Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine

“Let the weak man say, 'I am a warrior!'”   (Joel 4:10)

Sometimes we tend to forget that we are a militant Church, and that the Body of Christ is an army.  We, as Church, are God’s army, constantly in battle against powers that are unseen to us, though not to God.  We are His army and the battle belongs to Him.

The number one weapon He has given us to fight the battle is militant intercessory prayer.  There is no more powerful weapon against the enemy, because intercessory prayer moves God’s hand.  In Hebrews 8:6, Paul tells us that Jesus, Who sits at the right hand of the Father, has entered into a far more excellent ministry, that of intercession.  Paul was aware that he was involved in a battle.  He had probably received insights into the militant nature of intercessory prayer.  He considered himself a soldier, and all his letters reflect this insight.

In Exodus 15:3, we read, “The Lord is a warrior.”  This same image is repeated in many places throughout Scripture.  Saint Paul uses this imagery in his letter to the Philippians 2:25, “I suppose it necessary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor and fellow soldier.”  Do we think of each other as fellow soldiers?  In 2 Timothy 2:3, he says, “Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”  Though we are more comfortable with the idea of Church as family, Saint Paul likened the Church more to an army than a family.  We must get comfortable with our identity as a militant Church.  I looked up the meaning of the word “army”.  Here is the dictionary definition of the word: ‘A body of persons organized, armed and trained for war to advance a cause’.  That sounds a lot like what God wants to do with us.  We too are a body of persons.  We are preparing for battle.

Look at the Church again, in the light of its identity as a militant Church.  Is the Church organized?  Is this massive Body of Christ organized?  Yes, it really is, because it has a Head, a Commander, and the Head is Jesus Christ.  Though the Church is made up of many parts, we are in fact, one Body.

“Blessed be the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war”  (Ps 144:1)