This ERA of God’s church is described as lacking in Zeal, so much so that God says that he is going to Spew us out of His mouth. Rev. 3:15-16.
Seeing that we have this need for Zeal, I want to show you an excellent tool that we can use to build that zeal up to a fever pitch when needed. A tool that will give us great comfort and peace of mind as well as power to defeat any foe that is arrayed against us. To defeat any weapon that is brought to bear.
I want to show you the power, affect and mental discipline that can come from being a child of God and having His Holy Spirit within us. I want to show you how to tap into and use this fantastic tool to win every battle.
The Fruits of God’s Spirit can be summed up with the word LOVE! Love is the best of the fruits as Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 13:13 “The greatest of these is Love” in fact this Agape Love is only available to us through the Spirit and is what enables us to utilize all of the other fruits of the Spirit. However, today I want to talk about the potential affects available to each of us, as individuals, of having this Spirit within us. How does it affect or cause us to act differently than before what is the overall affect of Having God’s Spirit.
I intend to do that by drawing a physical parallel. Comparing something in the physical world that works in a similar way.
This comparison can be summed up by the term “esprit de corps”. It is described by the Marine Corps, who are known for their Esprit de Corps in the following way:
HISTORY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE making of a marine, many of whom have been helped to do a difficult and dangerous task by the memory of the men who served before them and who built a tradition of devotion to duty. In the same way, all of us will do well to consider the traditions established by our forefathers. In the Marine Corps we call the intangible spirit that lifts men above themselves for the good of the group, “esprit de corps.” When that same spirit motivates the citizens of a nation, we call it patriotism.
In the body of Christ you can think of it as Godliness(a Spiritual esprit de corps).
There is a term used by a Marine that is usually stated with great force and emphasis. That term is “Oorah”. It is a commitment by the marine that he agrees with and is willing to follow into battle his leader. Just as we as Saints of God are submitted to His rule and ready to Follow Christ into Battle. Even the daily battle that a Christian is committed to as we battle satan and the lusts of the flesh to follow and be a part of Christ.
That heartfelt commitment comes from the marine’s faith in his leaders to never place him in a situation that cannot be won and his trust in his brothers and sisters to support him in battle with the enemy. It also springs forth from his training and the equipment with which he has been given to fight the battles.
In essence he is saying or affirming that he is a warrior, that he is battle focused and ready. When we use the word AMEN, are we not in effect saying the same thing to God?
Now remember this is a physical and worldly example that merely mimics what we as begotten sons of God have to work with. But it can help us draw parallels that can make it easier for us to tap into the power and tools that God has made available to us.
The fruits of God Spirit within us also focuses us on the battle that we must wage with the self and satan. The love that is shed abroad in our hearts by God’s Holy Spirit is our enabler. It makes us ready, it shows us how to put the fear aside and focus on the battle before us.
(Php 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
(Php 4:7) And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So we too are spiritual warriors, focused on and ready for the battle before us.
Interestingly the motto of the Marine Corp is Semper Fidelis which means “Always Faithful”.
Notice how similar to the Marine Corp is our calling. A recent advertisement for the Marine Corp states that; “many will hear the calling few will earn the title” just so Matthew 22:14 says: ” For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The Marines are considered to be an Elite Corp. They are the first that are called on to defend or attack. We also, as the First Fruits of God’s Harvest, are to be the “Ruling Cadre of the Kingdom of God” The Elite Corp of God Beings who will rule the earth for a thousand years and the Kingdom of God forever!
Now that’s ELITE!
The Marine Corp has what is referred too as an Esprit de Corp. A Team Spirit if you will. I know that this spirit is artificially introduced to the marine recruits to draw them together as a team but in doing so it also protects them on the battle field as it infuses them with the ZEAL that they need to properly use each of the weapons they have been given.
God’s Spirit ties us together into a brotherhood of Saints. It unites us with all those living and dead who had God’s Spirit and are part of His First Fruits. There is a bond that is unbreakable and it infuses us with a Team Spirit much greater than anything available in the world.
There is a special bond that is shared amongst those who have God’s Holy Spirit indwelling in them. It is this team spirit if you will that keeps us tied together and in communication / fellowship. This website is designed to enhance that fellowship and communication to help build on that natural team spirit that is part of all God’s People wherever they happen to be.
1Pe_1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
The Marines say once a marine always a marine. That goes for us as well, once born into the Kingdom of God as a First Fruit of God we will always be part of the First Fruits of the Kingdom. A member of the church of the First Born written in heaven.
Look again at the Motto of the Marines, surely this is our motto as well: Always Faithful!
(Rev 17:14) ……..for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The Affirmation OoRah comes from a soldiers faith in his leaders to never put him into battle in a situation where he cannot win. Just so God tells us that he will never put more on us than we can bear;
(1Co 10:13) …….God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
It also derives from the confidence that he has in his comrades to support him in need. This is also part of our heritage and training. Notice;
(Gal 6:1) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
(Gal 6:2) Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
True brethren will always support us in our Spiritual Battles.
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Mal 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
But we, the saints of God, as are marines, are also trained to stand on our own and to fight our battles as well;
All of this comes to us as a result of God’s Holy Spirit being part of us and the fruits of His Spirit, culminating in Agape Love, working in us. We truly have an Esprit de Corps greater than any. It is the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit working in us that gives us this connection in a similar but even greater way than the marines because God lives in us through His Holy Spirit and empowers us to fight this Spiritual Battle that we have been called to.
Notice these fruits of God’s Spirit given to us;
These Spiritual Tools or Gifts enable us to stand up against the pulls of the flesh and to overcome them, just as a marine has to go through basic training to put the flesh into combat shape and learn the skills to defeat his enemies just so we have to do likewise.
Using these tools made available to us from God’s Spirit we have to put down our flesh and train hard to learn how to apply God’s laws in our life to defeat a determined enemy. We have to have our senses “exercised” as do the marines to learn to see the enemy and defeat him;
(Heb 5:14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
This physical life that we live has been likened to a spiritual womb where we are growing to full growth at the resurrection where we become Born Again Spirit Beings with Christ.
Comparing it to this conversation we could easily liken it to a Spiritual Warrior’s Boot Camp.
We are being trained and strengthened to use the weapons and tools that God has given us so that when we graduate we are indeed Spiritual Warriors and part of the Hosts of Heaven at Christ’s return to earth.
Another reason for a marines confidence is the fact that he has learned to skillfully use and has confidence in the weapons of warfare that he has been given.
In the same way we have been given tools of warfare with which to defeat Satan and his forces in battle. Notice again these weapons of warfare that God has given us;
(Eph 6:11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(Eph 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(Eph 6:13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(Eph 6:14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(Eph 6:15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(Eph 6:16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Notice another tool of our warfare that God Himself uses;
Isa_ 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
Notice that it was God Himself who used Zeal as a weapon of war.
We can also put our confidence in these powerful tools of Spiritual Warfare.
You can even take the analogy out a bit further. One part of the confidence a marine has is that he can always call in help from other elements of his Corp to aid him in victory. Just as he can call for support from air and artillery, we have God’s Spirit in us as a wellspring of additional strength and we could through prayer and supplication conceivably call down Legions of Angels, if the need be, to ensure our victory as well.
All of this overwhelming confidence of the US Marine expressed so succinctly in the term ” OoRah!” is more than matched in the fruits that we have from having the in dwelling of God’s Holy Spirit and can be expressed by our own AMEN!
We have only to have that courage and confidence demonstrated by the marine term “ OoRah!” to step out onto the battle field and God will cause us to prosper and answer our own Amen(Yes Lord);
(Jos 1:7) Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
In fact our God tells us that No weapon formed against us will prosper in (Isa 54:17)
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Now seeing that we are called to be part of the First Fruits of God’s Harvest, let us look to our calling now in this Laodicean Era of God’s Church. Let us see ourselves as part of the Elite Corp of God’s First Fruits, part of the General Assembly of the church of the Firstborn as Paul tells us in
(Heb 12:23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Let us undertake the mission that God has given us to do. To prepare ourselves as the bride of Christ to show by our fruits what God wants His people to be about. Let us step forward with one voice to give OUR AMEN or OoRah! To God’s commission and calling for us.
We are forming up before God, He is preparing His bride to be an elite ruling cadre in the Kingdom of God and if we respond in time, to protect us from the wrath of Satan that is coming. Let us be an example to our brethren that they might turn back to Christ in time to be accounted worthy that Christ might pull them out of the fire and save their eternal lives. Let us rely heavily on our training and the weapons that God has provided because we know that satan will resist our efforts.
Christ is coming soon. Malichi 3:16-18 pictures God preparing His Jewels and taking note of their actions now. God’s Spirit is working in us now to help us prepare for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together because it is the interaction between brethren that instills that team spirit and increases the power of God’s Spirit within us.
If you do not have the means to fellowship physically with God’s people then use the Fellowship opportunities that this site offers you until you can find a suitable church group to fellowship with.
Stir up the gifts of God’s Spirit within you, let that Team Spirit of being a part of the Body of Christ rise in you to develop the Zeal that is missing in so many of our brethren.
Answer the Knock of Jesus Christ by repenting and adding true Zeal to your life tap into that Spiritual esprit de corps that is part of the church of the First Born sons of God. Rev 3:19-20