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You Are A Mighty Man!

1 Chronicles 11–12

Mighty Man Shadow - orange and yellowBrothers, I love to read about David’s Mighty Men.  My heart thrills to the thought of faithful, strong, fierce warriors standing side by side to serve their king.  I can’t think of a stronger analogy in the Bible for the right attitude of Christian men.  The Promised Land has always been a metaphor for Heaven.  To get there the Israelites had to cross the river Jordan; to pass through the waters.  We as Christians having decided to follow Jesus must pass through the waters of baptism; not to be saved but to clearly state to the world that we belong to Christ.  The Israelites were to put away all foreign gods and idols as we are to do in our own life.  They were to walk humbly with their Lord as are we.

Having accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ we should desire to be in His service.  Look at the story of the warriors to who crossed the Jordan to fight with their king, David.

1 Chronicles 12:14-15 ESV

“These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand.  These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.”

First, these guys were real warriors; the least of them was a match for a hundred men and the greatest a match for a thousand men.  Second, did you catch the fact that they swam the Jordan when it was in flood stage?  The Jordan was “overflowing all its banks”.  Having just survived a flood here in Nashville where the Cumberland river, and others, overflowed its banks, I have a new found sense of awe when contemplating this event.  Why would these guys swim a river during a flood to come and fight for David?  They came because they viewed David as their king and the king was at war.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel anywhere near strong enough to swim a river at flood stage.  I am no match for a thousand men or one hundred men.  I’m barley strong enough to hold my own against a 10 year old little girl!  (I’m referring to my daughter)  Can I be a Mighty Man of God?  Can I be a Mighty Man of Jesus Christ?

Brothers, we didn’t have to swim the rivers of baptism to come to Jesus’ side; He carried us across those waters.  My question for you is “are you willing, ready, and able” to stand at the side of your savior and fight the war with Him?  What war?  The war for the souls of the lost.  Not strong enough?  Jesus has already equipped you and strengthened you.

Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Will you be strengthened in His might?  Will you put on the whole armor of God?  Will you declare the Gospel boldly as you out to speak?  Are you a Mighty Man of God?  You are if you have made yourself an ambassador in chains; a servant of your savior Jesus Christ.  Did you hear that?  I did not say you will someday be a Mighty Man of God.  I said you already are if you’ve accepted Him as your Lord and Savior.  Stop acting like Clark Kent.  You are Superman reborn to fly high on the power of your Savior Jesus Christ.  Stand up boldly.  Let the slings and arrows of a lost and dying world bounce off your chest and declare boldly that Jesus saves!

That my brother is who you are!

Have a Mighty Man day in the Lord!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

P. S.  Did you read in Ephesians quoted above that the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God?  By reading through the Bible we are learning how to handle our offensive weapon, the Sword of the Spirit!  We must continue to study and memorize God’s Word just as a soldier would continue to train in the use of his weapon.

(Originally posted 5/8/10)

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