"BLESSED BE THE LORD MY STRENGTH, WHICH TEACHETH MY HANDS TO WAR, AND MY FINGERS TO FIGHT…"
"HE TEACHETH MY HANDS TO WAR, SO THAT A BOW OF STEEL IS BROKEN IN MINE ARMS…"
I have a word of
blessing, a word of
admonition, and a word of
to many in the body of Christ today! You had better buckle-up because some are going to love this word and some are going to hate it! But before we are done, hell will be thrown into further disarray and satan will be exposed for the filthy liar that he is!
HAVE I GOTTEN YOUR ATTENTION?
First of all, we do not sing,
"Onward Christian Soldiers,"
like we used to! Much of the church has succumbed to a watered-down, politically correct gospel that makes it little more than a social club. Read our text again — "HE TEACHES [OUR HANDS] TO WAR!"
— Moslems believed in "their faith" so strongly they were willing to fly suicide missions into the World Trade Centers! Much of "our church" was either sitting in air-conditioned buildings on padded pews, singing "Hold the Fort," or dissipating most of their spiritual energy dancing in the aisles!
Wow — I told you this was going to be a strong word, so hear me out. Hey, again! If the shoe fits…you know!
There is a verse in "Onward Christian Soldiers," that gives us the answer to our problem
we will hear it—
WE ARE NOT DIVIDED,
ALL ONE BODY WE,
ONE IN HOPE AND DOCTRINE,
ONE IN CHARITY [LOVE].
Is this verse just wishful thinking, or will we finally see it fulfilled?
A few years ago, we got a shock treatment from John Avanzini. He opened his message with a word that stunned us! He said: "I will show you something more powerful than the Word of God." For a moment I thought, "John has lost it! Maybe I should go yank the mike out of his hand and change the order of the service?" But he quickly took us to the words of Jesus himself who said:
"YE MAKE THE WORD OF GOD OF NONE EFFECT THROUGH YOUR TRADITION,
WHICH YE HAVE DELIVERED, AND MANY SUCH LIKE THINGS DO YE."
Merciful God! If this was true of Jesus' day, how much more today with over 400 Christian denominations, most of which have some unique TRADITION designed to hold their little flock together and to keep them from wandering off to another church or denomination! One example blows my mind!
Believe it or not — there are still some churches that teach it is a sin to have a television set — but now with the advent of computers it is okay to have a "MONITOR SCREEN" which has access to multitudes of TV stations, plus access to every kind of moral filth known to mankind! Talk about "TRADITIONS" that make void the Word of God! Christian TV is winning more souls today than any other force in the Kingdom of God!
But the one that really got my goat (pardon the "Missouri" in me), was a dear brother on
Praise the Lord
a few weeks ago. Yes, on OUR TBN! I was down in Florida and the program was on tape. If it had been "LIVE" I would have called the engineer to take it OFF THE AIR!
This "dear brother" was waxing eloquent on the "error" of giving to God, expecting ANYTHING in return! In about 15 minutes, he totally trashed everything Oral Roberts has taught us on "Seed Faith" for over 40 years! The great messages by R.W. Schambach, John Avanzini, Dad Hagin, Benny Hinn, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, T.D. Jakes, and a host of others, flushed right down the drain!
I will not judge the brother, but the Apostle Paul commands us to
judge the message! I sat in stunned silence as truth after truth we have rejoiced in and
to be true was systematically twisted to meet HIS TRADITION!
I have spoken and written to you many times about the Word of God that came to me as I sought Him on this issue. My question was simple — "Dear Lord, can we bring a gift to you, with a need in our life, fully expecting you to meet that need?
God answered me with a word into my spirit as clearly as I have ever heard it — He said: "Son, did I give my only son to die on the Cross, EXPECTING NOTHING IN RETURN?"
Ah, don't you see it? God had a need — He had lost His first son, Adam. He needed sons and daughters. So what did God do?
the very thing He needed — His only begotten Son, the best gift heaven could give!
What did God receive?
Yes, we know — billions of sons and daughters!
God lives by His own law —
you GIVE if you expect to RECEIVE!
I hope my dear brother reads this, and I wish I had time here to tell of how Solomon brought God the biggest offering ever in the face of his biggest need. Have the heretic hunters never read the next verse as God appeared to Solomon that very night and said:
"Ask me for anything and I will give it to you!"
II Chron 1:7 TLB
Have they never read of Abraham who, after giving to Melchizedek, in the next verse asks God, "Now what will you give me?" God answered him and gave him that son, a few million acres of real estate, and great wealth of animals, silver, and gold (Gen. 13-15)!
How about King David who cried to God to heal his nation of an awful plague? He offered the Lord burnt offerings and peace offerings and the Word records, "THE LORD ANSWERED HIS PRAYER AND THE PLAGUE WAS STOPPED" (II Sam. 24:25 TLB).
Dear Father, I could give you story after story from Jeptha, King Hezekiah, Samuel, even Jesus Himself who said, "If you give, you will get" (Luke 6:38 TLB)! And one final thought here: The only one who went away from Jesus in sorrow was the "rich young ruler" who
to give what Jesus had asked (Mark 10:22).
So why do the heretic hunters and other critics trash the "seed faith" message?
I'll tell you why —
and here is the bottom-line for this whole letter. They are either ignorant of the Word, or bound by their traditions, OR — and this is frightening —
some are, I believe, of their father the devil!
"Strong words, Paul" — yes, but here is satan's most cherished strategy. He knows that if he can keep this great truth on giving and receiving, sowing and reaping, seed faith, and taking the wealth of the world — HE HAS WON!
Satan does not care if you sing and shout, dance in the aisle, and speak in Tongues! He loves dead, social club churches most — "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…" (II Tim. 3:5)
But when the body of Christ takes hold of these principles and laws of God that can
TRANSFER THE WEALTH OF THIS WORLD
into the hands of those who will
USE IT to win the lost and do great damage to his kingdom
— LOOK OUT! "KATIE, BAR THE DOOR!" He is aroused and will come at us with everything he has! He will inspire the heretic hunters to use
to keep us poor, sick, discouraged, and deceived!
So dear CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS — the mask is OFF. We see clearly the subtle deceptive tactics of the evil one!
Let's keep taking the wealth of the world — let's keep building TV stations, new networks, more satellites, the Internet, and more!
How about one last nail in the coffin of the heretic hunters—
"IT IS POSSIBLE TO GIVE AWAY AND BECOME RICHER!
IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE TO HOLD ON TOO TIGHTLY AND LOSE EVERYTHING.
YES, THE LIBERAL MAN SHALL BE RICH!
BY WATERING OTHERS HE WATERS HIMSELF."
Prov. 11:24-25 TLB
Praise God! I believe the true body of Christ is ONE! God is truly "Teaching our hands" for spiritual warfare! If you will let it, this little message to you from my heart will give you one more awesome weapon. Give God a gift, expecting him to meet that impossible need!
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!