict, that she too will be killed! The plot of Haman is uncovered and the King, in his anger, had Haman hung. The King then issued another edict that the Jews were to arm themselves and that if any should lay a hand upon them, the Jews were to defend themselves. This brought great fear upon the land. Thus, instead of the enemies of the Jews executing power over them, the tide was turned and the Jews ruled over those that hated them. (Ester chapters 5-9)

The Lord is not constrained to deliver by many or by few. Throughout Scripture we read the astonishing account of armies that consisted of a small band of brave souls that fought and prevailed against a fierce powerful enemy that far outnumbered them. Against impossible odds, they displayed extraordinary courage even chasing the pride of the enemy’s best troops as they fled in defeat for the cover of safety.

Those of valor display extraordinary courage for a cause to deliver people from the clutches of terrorism, oppression and slavery. Because of their love for Christ and His people, they gladly lay their lives down. Such is the heart of the Kingdom Warrior.

Gideon’s Army

Every year the Midianites and the Amalekites came into the land of Israel with their sheep, camels and cattle to destroy the increase of their labors. They especially invaded Israel to plunder the people during the harvest season. Fearing for their lives, the Israelites lived in caves in the mountains. The land of Israel, rich in natural resources and agriculture, fell into a state poverty due to the enemy plundering their means of welfare and prosperity.  (Satan comes to rob, steal and destroy)

To free His people from this oppression, God chose Gideon. Gideon was threshing wheat by the winepress to hide from the Midianites when the Lord appeared to Him. He addressed Gideon by proclaiming, “The Lord is with you mighty man of valor.”

Now Gideon didn’t see himself as a mighty man of valor. But out of concern for his nation he promptly notified the Lord that Israel was oppressed by their enemies. He then asked “Why has God forsaken Israel? The Lord replied, “Go in this Might” and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites, have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14)

In other words, “Gideon, if you will go in the commission I have ordained, you will be empowered to free Israel from the hand of your enemies!” After Gideon asked for a sign, fire came out of a rock that consumed Gideon’s sacrifice of cakes and goat flesh. This miracle forced Gideon to accept the challenge of his call.  He gathers the armies of Israel and through a process of selection; the Lord reduces the army of 32,000 men to a mere 300 to war against the great host of Midianites. To the astonishment of Israel, this elite force defeated them, not with weapons of mass destruction or the use of modern technology, but with mere trumpets, lamps and pots of clay. (Judges Chapter 6-7)


The Joshua Company

At the age of 85, Joshua as the newly appointed general led the army of Israel into the Promise Land. Here they fought and prevailed against the armies of numerous nations, fortified cities and giants. No force could stand against them as they marched in victory under the command of the Captain of the Lord’s Hosts. Through the conquest of Canaan, the land was divided between the twelve tribes.

Likewise, there is a generation of youth determined not to waste their time wandering around in the wilderness as their forefathers did. It is in their DNA as warriors of destiny to fight the good fight and minister with Kingdom authority to take the land and occupy it in the power of the Spirit.

They seek to vanquish the enemies of the Cross by their love, Gods truth and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  God has chosen the Joshua’s and Caleb’s to lead them. If you are an elder the Lord may be re-firing you with a fresh anointing to help lead them.


The Heart of David

One of the most prominent figures in biblical history is King David. As a young lad he showed great courage when he killed a lion and a bear as a protector of his sheep. He became the champion of Israel when he brought down Goliath with one stone from a slingshot and went on to slay thousands of Israel’s enemies, especially the Philistines.

While fleeing from King Saul, David with a small band of mighty men performed extraordinary feats of strength. Later as a worshipping warrior, King David became a general conducting his military campaigns with great success.

Like David, there are Kingdom warriors today with the passion to dance and worship as lovers of God, making declarations with prophetic acts of intercession. Singing a new song these musicians, praise dancers and singers with the heart of David love to engage in warfare through the ministry of worship and praise.  And like David, they inquire at the gates of heaven to receive from the heart of the Father divine strategies, wisdom and counsel to rule at the gates on earth as Kings and Priest.


The Rod of Moses

When Israel was oppressed by her enemies or fell into sin and debauchery, the Lord would raise up a deliverer. In the life of Moses, it was at the burning bush that God declared “I am now come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…to bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). By this scripture we can define the nature of deliverance as the ministry to deliver people up out of bondage to bring them into something much greater – their inheritance in Christ.

Moses was wanted by the Egyptians for murder. Living in the wilderness as a shepherd running from the law, God called him to go to Pharaoh and declare let My people go. “ Moses was forewarned by God that He would deliberately harden Pharaohs heart to display His signs and wonders before the nation of Egypt.  (Exodus 7:1)  Armed with only a wooden rod- a shepherds staff,  at the age of 80 Moses confronted the world’s most powerful king – Pharaoh.

In a fierce battle between light and darkness, God demonstrated His power is far superior than any demonic force. At the first confrontation, Aaron threw his rod down at Pharaoh’s feet and it turned into a serpent.  Pharaoh’s response was to call for the best sorcerers and magicians of Egypt. They cast down their rods and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed them all!

Following this was a series of plagues.  First, the rivers, ponds, streams and lakes turned red as blood which cut off the people’s fresh water supply. Then the land was covered with frogs followed by a plague of lice and a swarm of flies and still Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go.

The hand of the Lord then caused the cattle, horses, camels, and oxen to perish, which basically cut off of Egypt’s meat supply.  Then Lord sent thunder and fire with a hail storm. The hail stones were so large that it destroyed their crops. This was followed by a plague of locus that ate the residue of crops that lay on the ground, the fruit and every herb of the land. Now the fruit, grain and vegetables of Egypt were destroyed.

As demonic forces swirled around Moses and Aaron, the presence of God kept them centered in His peace.  It was not until the Lord sent the angle of death that took Pharaohs first born son that he relented and let the people of God go. Then his armies pursued them and God paved the way for Israel by miraculously parting the waters of the Red Sea that enabled them to cross over.

Prophetically speaking, Egypt represents the world and Pharaoh Satan. Many have received a burning bush experience with the fire of God burning in their heart to set the captives free. As He did for Moses, the Lord still works His mighty power to demonstrate with signs and wonders on behalf of His people that He is the Lord God. And like Moses, the Lord is still calling for those that will confront demonic forces in the world to declare, “Let My people go that they may serve Me.” These are the true champions of valor called as delivers of God’s people.


Christ the Warrior King

And of course, the greatest warrior of all time is the Lord Jesus Christ, who came as a humble servant to demonstrate that the heart of the Father is to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and set the captives free.  Especially to restore mankind back to God for fellowship and intimacy as recipients of God’s love.

Jesus turned the water into wine and walked on water. Through supernatural means, He demonstrated that the Kingdom of God is far superior to any Kingdom on earth. As God incarnate, He taught and demonstrated that mankind was created in God’s image and likeness to do the works that He did by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said,

And as you go preach the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely you have received, freely give (Mt. 10:6-7)

Jesus made an open display of God’s grace upon the cross before His enemies. If they had known that His sacrifice became the very power to set people free, Satan would not have prompted his accusers to crucify Him. As the sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus breaking the power of sin that we may have eternal life to rule and reign with Him.


The Lord Will Raise a Standard

Because of the battles that rage within the Church and the demonic forces launched at the Church, she has become tired and weary.  Conflicts within the Church have weakened the bride of Christ to the point where she is more vulnerable than ever to the onslaught of the enemy. Although many Churches are doing a great work impacting their region for Christ, many Christians are badly bruised, battered and wounded.

The Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard that will prevail, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).

The Lord is mobilizing an army and He will lead it. An army with the resolve to stand against the forces of evil and proclaim by the Spirit of the Lord, “Let My people go!”  Just as God was with Moses when He sent him to Pharaoh, the Lord works with those that He sends forth confirming His Word with signs following. (Mark 16:20)

Many are responding to the trumpet call to stand “as one” despite the petty differences, strife and divisions of the church and the spiritual wars that surround them.  The Lord has a remnant bound together by a common faith that transcends denominational barriers and differences.  Their loyally is to the King to serve His purposes. A spiritual task force that will raid the enemies camp to set people free from the grips of terrorism and the bondage that hold so many captive to sin, immorality and the doctrines of men. A remnant few, like Gideon, that dare to venture forward in faith at the Word of the Lord to do mighty exploits.

These are the true knights that vow to never retreat before the enemies of the cross.  Being wise as serpents and harmless as doves, they walk in love unwavering in Christ to stand against the darkness of the times. They are the brave, the courageous and the fearless soldiers of valor anointed for war called to destroy the works of the devil,  “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before you, and shall say, “Destroy!” (Deut. 33:27)

“The Lord will go forth like a warrior; He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes; He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies (Is. 42:13).

You will find these warriors of valor in every ministry, denomination and community.  You will know them by their fire and passion for Jesus. Some try to hide behind the cloak of humility, but the fire in their eyes betray them. They may even be in your church. You may even be one of them called to serve as a warrior of destiny.

Arise and Shine

To the world’s astonishment, the Lord will display His glory through His Church in power with Kingdom authority. The Holy Spirit is about to move upon the earth once again as He did in the beginning. Out of the darkness, chaos and confusion that is increasing on the earth, the Lord will bring forth a new and glorious creation.

The Spirit of the Lord will move through the ordinary members of the Church to accomplish this, thus demonstrating that the Kingdom of God is greater than the power of Satan. The signs and wonders of the Old Testament and the New Testament will be witnessed by the world that will be in awe of the all encompassing power of our risen savior – the Lord Jesus Christ. As I have so often quoted, now is the time to,

Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon you and His glory shall be seen upon you (Is. 60:1-2).

Darkness is increasing upon the earth but as the above scripture proclaims, as darkness increases the light of God will shine even brighter. We know that the light of Christ is infinitely far greater than the power of darkness. God is the same yesterday, today and forever more.

In His heart and love,

 

Roy Roden



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