THE SERVANT GENERAL
HOLY WARRIORS - 3
The centurion, already a warrior being a military officer,
would certainly become a holy warrior after his profound encounter
with Jesus. He put his faith in Jesus and in his authority
(Mt 8:9). And because he did so, his appeal was granted, that
his servant be healed (Mt 8:13a). It happened miraculously
we are in spiritual warfare, with the one enemy being the
evil one, we look to the One who has already defeated the
enemy. “When it was evening, they brought him many who
were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by
a word and cured all the sick” (Mt 8:16).
God has already defeated the enemy, but that is no assurance
that we will be able to do the same. We can do the same, but
only if we are holy warriors. The psalmist laments the destruction
of the temple (Ps 74:5-7). He is anguished that God seemingly
abandoned them and allowed them to be defeated. “Why,
God, have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger burn
against the sheep of your pasture?” (Ps 74:1).
happened because Israel was unfaithful to God. Israel turned
away from God. As such, God turned away from Israel! God became
angry with Israel, His chosen people. “How the Lord
in his wrath has abhorred daughter Zion” (Lam 2:1a).
With an army of unholy warriors, they were defeated by their
enemies, with God “casting down from heaven to earth
the glory of Israel” (Lam 2:1b). In effect, “the
Lord has become the enemy” (Lam 2:5a)! As such, Israel
could not even defend herself well. “In his fury he
has razed daughter Judah’s defenses” (Lam 2:2b).
Her defenses crumbled. “He has handed over to the enemy
the walls of its strongholds.” (Lam 2:7b).
only can we not defeat a powerful enemy just on our own strength
and resources, but if we become unholy warriors, even our
God, because we are not with Him, goes against us. That is
a recipe for disaster.
needs to happen? We need vision and instruction. Our Church
today is losing the war because her people do not know about
the spiritual war that is raging, and the call to be holy
warriors. The enemy is assaulting, and we are not even defending,
as we are ignorant, complacent, comfortable, unarmed and unequipped.
Thus, “instruction is wanting, even her prophets do
not obtain any vision from the Lord.” (Lam 2:9c). If
we do not know what is happening, if we do not know whom we
are called to become, then the war is lost. But we in CFC-FFL
do have the vision, and do have the formation.
what must we do? We must become holy warriors.
we must repent of sin. “Cry out to the Lord from your
heart, wall of daughter Zion! Let your tears flow like a torrent
day and night” (Lam 2:18a). We repent of sin, turn back
to God, pray, worship, humble ourselves.
we must live out our covenant with God. “Remember your
people, whom you acquired of old, the tribe you redeemed as
your own heritage” (Ps 74:2a). Now we do not need to
remind God; we need to remind ourselves! And start to live
out God’s ways, as instructed to us.
we ask for God’s empowerment. “Why hold back your
hand, why hold back your right hand within your bosom?”
(Ps 74:11). God will not withhold His power, if only we become
holy instruments that He can truly use.
we can engage the enemy. And we go forth as holy warriors,
with all confidence. “Yet you, God, are my king from
of old, winning victories throughout the earth.” (Ps