Warfare, battle, struggle, fight, swords, arrows, shields, strongholds, and attacks.
My readers, we are in a war.
For us who are Christ-followers, we are involved in an all-out war for the souls of men, women, & children. (Ephesians 6:10-12)
I don’t know about you, but there seems to be a lack of mighty warriors in today’s culture.
If I might be even more blunt, it seems that there is an attitude of defeat among many believers today.
Believe me, I’ve felt this attitude present in my heart as well.
Yet, I was recently struck by a certain passage of Scripture that challenged this attitude head on.
Allow me to introduce you all to 2 Samuel 23, 1 Chronicles 11
& David’s mighty men.
Read the verses below and marvel with me at the insanity, yet the stark reality of what happened.“Jashobeam, a Hakmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.”
- 1 Chronicles 11:11b
“Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three mighty warriors. He was with David at Pas Dammim…when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle…At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines. But they took their stand in the middle of the field…Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword…They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory…The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.” 1 Chronicles 11:12-14, 2 Samuel 23:9-10
“Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.” 1 Chronicles 11:20
“Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.”
- 2 Samuel 23:8b
“Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.” - 2 Samuel 23:11-12
Wow! Is it just me, or do these passages inspire wonder and awe, concerning what the Lord did through these men?
The few details we are told leaves me wanting more.It makes me stop and think though, what mighty acts of valor are the people of God performing today in His power?
Here we are told about men who singlehandedly struck down 300 & 800 warriors. Warriors who took their stand in the middle of a field and fought off a whole army.
That is crazy! Insane! Impossible!
Yet, the Lord did so, in His power, through them.
Need I remind you, David and another man stood their ground in a field and defeated an entire army!Why do we doubt the Lord’s mighty strength?
What stronghold is too hard for Him to demolish today?
Is it abortion? Attempts to redefine marriage? The erosion of morality? Trafficking? Hate? Drugs? Alcohol? The hunger of so many for violence? Apathy? Lust? Immorality? Selfishness? Gambling? Anger? The attack on the family? Rampart divorce? Selfish ambition? Envy? Broken families?Point out to me one stronghold that our God is unable to destroy! I challenge you! I throw the gauntlet down! Dare you pick it up? Will you be able to find a stronghold my God can’t destroy?
I’ll save you some time.There is no stronghold my Lord can’t bring crumbling down into fine dust.
He’s God!!! He spoke this universe into existence! He holds it together! His power is immeasurable!
I repeat, there is no stronghold my Lord can’t bring crumbling down into fine dust. (Psalm 24:8, Proverbs 21:31)
So Christian, why this attitude of defeat?
It’s not biblical.
Well, walking in it is a lie of Satan and the Bible does talk about his lies, so I suppose it is in that sense, biblical.
Yet, expecting defeat and living in defeat has never been God’s call or will for us. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
The Word says, "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Not, "But thanks be to God! He gives us defeat through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Nay, the Word does not say that by any means.
Yet, I shall be honest and say in my own life, I’ve seen Nathaniel’s International Version of that verse all too often.
Yet, by the grace of God something has sparked in me today again, and more stronger than before.A desire to see the valor of the mighty men resurrected in the living and breathing people of God of the 21st century.
It is time.
Yes, it is time.Oh, where are the mighty men and women of God in the 21st century?
Rise up! Rise up in the power of Your King! Trust Your God to do the impossible!
To battle! To the demolishing of strongholds in His name!
It is time to take a stand in a field and by the power of God, conquer the armies of darkness!"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power."
- Ephesians 6:10