This was originally posted 10/13/2011
It’s time to wake up. We need to stop sleeping, figuratively speaking. We need to stop being complacent.
Joel 3:9-10 (NKJ) – 9 Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ “
Prepare for war!
This is not a game! This is not “life as usual”! Stand up, get up; it’s time to move. It’s time to act. It’s time to occupy. It’s time to exercise dominion. There is an enemy out there, subtle and corrosive. He’s eating away at our lives, our world; our possession. And we’ve been completely content to let him do so for far too long. Prepare for war! It’s time we take back what is ours. It’s time to let him know that we have the power. It’s time to let him know that we have the authority. We are the sons and daughters of the Most High.
Wake up the mighty men.
I don’t care if you think you are mighty or not; for you, this is a prophetic statement. You are a mighty man. You will prevail. But you must stand. You must decide that enough is enough. You must purpose yourself to exercise dominion. Let the weak say “I AM STRONG!”
Let all the men of war come near.
We are all men of war; Spiritual war. Whether we think it or not, we are at war. The moment we said we surrendered our lives to Christ; we took up arms to stand with Him. Gather near, oh men of war, it’s time to do work.
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears!
Take the things you have been given—what you use on a daily basis for some other purpose—and use it to exercise your dominion. Your knowledge, your experience, your expertise, your voice, your influence, your love, your devotion, your praise, your worship; take them all and prepare them for a new use. Prepare for war. You are not going in alone. You are not going in unarmed. You are well prepared for this battle. You’ve just got to remember who it is that you serve. Remember why you submitted to begin with. Remember how awesome He is and why you felt so weak before His present. And know that He is IN you, working THROUGH you even now. If He is with you, who could possible stand against you?
How long will we stand back and do nothing? How long will we sit idle, watching our inheritance being robbed? How long before we yell, “NO! THIS IS MINE! You can’t have it!”? When we can turn the tide and start taking back what is ours? We should be gaining ground, not losing it. When they see us coming, the world should be saying of us, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.”
Is that what they say about us now? What changed? What happened? It was real enough back then to sell everything they had for the cause. It was real enough to forsake family over. It was real enough to die for. When Paul said, “To live is Christ, to die is gain” it wasn’t a foreign thought to his audience. They understood it and lived it themselves. They lived life with purpose and never feared death because they knew what awaited them.
We seem to be content living life with no purpose, completely terrified of death. Christ isn’t honored in our lives because we never really let Him be the Lord of it. We think we do a pretty good job at living, until we face a big problem, then we come running back to Him, wanting Him to pull out some magic wand and fix our problems for us. And we do this with expectation, questioning if He truly is God if He doesn’t operate the way we think He should. That’s not how it works. We say that we want to go to heaven, but don’t want to die to get there.
If our only purpose is heaven, then why have life here on earth?
We were put here for a reason. We were created with purpose. Read Genesis. We were fashioned to exercise dominion. We are far too submissive to the wrong authorities. Jesus told us to “make disciples.” How many have you made? He only made twelve and look at the effect He’s made with that seemingly small investment. Now, imagine if we currently possessed the zeal that the first Christians demonstrated. This is why Jesus said, “These things and greater you will do.”
We fail because we don’t see ourselves as He sees us. We must understand, Jesus WAS the Christ, but now we ARE Christ. That anointing, that calling, that power, that authority, that mandate, that purpose; is now ours. All of it. The same power that raised Christ from the dead now resides IN us.
If people can’t see Christ in us, then we are not dead enough.