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Shammah got up and got dressed…

Put on his armour…came out of the tent, and then assembled with the rest of the army, as the rams horns sounded and vibrated through the valley, for the Philistine army was marching towards their campsite.

As Shammah looked across the valley, the hordes of the Philistines filled his vision, but he remembered the Lord would fight on the side of Israel if they would be of good courage as he commanded Joshua his forefather.

Standing there, though he could hear the whispers among the other men, whispers of fear… for the Philistine army was far greater than theirs, he remembered the stories of Jonathan and his young armour bearer…

He remembered Eleazar’s stand with King David at Pas Dammin…

He remembered the great and mighty deeds of the Lord, but as the army marched out into the valley floor, the whispers began to grow… “David is not with us” they were saying… “where is the King”… “the army is too great for us”.

Shammah looked around and sure enough his King was not on the field yet –

They were not yet ready… they had not formed their battle formation, and the Philistines are charging.

No one was there to lead… Joab was not around –

And so in confusion, the army of Israel fled… but Shammah stood his ground.

His King may not be there, his commander may not be there, but he is… he is here… and he will give a good account of himself before the Lord this day.

For this was his day to stand and defend what no other would stand and defend, and so defend it he would …alone, in the sight of God.

So elect – who is to say what lies ahead in the days of distress which may come upon us like a flood of Philistines.

And though we may have been training, and though we may have been prepared… who is to say, what is to come –

What will each of us do if we find our King has not arrived, and our commander is not on the field.

What will determine the day elect, is not what the army will do, nor is it whether our commander is there, or whether our King is there –

What will determine the day, is whether we who are there, take our stand like Shammah, and account ourselves well before the Lord, showing no fear to our enemies.

For as Paul wrote:

“Stand firm in one spirit and in one soul, contending as one man, triumphing together through and for the faith of the gospel… without being frightened, so that in nothing are you terrified in any way by those who oppose you, for this is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved – saved even by God Himself.”

For the Lord did not give us a spirit of fear nor did He give us a spirit of timidity… but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.

For it has been granted to us on behalf of Christ, to not only believe on Him, not only trust in Him, but granted also the privilege of suffering for Him.

For even as the ‘Book of Wars’ is being opened for us now and the details of the weapons, the details of the tactics, and even the details of the personnel are being made known to us…

All of this is superfluous… all this needless, if each of us do not individually take our stand as Shammah did.

For it is not whether we win –

It is not whether the Lord delivers us –

It is whether we give a good account of ourselves against the enemies of God, in the sight of God.

For we judge no one, and are judged by no one… but by God and God alone.

For we speak not on our own to gain honour and glory for ourselves, nor are we working for our own glory, but for the glory and honour of the One whom the Father has sent –

For Shammah was not sent as much as he took his stand –

So likewise, when you are an elect of the Lord the Holy Spirit, you need no sending but need to take your stand –

For if he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth, and there is nothing false about him …so then what of the one who works for the honour of the One sent by God ?

What is such a person ? HE IS GREATER THAN A MAN OF TRUTH –

HE IS A MAN OF HONOUR, for as he honours so he will be honoured.

So likewise, the forefather of the elect, the chief prince of our tribe, Paul the apostle… when all the other apostles were led astray by the men from James, he took his stand alone and he kept his stand that day… which is why to this day, salvation by grace through faith remains the treasure in the field of the Lord –

Just like Shammah, who defended his field on that day.

Shammah, who when he took his stand in that field, he knew that his blood would soon join the blood of Abel that was spilt so long ago by his brother Cain.

For Shammah knew all men came from Adam and after Adam came from the sons of Noah …and so are not all men brothers ?

So then why… why, do we shed each other’s blood.

But still Shammah stood on that lonely hill ready for his blood to join the blood of his brother Abel, and alone he defended that field that day… in the sight of God …and struck the Philistines down, and in him taking his stand, and giving a good account of himself before God, allowed the Lord to bring about a great victory… the depth of its riches, the riches of its treasure, held in reserve for the day when all is revealed for the glory and honour of the One who sent Him …the One who sent our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is the victory cry… who alone is the consummate VICTORY of His Father and His God… our Father and our God.

For, elect, we are not much different from Shammah, not much different from Paul.

For Paul would never have been given the opportunity of the honour he was given if all the others did what they were supposed to do…

And Shammah would not have had his opportunity of honour if the army of Israel did not turn and run…

So now, you who are the elect of the Lord, be of good courage – do not be distressed – do not be distracted.

Do not be concerned of the failings of others, for their failings have given you your day of glory –

And it will come, when like Shammah, you will stand on that lonely hill and defend it against the Philistines of your day.

For hence, it is not whether it is 100 or 1,000 or 1 million of us… what matters is if you have determined like Shammah, to stand and give a good account of yourself before God.

So, gird up –

Tighten the braces –

Grip the shield of faith even tighter –

Squeeze your hand around the sword of the Spirit and look at the enemy as one that you truly are – One who can never die because JESUS LIVES !

JESUS LIVES ! …so be prepared for the soon arrival of the King of the Kingdom, as His Kingdom comes on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Read the word even if you have read it 100 times before –

Practise, even if you have practised 100 times before… and keep practising even if you have succeeded 1,000 times before.

For if you must keep practising even if you have succeeded, then how much more do you need to practise if you have yet not succeeded.

For it is not the enemies of the Lord that you need to fear facing, but rather it is the returning saints of the first resurrection you need to fear.

For by them, by their faith, by their works, all will be judged by the Lord.

For they were faithful, even unto death.

And to stay alive until the end you must be worthy to greet those who are coming back.

So raise your standards and settle for nothing less than perfection of justice, perfection of mercy, and perfection of faithfulness, for our King arrives… triumphant and in all the splendour of His Kingdom …for He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels –

Our King who is called Faithful and True arrives, and with justice He will judge, and with justice He will make war…

So take your stand and remain faithful and true until the end that you may be counted as worthy to greet Our King… even worthy to greet the returning saints and to then be counted worthy enough to take part in the first resurrection with them… and so reign with them, with our King, who in the splendour of His coming again in the flesh, will destroy the lawless one, just as it will only take the breath of His mouth to overthrow him –

Overthrow and destroy he who contrived and plotted and schemed without mercy, without justice… being faithful only to himself, as he forged his plan to murder the King of God’s Kingdom.

Plans to murder He who is …the Lord INVINCIBLE IN BATTLE …the Lord God who is our INVINCIBLE ARMY.

Murder is on his mind and in his heart, but we remain absolute in our faith in God …we remain with absolute faith in God –

For it is written “it takes faith to please God” …and all who are working for the soon return of our King all want to please God…

But yet the consequences of pleasing God is that men will hate you and want to kill you, as they did first to Abel …and as they then did so unmercifully to Jesus… for with Him alone, with Jesus alone God was not only pleased… but with Him God was WELL PLEASED, and so Jesus also had to suffer the consequences of what has to happen when God is not only pleased with you, but when Your God is more than pleased… when He is well pleased with You.

And so as we stand now on the precipice of our King’s imminent arrival we must be ready to take our stand like Shammah – like Paul – in the field we are defending, regardless of whether our King has arrived or whether our commander is with us on the field.

Take our stand for mercy, for justice, for faithfulness… and in loyal defiance stand opposed to all and sundry who raise their hand, who raise their voice, who raise their spear, who raise their throne up against our King… for we stand already covered in His blood, the blood He shed for the forgiveness of our sins …we stand already covered in His blood, for by His blood He purchased our freedom that we might reign with Him in His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.

For the Word was made flesh and stood amongst us that we might stand, alone, for the glory and honour of the One who sent He who is the Word made flesh …for whether we are with all in that field or are alone in that field… we are in Christ united in motive, one in obedience… with harmony of thought, word and action –

For we stand in and by the power of the Truth of the Word of God and have determined in our heart, soul, and mind, that we will, with all our might stand like Shammah, and defend the treasure in the field, and give a good account of ourselves on that day before God… showing no fear of those who oppose us.

And even though we fly the banner of love high above our heads, it is no way a statement that all is forgiven by God, that all is forgotten by God, that all escape the wrath of God… for it is only those who believe in the Name of God’s One and only Son who shall not perish but have eternal life.

For those who do not believe in the Name of God’s One and only Son stand condemned already.

Stand condemned already, for by their own unbelief they have already condemned themselves.

So know elect, that blessed are you to see and hear what others have longed to see and longed to hear… for that is the privilege beyond worth.

So do not be concerned with the little troubles of today, but appreciate the privilege you have been given, so that on that day when you are left alone to defend your field of lentils, you WILL take your stand without fear of the enemy who opposes you and WILL be a sign to them that they are being destroyed and you are being saved even by God Himself, and in doing so, give a good account of yourself in the sight of God, that you may be found worthy to greet not only the returning saints on their arrival back to this Earth, but to greet Jesus Christ Himself… found worthy to be called up to meet your King and Lord in the clouds of glory as He returns to bring salvation to those who are eagerly awaiting Him… even to those who have remained alive even though they should have died for men hated them and wanted to kill them for by their faith in God, God was pleased with them.

So lift up the standard by which you measure and be measured by the ONLY standard worth being measured by – The One and Only JESUS CHRIST …the One the Father sent…

Jesus THE Man, THE king, THE warrior…

For He is the most Elegant One – the most elegant of all men, the most elegant of all kings, the most elegant of all warriors.

Gentle humility wrapped in full power manifesting with all gentleness and all humility, IS TRUE ELEGANCE from God’s perspective, and true elegance can only be seen, can only be heard, when we listen to Jesus and watch our King and be transformed, even transfigured by the true elegance of the WARRIOR INVINCIBLE… the true invincibility of the most elegant of Warriors.

So gird yourself well and be accountable to no one but God Himself, for as it was in the beginning so it will be in the end –

For as it was in the beginning God said “Let there be light” …and out of that light He made the Heavens and the Earth… so in the end God will say again “Let there be light” and out of that light He will make the New Heavens and New Earth.

For when this present Earth and Heavens are destroyed by fire every single star, every one of them will explode and in that explosion once more there will be light… so as it was in the beginning so it shall be in the end… for out of that explosion of light will come the New Heavens and the New Earth.

The light formed once more, and all things are made new –

And so as it was, so it will be again forevermore from eternity to eternity, and our God and Father will have what He has purposed from this creation by His word, and He will move on to His next creation …and so He will be who HE WILL BE as HE IS WHO HE IS.

But make no mistake about it, the glory and the splendour of His next creation will make the glory and splendour of this creation like the grass of the fields.

And so remember, we have merely learned one drop of an ocean of an oceans of an oceans worth of wisdom, knowledge and understanding of He who knows the end from the beginning, of He who says “Let there be light”… and there is light…

So elect, be focussed – and remain focussed, letting nothing nor no one distract you, for it is now the time for the return of our KING and the return of all the saints with Him and it must consume the thoughts of our hearts and minds… for only then will we learn to be like Shammah who got up and got dressed…

Put on his armour, came out of the tent, and then assembled with the rest of the army, as the rams horns sounded and vibrated through the valley, for the Philistine army was marching towards their campsite.

And to always remember what will determine that day for each of us individually as we stand to defend the ground the Lord has given us to defend …that it is not what the army will do, is not whether our commander is there, nor whether our King is there –

What will determine the day elect, is whether we who are there, take our stand like Shammah and account ourselves well before the Lord, showing no fear to our enemies, being not alarmed by our opponents, for it is a sign of their destruction, a sign of your salvation – that you are being saved – even by God Himself.

So prepare yourself well …prepare yourself in such a way you have no fear, not even the fear of facing the returning saints of the first resurrection.

For as they were faithful even unto death, so we honour them by remaining alive even until the end, that we all may reign with Christ together.

For we live because JESUS CHRIST LIVES – the same Jesus Christ who has come in the flesh… the same Jesus Christ who is now returning in the flesh.

So praise be to God who knows the end from the beginning and reveals what He is about to do to those who work for the glory and honour of the One who sent Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, the Son of God.

Jesus Christ the Lord Invincible in Battle, the Lord God our Invincible Army…

So what can we say… elect… but HAIL KING JESUS… LONG LIVE THE KING !

AMEN.

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