God is Transforming His Sheep into War Horses Ready for Battle
Zechariah 10:3: “For the Lord Almighty will care for his flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle.” (NIV)
God is transforming His sheep into war horses! The Lord Almighty is doing the work and directing the process, to develop His people into trained horses, ready for battle.
Is God training you to war?
Have you wondered why the spiritual barrage around you is so intense? Are you feeling battle worn and weary?
Or maybe you feel just the opposite. Maybe God has been cleaning you out for a long time, and finally, you have a measure of peace on the inside. You see the battle raging on in other believers and for the souls of the lost, and you thank God for finally entering His rest. Do I now enjoy my rest or do I accept this calling to join Him in battle? This is a critically important question for you and for me.
There’s a stirring on the inside, a quiet flame that begs to once again roar hot and hard for something and Someone that truly matters. Whether you are still in the thick of the battle or finally enjoying some personal peace, God wants you to partner with Him for others.
We are called to be a war horse for the Kingdom of God.
Personally, I finally am struggling less with my own issues of insecurity, fear, comparison to others, pride, and sins of the flesh. I am thankful for God’s faithfulness to deliver, heal, and teach me. But selfishness is a tough one. I finally have a measure of internal peace and God is asking me to go to war? Deployment for the Kingdom? When retirement seems like a great option, to finally relax, travel, teach the grands to bake…now, Lord?
When the lover and Savior of your soul says “Go,” it’s time to move. This is what you were designed for…this moment…this call. How can you say no?
In the natural, war horses are thoroughly trained over time, not selected because they have the instincts required for battle. They are taught how to be useful in a wartime situation. The size of a horse determines its type of use in combat. A lighter horse may carry a warrior into battle, and a heavier horse may carry or pull supplies and artillery to the front lines.
Horses that will carry a rider are conditioned to endure combat situations – the noise, the smell of blood, the confusion of battle – so they will not shy away from the physical stimuli of warfare. The horse must be able to focus on the rider, not the fray. To provide a true training ground for the horse, the sights, sounds, and smells of battle must be replicated. He must be subjected to this war scenario repeatedly until an interdependent bond of trust forms between horse and rider. The seam between them must be so tight they create a single fighting entity.
What better training ground than your own life?
If you have fought battles and won, then you know the key – Jesus is the difference maker.
He is the deliverer, the healer, the forgiver. Because of Him you learn to repent, to accept His forgiveness, to persevere through the storm, to recognize the enemy’s tactics to bring guilt, depression, fear of failure, discouragement, and condemnation. You have been delivered from many of the sins that so easily beset us. We’re NOT perfect but we’re walking in victory more often than defeat.
Your training ground has been real, not a make-believe scenario. And God has shown Himself a thorough and capable teacher through the Holy Spirit’s instruction. He is well able to finish that which He has begun…in you…in me…and in others.
A warrior’s life may depend on the thorough training of his mount. The slightest pressure of the rider’s legs or the shifting of his weight cues the war horse to move left or right, forward or back. A war horse must achieve fluid synchronization with his warrior to gain advantage in combat over the enemy. A war horse is expected to run toward the battle and never away from it, following the direction of his rider faithfully.
The battle-ready horse is permitted to kick, bite, and fight the enemy, but he is not the primary warrior. The One he carries into battle is.
When the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land after forty years in the desert, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh asked Moses if they could settle their families and livestock on the east side of the Jordan River rather than cross into Caanan. Moses was understandably upset about this until they explained they planned to continue across the river with their fellow Israelites and help with the conquest of Caanan until all were settled and at peace. Their request was granted and they fulfilled their pledge. (Numbers 32)
We are being asked to do no less. God is asking us to battle with Him for our loved ones, our nation, and the world until all are settled in their Promised Land.
God Himself is training you and has anointed you for this special purpose. He is preparing you for battles only won through prayer and with the presence and power of God. The process is intense because you must learn not to run from the battle, but toward it, under the direction of The Warrior whose presence you carry.
We are being trained to transport the Presence of God into the messiness and carnage of this world and release Him to do His mighty work, bringing hope and salvation to people, places and situations where only death and destruction have reigned.
You are called to serve as God’s war horse. Will you embrace this anointing and submit to His call? You will never fight alone.
The battle is the Lord’s!
Bible Verse of the Day
Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (NLT)