A Watchman approach
Yeshua said in Luke 11:23 Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering.
Warfare is to stand in the gap, watching over and protecting the harvest of the good seed, sown through Yeshua the Messiah, from being corrupted by the enemy, causing division. The weapon of the watchman is the Word of God proclaimed over God’s creation and plans for the people called by His name and the name of His Son Yeshua. The Word of God, is the Sword given by the Spirit of God as written in Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God.
It seems that the idea exist that we as followers of Yeshua must use His Sword in defense, but I would like you to consider that it is in fact the most powerful offensive weapon of our warfare. As Paul explained in Ephesians that we need to take up the helmet of deliverance along with the sword given by the Spirit. Bearing in mind that we can only received the Sword given by the Spirit of God, once we received our deliverance in the name of Yeshua the Messiah. Deliverance, that in faith we have been saved, as Peter explained to the new believers in Yeshua in Acts 2:38 Kefa answered them, “Turn from sin, return to God, and each of you be immersed on the authority of Yeshua the Messiah into forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh!.
As watchman we need to continue to proclaim, as we stand firm in our faith, that in Yeshua we are more than overcomers. This victory is not to be defended it is to be enforced in faith as we partake in God’s ultimate creation plan, to create in Himself (Yeshua the Messiah) one new man, Jew and gentle, who will live not in accordance to the flesh but by the Spirit of yhe Living God.
Consider Ezekiel 37:1-10 With the hand of ADONAI upon me, ADONAI carried me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley, and it was full of bones. He had me pass by all around them- there were so many bones laying in the valley, and they were so dry! He asked me, “Human being, can these bones live?” I answered, “Adonai ELOHIM! Only you know that!” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones! Say to them, ‘Dry bones! Hear what ADONAI has to say! To these bones Adonai ELOHIM says,” I will make breath enter you, and you will live. I will attach ligaments to you, make flesh grow on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you. You will live, and you will know that I am ADONAI. “‘” So I prophesied as ordered; and while I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound; it was the bones coming together, each bone in its proper place. As I watched, ligaments grew on them, flesh appeared and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Next he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath! Prophesy, human being! Say to the breath that Adonai ELOHIM says, ‘Come from the four winds, breath; and breathe on these slain, so that they can live.'” So I prophesied as ordered, and the breath came into them, and they were alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army.
Based on Ezekiel 37, the order of being a watchman is simple, yet effective :
- First, acknowledge that you do not know, but that God knows all things.
- Second, listen en proclaim what you have heard from God.
- Third, trust in the fulfilment of the Word you spoke in faith as you received it form God, proclaim it in the authority of the name above all names, Yeshua the Messiah. In whom it is written in 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 For the Son of God, the Messiah Yeshua, who was proclaimed among you through us- that is, through me and Sila and Timothy- was not a yes- and- no man; on the contrary, with him it is always “Yes!” For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with him; that is why it is through him that we say the “Amen” when we give glory to God.
The problem is not with the victory that God achieved through His only Son Yeshua the Messiah, the problem is the uninvolved believer, who do not want to proclaim the victory because of the sacrifice and inconvenience it requires. Consequently the “church“ has lost its power to attack, we have become like Gideon before God called him, we believe but we are not prepared to go in the might of what we believe as we trust in God to do what only He can do. Gideon’s plan was to save a part of the harvest, God’s plan was to save the whole harvest, and to set the people free from the continues attacks on the harvest.
Consider this :
In ADAMS disobedience to God his status as royalty over God’s creation was lost and he became a bond-slave on Satan’s terms. But in accordance to God’s redemptive plan the seed of the woman, whom God promised would crush the head of the serpent. Yeshua was conceived not by the corruptible seed of Adam, but from God as a new creation undefiled by the lust of the flesh to fulfill what God’s spoke in the garden of Eden. The Son of Man, Yeshua came to recreate in Himself one new man that will crush the head of the enemy.
Yeshua attained the victory on the cross, so that we as recreated man can do the good work that God planned from the beginning, to crush the head of the enemy. The implementation of this victory on earth is now in die hands of the “Church”, so Satan is directing his attack against the Church, like in Gideon’s example. Satan wants to rob the full effect of the finished work of Yeshua, by stealing or corrupting the Good seed sown by Yeshua.
We as believers are no longer free to live as if there is no war. We need to understand the scripture of 2Ti 2:4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
As believers in Yeshua we need to ask some serious questions.
1) Am I expressing the enmity that God put between the devil and the Body of Messiah? Or am I seeking peace through compromise?
2) Am I available to my Lord as an instrument, ready to be used in reconciliation?
3) Am I aware of the teaching of Scripture about my part in this spiritual conflict?
The battle of Calvary was won on the praying fields of Gethsemane. Yeshua won the battle with only one sentenced prayer, “not My will be done, but Thy will be done.” (Matt 26:42) Like wise as warriors of substance we must pray not in accordance with our own will, but as Yeshua taught us in Matthew 6:10. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as in heaven.”
Paul said in Romans 11 that is we have been blessed by the disobedience of our Jewish brothers, how much more will we be blessed in their obedience. I believe that Paul is telling us that as we received the deliverance in Yeshua as a blessing. We will receive the victory when, Jew and gentile is finally united in Yeshua, the one new man to bring God’s plan in fulfilment. Their obedience will herald in the final victory over the enemy.
Therefore if you are willing, consider the meaning of the Word spoken in James 4:7 Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you.
Yeshua came to breakdown the wall of enmity between Jew and gentile to unite in Himself one new man who will crush the enemy as we are united in Yeshua the Messiah. We must be warriors in the situation, seeking not our own plans but seeking what God planned so that the victory of the cross will bring glory to God and His Son Yeshua the Messiah.