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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Preparing the Army of God, #24
But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. (Hebrews 2:6-8)
As we mentioned before, our land of promise is spiritual control over the material realm. Until the present hour the Lord's people have been unable to control the material realm—not even their own bodies. Redemption includes making the kingdoms of this world the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.
It was not necessary for us to do any fighting when we "came out of Egypt," when we were saved out of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ, by the atonement He made on the cross of Calvary, did all the fighting concerning our escaping the Pharaoh of Egypt. However, we are required to fight if we are to gain control over the material realm, the Lord guiding and helping us every step of the way.
It is the sword of the Lord and of Gideon, so to speak. God will not do it alone and we cannot do it alone. If we are to become an overcomer both God and we must work together. Our part is to exercise faith, obedience, courage, and patience. God's part is to bring us into victory over all the works of Satan.
There come points in the development of God's plan in the earth that require new programs and new direction. We are in one such period of transition today. Our God is a God of preparation. As always, He is preparing us carefully for the revival and the great tribulation that are before us today. We have no need to fear the coming tribulation if we will allow the Lord to prepare us thoroughly.
And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. (Joshua 3:3)
We are being instructed today to fasten our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the Ark of the Covenant.
We must be ready to move . Many of God's people are loaded down with the responsibilities and cares of the present world. Today you must ask the Lord Jesus to help you rid yourself of these many entanglements. No man who wages war entangles himself in the cares of this world. If you do not come out of the world now you will perish in the future. You and I must keep ourselves ready to move with God.
It is time for the officers to go through the army of the Lord. They will "command" the people. Do not expect Kingdom preachers to coddle you. They will not do it. They themselves are under the stern discipline of the Lord Jesus and they expect you to do what He says.
To be continued.