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Dread Champions - Part 1

by Bobby Conner
January 05, 2010

Dread Champions, Arise!

Do you hear the battle alarm?  It is ringing loud and clear!  We are entering a very serious season—a season of confrontation.  Our lukewarm “business as usual” attitude must die.  The Spirit of God is awakening and arousing the Church, prompting us to arise and take a strong stand for Divine Truth. The war is raging and we must prepare for battle.

Meditate on this clear warning in Romans 13:11-14—and begin to declare this over your life and the life of this nation:

Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah). The night is far gone and the day is almost here. Let us then drop (fling away) the works and deeds of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy. But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).”

Now is the time for the Body of Christ to be bold, brave and extremely courageous, combating the spirit of this age. 

How will this happen?  First, we are to “make no provision” for darkness.  We’re called to violently “fling away” quarrels, jealousies and any hint of immorality to make absolutely NO provision for the flesh.  The Lord has raised the standard of holiness to the highest levels of perfection.

 

Next, we are to not only resist in a defensive posture—but we are also to be on the offensive for our King.   We are not called to live passive, quiet lives in the midst of evil giants; on the contrary, we are to actively arise and violently drive giants out into the open, exposing wickedness and defeating it through His mercy and grace, for God’s glory.  Consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:12:

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.

We are called to take the promised land of the Kingdom by force—without compromise or retreat.  This war between King Jesus and His enemies of this world is going to be much, much more militant than we expected and we must prepare as serious soldiers of the Cross.   Don’t misunderstand me—our weapons are not knives and guns, bombs and bullets, but eternal weapons of power:  Zechariah 4:6 states that victory is won “not by might, nor by our human spirit, but only by the Spirit of the Lord.” Never forget it is by the Holy Spirit that we are empowered for action—but we need to come into agreement with the Spirit through the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, purity, revelation of the Word of God, faith working through love and, above all, radical, unquestioned obedience 

 

These are the characteristics of God’s dread champions.  We are champions because we have overcome the world by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony; we are dread champions because we consider not our lives unto death.  This level of radical obedience produces believers who will truly follow the Lamb wherever He goes—no matter the consequences.

 

This is the nature of a hero—and God is calling for spiritual heroes in this hour.  The word heroism speaks of bravery and fearlessness.  Heroes fight not for themselves, but for their King’s honor, their country’s honor, a greater honor than their own acclaim. These qualities of selfless valor are not born of the flesh, however.  We cannot exert our will and abilities to become a dread champion.  On the contrary:  our heroism is in direct proportion to our yielding to Christ, the one true Hero.  Only as we yield to the Holy Spirit will we be equipped to display these outstanding qualities of God’s champions.

 

Scripture declares in Proverbs 28:1 that “The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”  Are we timid?  If we are, our timidity testifies to our carnality, not true humility and meekness.  To the extent that we are passive and fearful, we are giving ourselves over to the flesh, not the Spirit.  It is sad but true…many churches today are embracing a lukewarm, compromising culture and departing from sound Biblical teachings—to the point of embracing false teaching and activities that contradict Holy Scripture. 

May lukewarm love never be found in our hearts!   

Are you lukewarm?  Are you ready to arise and be bold as a lion? 

Ask yourself this most important, soul-searching question:  are you, as a Christian, tolerated by a Christ-rejecting world?  Or are you so distant from your Elder Brother (The Lord Jesus Christ), that you no longer truly resemble Him?  If you did, you would be persecuted and accused just as He was.  This is not an easy question to ask, but ask it, we must!  Christ Jesus warned us, stating that “the servant is no greater than his Master!  While He walked the earth in the flesh, Jesus displayed perfect love.  Do we? Jesus healed the sick and set captives free.  Are we? Are we offending the world by working the works of God, loving with His love, forgiving with His heart? 

Jesus did nothing wrong—yet wicked and cruel men struck His face with their fists and spat upon Him as a criminal (Matthew 26:67-68).   The Lord Jesus’ back was beaten with many stripes.  His beard was pulled from His face.   A crown of cruel thorns was driven deep within his head.  And, finally, He was nailed upon a cross to suffer horrendously and die between two convicted men.

What is the lesson we must learn?  The servant is no greater than the Master! 

We are no greater than Jesus!  How can we, then, expect to receive the keys to the city and win Person of the Year?  Saints, take heed!  We must take a reality check.  Remember that Scripture states, “All that will live Godly in this present world will suffer persecution.”  Our lack of true persecution does not testify to God’s blessing on our lives—but to our weakness!  To our flesh!  To our desire to win the approval of men, not of God.  If we do not resemble our Master, we pose no threat to the enemy and do not offend the world.

Ask yourself this New Year:  “Am I a true witness for Christ?”

Indeed, one of the Greek words translated “witness” is martyrion, from which we derive the English word “martyr.” 

Consider these Scriptures in which we find martyrion used:

“…and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.”  (Acts 3:15)

“And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree” (Act 10:39)

“And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.”  (Act 22:20)

The blood of the “martyr” Stephen is the blood of the true “witness” Stephen—it is the same Greek word.  Are we willing to suffer as a martyr for our Lord?  What does this mean exactly?  We are called to pick up our cross and die daily…for die to this world we must. 

The good news is that, as the battle escalates, so will God’s grace upon our lives.  So will our passion for the King!  Our lukewarm love is about to become inflamed for Christ.  The timid Church is about to become the Church of the Lion of Judah, bold as lions!  

Again, we have entered a serious season of confrontation in which we must contend for and defend the faith.  This is the Word of the Lord for this hour:  the battle is going to become fierce…but we know that “the battle is the Lord’s”! 

“And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear: for the battle [is] the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.”  (1Sa 17:47) 

You can be confident that our foe, satan, has not changed his intent one bit:  he still seeks to steal, kill and to destroy (John 10:10).  We have nothing to fear because the Spirit of God is kindling a fire within the souls of God’s people to prepare them to walk in power and purity.

Dear saints of God, hear what the Spirit of God is releasing in this hour.  It is a clear and forceful command to the Body of Christ:  Be bold and exceeding brave, for God is with you in your quest! (Joshua 1:9)  

Now is the time for the victorious dread champions to arise, come to the forefront and take a bold, strong stand, contending and defending the faith (Jude 3).


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