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God is calling for a united army: are you ready? Part 2 of 2

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A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today’s message serves as the conclusion to yesterday’s contribution by our guest columnist and my Honey Bee, Zalihta Pegeese.

“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, ‘Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will crossover this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” - Joshua 1:10-11

We left off yesterday with the question “are we now ready for the battle?” The answer: not quite. When countries go to war, an army is formed because where there are more people, there is more power. However, we have to be in our rightful position or there will be disorder; thus, failure to conquer what is ahead to possess.

“God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy” (1 Corinthians 12: 24-26 CEV).

Naturally, a body is not a body without all its parts. As such, an army cannot be an army with just one person. There is a unified people, working in their specific specialties, that helps the army operate in order and in hopes of being successful (on the winning side).

If I cannot shoot a gun, then that is probably not where I would be placed. Just like the body of Christ, we have our gifting given to us by God that makes up the whole body of Christ. However, we should not feel that “our part” is any less important than another. God knows what He is doing. You are where you are supposed to be. You are important and relevant! I hope this encourages you to not hold back from doing your part in the body of Christ just because you feel less than. Don’t hold up the body of Christ from accomplishing what God has sent His Church to accomplish. Or worse, God will assign your duty to someone else.

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3 NKJ).

“Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body. First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But He also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone is an apostle. Not everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone can work miracles. Not everyone can heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages mean. I want you to desire the best gifts. So I will show you a much better way” (1 Corinthians 12: 27-31 CEV).

To explain this, God showed me the marching formation we were in during boot camp. At that time, I just thought we were marching but never realized the importance of it until now. Timing, positioning and unity were very important. There was a girl who sang cadence. She was positioned on the side of the formation toward the front, facing the front. She was the one who helped us to march in order and in unison by giving us the direction of our feet, singing out “left” and “right.” She had to be extremely loud so that her voice would carry backward to the others in the formation who were behind. Obviously, someone with a quiet voice could not do that job, or else there would be no unison or order because no one would be able to hear that person. So our commanding officers knew to position her there. If even one person in the formation was off, it would be very noticeable.

I had the position called “guidon.” This position held our company flag announcing who we were, and I was positioned in the front of the entire formation. My job was to jerk my flag in an upward motion when it was time to either turn left, right, or stop. Now the timing was very important because I had to know precisely when to jerk my flag, give the command to turn, and then turn perfectly on the edge of the sidewalk. If I was too soon, then we would end up turning on the grass (which was a big no, no!); or if I was too late, then we would end up on the other side of the sidewalk in the way of other companies coming in the opposite direction. If either happened, then the entire formation would have to scramble back to order, and not to mention, I would get in trouble by the Company Commander.

I only mentioned two positions; but we all were responsible for each other, looking out for one another, working in unity, trusting each other because of the skills and gifting we have.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NKJ).

Paul is talking about the law of love. This kind of love comes from a changed heart, crossing over from being selfish, to becoming selfless. A heart that says, “this war is not about me, and can’t be won by me alone. I’d rather have my brothers and sisters by my side. I am doing this because I love those that I am protecting because they belong to God.” Your life is now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3 NKJ).

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NKJ).

Family, we can’t forget about our adversary. Unity in the body is critically important so that we can look out for one another. I know Matthew talks a lot about having someone to look after our blind spots. If you are looking to the right, who will be watching out for someone to attack you from the left? The bible says “Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack” (1 Peter 5:8 CEV).

In our marching formation during boot camp, the commanding officers would occasionally walk up and down the sides just to irritate and distract us when our ears should be focused on the voice of the one giving direction, and our eyes focused on our company banner. The commanding officers were sometimes successful to distract a few. These individuals would get pulled out of the formation, have to do pushups, then catch up with the rest of the formation and get back into position. Now isn’t that just like the devil?!

The voice singing “left” and “right” is like Holy Spirit, our compass or GPS, keeping us in unity with the Lord. The “guidon” is like Jesus, our Banner of Truth, leading us on the path of righteousness, and never allowing us to fall off the path because He is making them straight.

When we are in Christ, no matter where we go, our demeanor announces who we are. There is a spiritual light that shines and comes forth by our obedient and unwavering stance, even in the midst of adversity. After having our hearts prepared for battle, crossing out of the old into the new, united with our sisters and brothers, we are now ready to follow the Lamb wherever He goes.

“The Lord will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal, with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies” (Isaiah 42:13 NIV).

Can you hear His call, family? Or are you distracted by every wind that comes your way? Will you not just be willing but READY when He calls you to come up and join His army?

Father, thank You that You are leading us in a triumphal procession. Thank You that we are not wandering today because You are leading us. We are grateful Lord that no weapons formed against us can prosper, and the gates of hell will never prevail against Your church. You are faithful, and there is nothing impossible for those who are in Christ Jesus. We call for Your Will to be done in our lives, and we submit to Your Will. We acknowledge Your Lordship over us and every area in our lives. We trust You Lord, that You will never lead us into temptation, but will always deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13) because You are faithful! In Jesus Name, we thank You for the victory! Amen and Amen!

Take action! Challenge your thinking! I challenge you, family, to allow God to circumcise your heart today. Do not let pride talk you out of the special position God has specifically for you. I challenge you to let go of your own agenda and understanding today, and to walk in the fullness of Who God is. Get out of the boat like Peter did and walk toward the One Who loves you with an everlasting love, and the very One Who will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). And continue to fight the good fight of possessing the land the Lord has given to you; for God, Your Promised Land, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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