Beat plowshares in swords

soldiers-1002_640Joel 3:10: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”

That is change. A change is coming to you, coming to the church. What you have been using to till the ground (for self-satisfaction) will become something to take territories for the King’s (Christ) satisfaction.

The church will wake up from focus on what to eat drink to the matters of the eternal relevance, kingdom relevance and conquer more territories for God. The warriors are rising.

The farmer in the traditional sense farms for himself and his household, and whatever he sells from the surplus is for his upkeep. But that is far from what the warrior does. He fights for the king. It is illegal to raise the sword against your neighbour, but when it is to take territories (in the olden days), then it is in order.

The farmer mindset is different from the warrior mindset. The farmer can wait for result, allowing the natural process of things, a warrior can go and capture territories and the goods in that place automatically become his.

For the warrior there is the need for constant practice to always be ready, to be battle ready all the time and strategy must constantly evolve. But for the farmer he only has to repeat the farming practices laid down for him by his forefathers, especially the way it is practiced in the time the focus verse was written. That is the difference in the farmer church or warrior church.

The warrior has to be on guard against the enemy. Paul says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and power (Ephesians 6:10-18). He said in another place that we should not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy lest he takes advantage of us (2Corinthians 2:11). When God sent out spies into the land of Canaan, it was because of the need to gather information concerning the enemy, so that the Israelites could be better prepared (Deuteronomy 1:22).

And when the Jericho was to be conquered, spies were sent to give a true picture of things (Joshua 2:1). For the warrior, the less surprise you will have in the day of the battle the better. With prior information, your strategy can be better.

A warrior is not just concerned about his own tactics, he is also concerned about the strategy of the enemy. The Holy Spirit is with us are the spy in the camp of the enemy, everything is open to him, even the thoughts in the darkened heart of the devil.

The Holy Spirit working in the life of Prophet Elisha (2Kings 6:7-13), he was enabled to know what the king of Syria was planning against Israel many times.

The Holy Spirit is our ultimate strategist and spy. We do not have to fear the enemy. Why should light fear darkness? Why should God fear Satan? Why should the created fear the created? We are with God and we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.

We are impregnable because God is. Our life, including everything that has to do with us is hid in Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world (1John 4:4).

We should constantly recourse to the Holy Spirit. That is a call to be sensitive to him. David asked God for direction and was given not only what to do but assured of victory before the war begun.

For the warrior discipline is important. To Timothy Paul wrote that a soldier does not entangle himself with the affairs of this world that he may please his commander in chief, the one who enlists him as a soldier (2Timothy 2:1-4).

There is a strictness to the life of a warrior. The body is hardened through the rigour of training. For spiritual warriors, the spirit is the focus and there is the training of the spirit in the area of discernment, spiritual capacity, and most especially love.

There is training in the place of prayer where the spirit is engaged and built up. Paul wrote that when we speak in unknown tongues we build up ourselves up spiritually (1Corinthians 14:2, 4).

Jude wrote that when we pray in the Holy Spirit we build up ourselves on our most holy faith (Jude 1:20). And faith is called a shield when it comes to battling with the evil ones. With it we are able to quench the fiery darts of the enemy. In the things he throws at us, e.g. thought darts (condemnation, fear etc.), we stand our ground in faith, extending it as shield. Faith should be extended, it should be active.

Also there is the sword of the Spirit, which is an offensive weapon. When it comes to taking new territories, knowing how to effectively use it is very important. Paul wrote that the weapon of his warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God in the pulling down of strongholds (2Corinthians 10:1-6). Jesus Christ is pictured in the book of Revelation as having a double edged sword in his mouth (Revelation 1:16).

The book of Hebrews pictured the words of God as a sword sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). While the natural sword can cut through the flesh and bone, the spiritual sword can cut through spirit and soul, able to make correction to the thoughts and purpose in the heart. No natural sword can get to those places.

The sword is meant to penetrate what the enemy tries to protect, and to create the best impact. After Peter was done preaching to a crowd in Acts 2, the bible says his listeners were cut to the heart (a sword cuts) (Acts 2:37).

The force of the Spirit of God was unleashed through the words of the apostle (the sword of the spirit) to make a change in their heart, to generate a response of repentance, and the territory of their hearts was won for Christ, the Master.

This was Peter turned his fishing hooks into a sword. With the fish hooks and nets Peter was a fishing business man, but now he has taken on a task more than himself, and was on a mission for Christ with the sword of the Spirit.

He was so effective that his shadow became a healing conduit (Acts 5:15), leading to many coming to the kingdom. As a warrior he led the invasion of the nation of Israel in his time, with love, truth and power, to replace the hate, lies and bondage the devil covers the people with.

 

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7 thoughts on “Beat plowshares in swords

  1. Thank you; It’s Amazing everything that has been reviled to me very clearly through these messages from your webpage it’s truly amazing because it’s been God’s answers to Me you would never believe. Pls be careful from the Devils trap to corrupt and desire to mislead us by only focusing on Grace as a Key to allow us to remain living in Sin .GOD will never make exception nor except it . Never falsely misinterpret the Bible for personal Gain your life will definitely fall apart by the lies of the Devil . I been their and lived it I truly learned the hard way by warriors scares and deep pain. Repent is the only Answer.

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