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Gods Armor-Bearer Meekness and Militancy
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Last week, Rev. Brown talked to us about the concept Arm-Bearing found within the letters of ArmorBearing. He did a great job. My job is to take that a little further this week. For us, from the beginning God has trained us to be more servant-minded ahead of militancy minded. He communicated to us the pattern He wanted is more gracious and less prone to sling the sheep around in correction as I see some do. Yes, militancy and meekness each have a role to play in our service but following the leading of the Holy Spirit, He has inspired us to lean more into servanthood until now.
For example, the painting that's on the front of our early books, In the Spirit of Armorbearing, the original book, small group study guide and the devotional, of Moses with Priest Aaron and Levite Hur holding up the man of God's arms shows what the basic concept and focus of our ministry involves, servanthood.
Even so, you can notice in that painting there was an actual physical battle going on below with Moses' assistant Joshua leading. So we can't just leave the militant side out. In our modern day battle of faith, we still seek the same balance of worshipper and warrior.
Rev. Brown discussed fully the balancing of might and meekness we're called to in the fourth book of the Armorbearer Training Series, In The Spirit of Leadership: God's Mighty Men and Women. In this book, we finally felt released to focus on our militant side as Christians, leaders and armorbearers.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying everyone has to be like us. For we know each local church has its own makeup, ministry focus and the armorbearers should flow accordingly. But I am saying, for those who follow us and listen to us, it's a good pattern to lay.
Meekness and Militancy
For instance, not long ago we spoke to a group where their whole team was comprised of currently employed and retired police officers. We spoke to them about translating the same brotherhood and sisterhood principles they use on the Blue Force to the Kingdom. We encouraged them to let God make them (their team) one.
We discussed God's call for the balance of meekness and militancy in their roles as armorbearers. For, their leader had explained to us they needed encouragement and instruction in embracing the graciousness and the fruit of the Spirit of gentleness.
Because of who they are as officers, some of them found it difficult to relax and be gentle with God's sheep. Not saying they were mean, they just were not allowing that side to move forward. So let me say again, they each have a place but it should be a balanced expression of the dual roles of meekness and militancy. In my opinion, meekness should be first.
The Meek War Horse
As you know, Webster's definition of meekness is described as being powerless, weak, passive and more. In the Kingdom of God, meekness is described as 'strength under control.' To bring more clarity to this discussion, let me tell you a story about the Greek word praus (prah-oos΄) I discovered in my study.
I found out the Greek army's selection of their war horses showed the beautiful mix we should have of meekness and militancy in Christ. In fact, as always Christ is our supreme example. Meaning He is our best example of meekness.
Back to that story, the Greeks among other things are known for their horses, specifically their war horses. The Greek army would search out as many as they could muster of the wildest horses in the mountains. They would bring them all back to be broken in.
After weeks and months of training, they divided the horses into separate categories: some were done away with, some were seen as strong; they were broken in and used for bearing burdens, some were delegated for normal use and a few elite were chosen as war horses.
Now when a horse met all the requirements for a war horse, its condition was described as ‘praus,’ (meek). The war horse had ‘strength under control’ or ‘power under authority.’
The war horse was still forceful, powerful, strong and passionate. However, through discipline, it learned to bring its nature under control. The horse gave up being untamed, unmanageable, out of control and rebellious. A war horse learned to bring its powerful nature under control.
Now with the slightest touch from the rider, it would respond. It would stay calm in the face of cannon fire, charge into battle and stop at a whisper or the slightest touch from its rider. It was now considered ‘meek - strength under control.’
Simply put the word praus, "meekness," means "power under control." Praus was used by the Greeks for a elite war horse that was trained to obey in an instant, no matter how confusing the battle became.
And praus is used in the Kingdom of God explaining how we as armorbearers and Christians in general should be meek, having the authority and power of Christ at our disposal, yet we willingly operate with kindness, graciousness, gentleness at the slightest leading of the Holy Spirit.
I Charge You To Balance Meekness and Militancy
Our greatest model Jesus told us "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth." When Pilate said, "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"' Perhaps he didn't know it but he was marveling at Jesus' meekness. At any point in time, He (Jesus) could have called for legions of angels to rescue Him. But He was meek. He had His infinite power under control. Now with hind sight, we know He was submitted to our Father God's process, the Cross.
O.k., I hear you. Some of you are asking, all that's well and good. But how does that apply to me and armorbearing. Here's how it applies to us. In the violent times we live in, it has to be a balanced measure of both meekness and militancy, graciousness and firmness.
After all, we are in an army of God. God's word is not called the sword of the Spirit for nothing. As when the Ephesians' and Corinthian writers instructed us, For we are not fighting against the people as our enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly warfare. And the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthian 10:4,5
We have to be willing to be led by God's Spirit to walk in the character of the new man in Christ exercising humility, gentleness and meekness in the midst of a battle of faith. Then knowing by the Spirit of God when to rise up as warriors of faith and fight with weapons of God that are not carnal.
The writer of Ephesians 4:2 wrote, "With all lowliness and gentleness with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
or the Colossians writer in 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.
I encourage you when you take care of God's house, He will take care of yours. I give you a charge today. I charge you to walk in balance with meekness and militancy. I charge you to become gracious. I charge you man and woman of God—to never give up. I charge you to be faithful to the man and woman of God; be faithful to the Church of God and most of all be faithful to your relationship with God.
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