Rejoice, Soldiers of God!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
(Philippians 4:4)

This post is going to be a bit long, so please bear with me. There will be a lot of bible verses to read. But I believe that the Lord wants to convey something beautiful through this – a noble cause we are invited to pursue and remember. I’m sure that many have read the bible verse above and even know it by heart. Yet how do we rejoice? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I want to share some things God has been teaching me these past few weeks regarding this issue and I warn you ahead that this is not for the wishy-washy. This is for the soldiers, the good, committed ones!

If you have ever watched the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you may remember the battle speech of King Théoden. The Riders of Rohan ride non-stop for days and days to finally arrive at the war scene where humankind is facing the fate of near defeat against the dark forces of evil. I know you’re wondering why I’m talking about the Lord of the Rings all of a sudden but I ask you to first watch this scene to the end (or at least read the speech that is written out in the description):

Did you get goosebumps, too? How do you feel about them shouting “Death!” after their King? How do you feel about the faces of the orcs at the very end when they realize these soldiers are not afraid of anything? Look at the chaos and fear that sets into their camp as the riders approach!

Now I’m not here to only talk about the Lord of the Rings. But I’m here to talk about God’s army. I’m here to talk about soliders. We all know who the King of this army is: our King Jesus Christ, our Lord! And who are His soliders? His disciples – US, if you consider yourself a follower of Christ, too!

In his letter to his “son” Timothy, the Apostle Paul writes this:

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

2. Timothy 2:3-4

And again, a Roman centurion in the days of Jesus states this simple fact about order within the army:

But (Lord), say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go’, and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.

Luke 7:7b-8

Now imagine yourself being in this situation like the soliders in the movie clip; your King orders you to fight unto death for victory. How are you going to react? Hear this:

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?”
(Hebrews 12:4-7)

Do you know how many times He encourages us to rejoice in suffering? (1. Peter 4:13; James 1:2; Romans 5:3-5 etc.)

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things …”
(Colossians 3:5-8a)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
(Matthew 16:24)

“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 the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(Ephesians 6:12)

See, this is my plea to my brothers and sisters to endure with me and to rejoice with me in suffering with Christ for the Heavenly Kingdom! There is a renewal of the mind happening as we thank Him for discipline and learn to rejoice always. Because ultimately, we will have a heavenly reward of eternal life and bliss and joy! When we set our minds on things above, we realize that there is hope in resurrection. We realize that there are things eternal which we cannot see (yet) but in which we must believe so that we will partake in it!

The Lord shared with me that this year would be a year of renewal. We will learn to have pleasure and delight in obedience and following His command, His ways only. As Paul says, good soldiers really seek to only please the commanding officer. Everything that distracts them are put aside for the sake of Christ! So coming back to the question of how we continue rejoicing like He commands us to do: We remember who we are – His children – and that we are part of His army. We fear God when He says that there is life in doing what He says: to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves; to forgive, have compassion, be generous, gentle, humble and meek. To go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20). For this, we forsake any distraction, any “civilian affairs” and put to death our selfish, fleshly desires by the power of the Holy Spirit. We cut ties with any signs of lust, sexual immorality, evil desires, greed, and impurity. We constantly come to Him FIRST for refuge, healing and deliverance. We truly ABIDE in Him!

The Breath of God is coming from all four winds to revive the army of God! He has been calling them from all around the world because the fulfillment of His promises are near! He told us to always keep our lamps burning. Is your lamp burning? Do you have oil to keep it burning this season? If not, repent and seek mercy! He is faithful and just to forgive when we confess our sins (1. John 1:9).

We must be ready, Christians! We must prepare the way for the RETURN OF THE KING. So rejoice, soldiers of God! Rejoice! He has taught us how to! Grab your weapons, day and night! Fast, worship, pray and read His word, day and night! Do not let sin overtake you. Do not let darkness override you. We serve a God who is God. He is God.

Amen. Glory to Him.

Prophetic Word: WORLD WAR

“You are working in all the hidden places”

These days I keep waking up very early in the morning, disrupted in my sleep and having difficulties to breathe. I’ve been fighting allergic asthma since the beginning of this year. What is interesting is that I found out this past week that some of my brothers and sisters in Christ “suddenly” developed similar symptoms over the past few years. The Lord is revealing certain things to me and I felt led to share a few things (including a dream I have had recently). It’s a divine hour we’re in. He has highlighted three things to me:

  1. The Lord is gathering His children from the east and the west (Isaiah 43:5). His command: FEAR NOT. He’s doing it, He’s gathering us. We’re in this critical hour together, the army of the Lord (there are some Christian leaders deceiving themselves to be a part of the army but no, there are only a handful. Most are the masses, the “civilians” who need protection. If you are unsure, pray to God and ask Him if you are part of the army or not, lest you get yourself into unnecessary pain when it’s not your role to fight upfront). We are literally in a “World War”, I heard it in the Spirit in the dream. I saw war planes shooting through the sky towards our camp. Our civilians were in fear and looking out of the window. The enemy is doing his best to pluck us out of intimacy with Christ by striking our physical and mental health. His goal? To intimidate us into FEARFUL RESTLESSNESS. You have heard the Lord’s command, His strategy against this raging attack of a storm: FEAR NOT. Remember the sun coming out after a storm passes by. Keep lifting up your eyes to Jesus. Right now, to us Christ is given. I see the bronze serpent raised on a pole and everyone just needs to look up in faith to be healed. Everyone who keeps looking up towards Christ shall receive help and healing, again and again. They shall not fail. I decree in Jesus’ name that they shall live and declare the good works of the Lord.
  2. The army of the Lord is in a pivotal hour, the enemy keeps making fatal blows and keeps mocking us. But I see a young man planting lavender around a military house that still stands at the border of our promised land. The enemy seeks to attack this house (in fact, he’s in the midst of it). I see the young warrior planting lavender as a sign of resistance against the enemy – a young girl had died, her signature was lavender and the enemy thought that her meaning would die with her if he kills her. But no, even if she’s taken out of this world (and she rests in peace with our Father in Heaven), the testimony of Christ in her life persists: lavender, the sign of healing and purification. The military house was surrounded and surrounded by lavender. “(By His stripes) We are healed.” “We are purified.” See, this point is about INTERCESSION. And it’s not for everyone. It’s for those in the army, especially those in higher rank like Daniel and Moses. Daniel 9, God told me after the dream. Right now He is willing to give understanding to those who are willing to REPENT on behalf of the family of Christ all around the world like Daniel did for Israel in Daniel 9. Ask the Lord if this point is for you.  
  3. Finally, Isaiah 63:7 keeps being one of THE major weapons we use at this hour. He keeps telling me this all throughout the year. The Lord is purging. It’s the refining. He is working in all the hidden places. I repeat, HE IS WORKING IN ALL THE HIDDEN PLACES. Never stop declaring His goodness, praising Him and telling the world of His many kindnesses. According to His grace and mercy He has sustained us, protected us, and led us so far. How great and awesome is our God! I see golden fist globes, so dauntingly firm and made of pure gold which will punch the bones out of the enemy’s strongmen as we obey and honor His deeds. And those are the faces of our soldiers who have learned to rely solely on the Holy Spirit: serene. Tranquil. At peace. Bold. Smirking with confidence. They are being called deeper into greater dependence on the Spirit. Rest and peace is their portion, the enemy cannot take the joy that they have from God Himself.

Beware of lurking spies trying to walk in and out of your territory. Take them out in authority, prophets! Bind them and their “babies”! (I saw a commander of the enemy walk out of our military house with a baby tied to his chest and his face was full of mockery, thinking this place was already his and he could walk in and out like that. Do not LET them continue). I speak lastly again to the prophets: use the gift of prophecy you have received and do it in faith as a faithful manager in the Kingdom of God. Get low and He will raise you up. Get low, humble yourself before God even if it hurts. Do it for Him, do it for the Kingdom of God. Do it for all the souls who are at the brink of failing right now! Repent and get low and remember to praise Him for all His deeds, no matter how small! And no matter how small or big: PROPHESY!

10/23/2021
Seulji Chung