“For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world ~ the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.” Ephesians 6:12 WNT
It is God who has delivered us out of the power of darkness…Colossians 1:13
When you claimed Jesus Christ as Savior of your soul you entered into the Kingdom of Heaven. God literally transferred you from the control of darkness into the freedom found in his son. Because the two kingdoms of the universe, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of Darkness are vehemently opposed to each other they are at war. Therefore, upon this transfer you entered into battle as a warrior in the army of the living God. There is not a choice to be made as to whether you want to be a warrior in battle – you are. You belong to a household (in this case a Kingdom) and whatever that household faces, you as a member also face. It is your assignment. In that assignment, you are given a ‘post’. Consider it your legal position. Consider it your place of responsibility. One meaning of the word ‘post’ is the place where a soldier or guard must remain in order to do their job. Another meaning relates to that which holds up a fence. Can you see how each post is essential in holding up that fence which serves as a boundary line? As you Praise, Pray, Rebuke, and Stand Firm can you picture signs being attached to those post? Signs such as “Keep Out!” “Violators Will Be Prosecuted!” “Private Property!” “No Soliciting!” “No Trespassing!” “Warning: This Property is Under 24 hr. Surveillance!” Praise God!
Some time ago my husband faced a health crisis and I had become wearied by the accumulated weeks of the on-going trial. One particular day was tougher than usual and it happened to fall on a day I was leading bible study. Feeling discouraged, I spoke with the Lord about how I could ever go to a group of women and try to encourage them when I was doing a poor job of it myself so I began thinking about how I could cancel the meeting. The Spirit spoke right to my heart and said “I have called you to a post. Your place of victory is at your post. Get to your post!” Nothing like a directive from the Lord to change my thinking! How about you? It did not take much more time before I was out the door! Praise God.
Let’s think of a few of your ‘posts’. You personally may be able to think of more. Your ‘post’ is (1) as a wife ~ no one else can be the wife you were called to be in fullness, (2) as a mom ~ no one else can mother your children like you were called to do in fullness, (3) as a christian ~ you have a specific role in the body of Christ in fullness, (4) as a daughter ~ no one can be the daughter you were called to be in fullness, (5) how about as a neighbor or friend? You have a unique position no one else can fill.
We are in battle as warriors in the army of the living God. As I was reading about warfare I came across the word ‘casualty’ in relating to what can happen to warriors in battle. The military usage of the word ‘casualty’ relates to a person who becomes unavailable for duty due to death, injury, illness, capture, or desertion. In military terminology, desertion is the abandonment of a duty or post without permission (recall the discussion above relating to our assigned post?). The definition of casualty here implies that unless these things have happened to you, you ARE eligible for duty. Is it your hearts desire to be fit for duty? Let’s expand on these words in a spiritual sense since the conflict we face is spiritual. As you picture these words in action in your life also picture the effect they may have on you (1) as you are at your post (Are you holding up your section of the boundary line properly?), (2) as you perform the continual duties at your post that you are specifically assigned to do (praising, praying, rebuking, standing).
Death. Death occurs when our vital organs stop functioning. There also is a spiritual death in trespasses and sins; the death of the soul under the power of sin (Rom. 8:6; Eph. 2:1, 3; Col. 2:13). If this is happening to you, how fit are you for duty?
Injury. Injury occurs when we have suffered hurt, wounds, suffering, pain, affliction, damage, offense, or impairment. If you are suffering these things how fit are you for duty?
Illness. Illness is a condition of being unhealthy in your body or mind. It is a specific condition that prevents your body or mind from functioning normally. Up to the 18th century, the word illness meant “wickedness, depravity, immorality”, or “unpleasantness, disagreeableness, hurtfulness”. These older meanings reflect the fact that the word “ill” is a contracted form of the word “evil”. If you are suffering from some sort of illness how fit are you for duty?
Capture. Capture is an act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile. If the enemy has captured you how fit are you for duty?
Desertion. Desertion is abandonment without consent or legal justification of a person, post, or relationship and the associated duties and obligations. The military definition is the abandonment of a duty or post without permission (a pass, liberty or leave). If you have back slided what are you fit for? Have you maybe left your ‘post’ so that you can check to see how others are doing at their post? Have you neglected your unique duties that have been assigned to you such as praying and standing firm against the enemy? Have you expected someone else to cover your post for you? If you have been a casualty of war it is time to return to your post.
You are a child of the King. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Greater is He who is in you than he who that is in the world (1 John 4:4). This is our legal position. Lord, we resolve by Your grace not to yield to Satan and allow him access to the post you have called us to. Thank you Lord that our victory will be found at our post. I resolve not to allow the enemy to prosper at my post. It is my responsibility to wear the armor you have given and I trust it will guard against the fiercest assaults of the enemy. In the name of Jesus I stand and believe.
In His grace,