I want to share a thought-provoking article by Bob Chapman. It is time for us to quit worrying about who’s out and who’s in and start focusing on the millions of lost souls all around us. Bob and I certainly do not agree on a lot of details but we both agree that the world needs the gospel. See what you think. Dwight Whitsett
Joshua 5:13-15 “When Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up, and behold, a Man stood near him with His drawn sword in His hand. And Joshua went to Him, and said to Him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And He said, No [neither]; but as Prince of the Lord’s host am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and worshiped, and said to Him, What says my Lord to His servant? 15 And the Prince of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, Loose your shoes from off your feet; for the place where you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.” Amplified Version.
How wrong Joshua was! The Prince of the Lord’s host was not for him or for his enemies – He was for God and God alone!
This mighty, righteous general of Israel who had just covenanted with Jehovah was suddenly confronted with the fact that God was neither for him nor for his enemies; rather He was for Himself! Not only that; Joshua needed further enlightenment in the art of God empowered warfare, just as Moses needed enlightenment in the art of God ordained politics during his confrontation with Pharaoh. Both great servants of God had to fall on their faces in the powerful, holy presence of God before they could rise up to contend in the anointing of God alone; Joshua with faith and trumpets; Moses with faith and a wooden staff.
The days of, “God is with us!” “No, God is with us!” are over. It is time we individually fell on our faces on God’s holy ground and asked, as Joshua did, “What says my Lord to His servant?” Some will rise up from and go out with God alone. Others will team up with like-hearted servants and obey the Lord’s call to wherever He determines.
The days of seeking out the fellowship that has the best entertainment, best preaching, finest teaching, etc., are over. In just the last few months the world has begun to intensify its campaign against God’s servants and, sadly, it appears few believers are sufficiently alarmed about this blatant satanic campaign. Astonishingly many are still asking one another, “Are you for us or are you for that denomination over there?” And so the holy ground to fall on is not being discovered and the filling, leading, empowering and anointing to convert the world is not emerging from the Lord of host and falling upon willing servants.
The reality is – the world is growing more confrontational toward the kingdom of God and those who have not recognized this belligerence are those who do not regularly fall on their faces and seek to serve God in His anointing alone. They still trust in denomination, themselves and their talents just as Joshua was about to do at Jericho.
It is time we individually and corporately fell before the Lord and said, “Here am I Lord, use me” regardless of the outcome at the hands of the world! And in saying that let me close with Isaiah’s words after his encounter with the Holy God – Isaiah 6:5 & 8, “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”