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.

An Urgent Word for Prophets: God, Save Us!

Who among you prophets has been feeling abnormally anxious and heavy these past weeks? The pain is real and the fear is real. I want to talk about several dreams I have had this past week to show you that you, too, may have been wounded demonically in the spirit and may be suffering from the consequences. I pray that you will let God’s angels come and tend to your needs like they did to Elijah in the cave. I pray that you will heal and be able to rise up, wearing your full armor of God. One simple “save me, God!” will suffice!

In the first dream, I had a beautiful golden retriever whose name was Sacred. I knew she liked water, so I wanted to take our water hose from the front yard and hold it up so that the water could rain down on her. I knew that Sacred would have fun with it and I called my family members to come and watch. However, as soon as I was outside our front door, I saw two birds falling from the sky. Everything happened in an instant: an ugly, naked bird which had legs like a human being had one knee on the neck of a brown eagle and crash-landed on the eagle’s neck with a sickening, thumping sound. I still remember me and my dog looking up startled as the ugly bird turned his face towards us. I immediately shouted to my family and Sacred to get inside and tried to barricade the door but the door would not shut! The demonic bird flew in and stabbed me in my stomach. I then woke up from the dream.

In the second dream, which I had about two days after the first one, I saw my father (who represented God in the dream) bind a crocodile and shoving dirt into its mouth so that it would suffocate to death. The crocodile was Leviathan. I, however, thought that it was too cruel the way my father dealed with him and wanted to help the crocodile. My father then became angry and rebuked me, saying that it needed to be this way and that this beast had to die.

As I brought these dreams before God in prayer, I realized that Sacred was the new prophetic ministry I had launched about a week ago. I was too excited about it that I forgot what danger lurks “out there” still in the spirit realm – I wanted to bring the ministry out and show off before my family members. I was not able to fully shut the door and allowed the demonic spirit to come in because of my fear. I was afraid after what I had seen and had allowed the enemy to intimidate me! Moreover, I was not wearing my full armor which would have prevented the wound.

I went through intense warfare these past few days where I felt anxiety and fear like never before. I did not realize that the enemy wanted to keep me away from God by making me feel disappointed and abandoned by my Father in Heaven. Yesterday I saw Him at my bedside, looking worried about me and asking me to let Him in. But I somehow could not open up my heart towards Him. It was very unusual for me, it almost felt like I was not being myself. I asked God to help me open up towards Him. Then, a few moments later, I started crying tears of healing. I felt fire on my entire body and saw that an angel was tending to the wound on the right side of my stomach. I then realized that I had indeed been wounded in the first dream. I had been spiritually weak and fragile because of the wound! I kept crying but it felt good. God healed me last night.

The second dream about Leviathan, however, also showed that there was still compromise in my life. I wrote about this before in “Women of God, Behead Mr. Goliath” but I’m sure there are many women out there who sometimes find it too cruel to kill off certain strongmen in our lives. We LET them harrass us because of unbelief about what God says about us, how valuable we are in His eyes – in this way, we give room to the evil crocodile, Leviathan, to harm us. (I’ve been having weird breathing problems for almost three weeks now and we all know that Leviathan can work by wrapping around our body.) Prophets, we cannot be prideful anymore. We cannot experiment with pride anymore, pride FEEDS Leviathan. Let God feed it with dirt instead! Be humble like a child who is totally dependent on the Father and knows himself or herself fully loved and cherished. As you choose to let go of your own ways and trying to do things on your own, even trying to earn God’s love and favor, you will notice how the confinement breaks in the spirit.

So what do we do with this knowledge? First, if you haven’t yet, just ask God to save you. Just one simple “Abba, Father!” or “Jesus, save me!” will do. He will come. Ask Him to heal you from the wounds that have been inflicted in the unseen realm that keep you from operating in full strength. Repent from pride and not wearing the full armor of God, being a faithful watcher. My dear prophet brother and sister, let us not engage with self-destructive behaviors by not believing our Father what He says about us! I ask God for refreshment and new oil for us which will make His fire burn stronger and stronger in us. You ARE a prophet and a prophetess of God. The enemy may try to silence our voices by placing his knee on our necks but even if we fall, WE WILL RISE UP AGAIN AND AGAIN! We have the power of resurrection in us, don’t we? In Jesus’ mighty name I prophesy that that brown eagle will rise up to life again!

Bless you!!

27/04/2021
Seulji Chung