Preparing for Battle & New Seasons –

Notes from a Staff meeting led by Barry Hunkin 
The start of September means the start of a new season. As a church, we are also in a new season; Harvest time.

Part of the harvest season is really a season of warfare. A battle, not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities and powers. (Eph 6:12) As we approach this season, it’s worth preparing ourselves for this spiritual battle.

How do we do warfare/battle?

Here are some pointers to keep in mind as we go into battle without getting weary while taking ground in the battle

1. Prayer

Ray Oliver once said that our best posture in battle is on our knees in prayer.
The life of David in 1 Sam 30, David goes home to Ziklag after battle and finds that his home has been plundered. In this setting, David’s followers speak of stoning him. Regardless of the fact that his life was in danger, verse 6 tells us that ‘David found strength in the LORD his God.’ In the conclusion of this account, David finds direction and manages to get everything that was stolen back and more. It rings true that “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (James 4:6) in this account, and it seems as though God responded graciously to an appeal for His direction and guidance in a desperate situation- in a time of war. 

2. Praise

In the pursuit of pointing God’s people back to Him, Jehoshaphat “bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.” He sets a great example of praising in a time of harvest- a time of pointing God’s people back to Him. Paul and Silas also set an inspiring example in Acts 16 of praising even though their feet are fastened in stocks. God seems to respond to the free state of their hearts by causing an Earthquake which gives them an escape.
3. The Prophetic
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well (1 Tim 1:18). Paul seems to suggest in this epistle that the prophetic is like a weapon in our hands.
We can take courage that when we are walking in what God wants us to do, reminding ourselves of those prophetic words spoken over our lives, we have the ability to fight a more effective battle.

4. Faith-filled obedience

Although we could argue that walls of Jericho in Joshua 6, we could argue that the shouts of the people and the blasts of the trumpets pulled the walls of Jericho down. Paul suggests another reason in Heb 11:30, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.”. God responded to their faith filled obedience, not their shouts.

5. Make time for the fathers table

Psalm 23 tells us that there is a table set for the believer in the presence of his enemies. If this table is in the midst of enemies, we can believe that this table is prepared for us, even in battle. Making time to sit at this table requires us to, mid-battle, make time for the presence of God in our lives. Aiden Whitaker rightly concluded that “God hasn’t called us to a moment, but to a lifestyle.”