THE SERVANT GENERAL
HOLY WARRIORS - 7
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 1:17-19
Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet. And prophets are
among those who are holy warriors. They are God’s spokespersons,
and they assault the enemy with their prophetic words. As
they engage powerful spiritual enemy forces, they are often
the targets for assault, oppression and persecution.
instructions to the prophet Jeremiah are relevant to those
who are called to be holy warriors.
“prepare yourself” (v.17a). Know who you are and
what you are called to be. You are a holy instrument of God,
sent to do battle for His Kingdom. Strive for holiness. Be
equipped with weapons of righteousness and with the armor
of God. Know the enemy. Be prepared to suffer and even die
for the cause of Christ.
“stand up and tell them” (v.17b). As a warrior
you are not to sit or lounge around, away from the battlefront.
Rather, go and face the enemy.
tell them “all that I command you.” (v.17c). Proclaim
the truth. Proclaim the full gospel. Tell people of their
sin, to be able to lead them to repentance. Speak of God’s
love, especially for the poor and the least. Do not be politically
“do not be terrified on account of them” (v.17d).
Be not afraid, for God is with you. You do face a formidable
enemy, both spiritual as well as the earthly forces the devil
musters. They can beat you up, so be willing to suffer. Never
abandon the cause. No retreat and no surrender. Otherwise
you betray the cause of Christ. If that happens, you become
the enemy within, and God will turn the tables on you, as
God warns, “or I will terrify you before them”
When we do the above, what does God do for us?
we are protected. “For I am the one who today makes
you a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of bronze,
against the whole land” (v.18a). Impregnable! The enemy
cannot prevail against God’s holy warriors. No matter
who our enemies are, both secular and even ecclesiastical
persons of power, God will be there for us, “against
Judah’s kings and princes, its priests and the people
of the land.” (v.18b).
we are victorious. “They will fight against you, but
not prevail over you” (v.19a). Jesus already won victory
on the cross. He already crushed the head of the serpent.
We share in that victory. And even as there will be perilous
times, and times of seeming defeat, Jesus assures us, “I
am with you to deliver you” (v.19b).
Onward, holy warriors!