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A Weapon Hardly Ever Used

Posted Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 10:30 AM

Zachariah 4:10 says, "Who can despise the day of small things?" Folks may despise those who oppose wickedness and especially the evil of alcohol as being some radical fringe group, hardly large enough to create any change. Our weapons in the Culture War are not carnal but are spiritual. Paul gives us a list of those weapons and armor in Ephesians 6:10-18. Prayer, both intercessory and imprecatory, is our greatest weapon when accompanied by the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and by the Shield of Faith.

But there is yet another weapon to accompany prayer. It is the anointing oil. Most of us are familiar with James Chapter 5:14,15 which says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." But there is yet another puropose for the anointing oil.

Isaiah 10:27 (KJV) says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Several translations add the word, oil to anointing. Alcohol is just one example of a mighty yoke of bondage. But there is a weapon that can break that yoke! The anointing oil, accompanied by prayer is the weapon that can destroy that yoke of bondage!

Carrie nations used an axe to destroy the places which sold the awful yoke of alcohol. Well, she may have done more harm than good. Vigilantism is never right and usually has the opposite effect. Generally, vigilantism puts a bad mark on what is supposed to be a good cause. We Pro-lifers have really been hurt by the idiotic and tragic burnings of abortion clinics and killing of abortion doctors. Two wrongs never make a right!

So, with the whole armor of God, with prayer and some anointing oil, we can break the yokes of bondage. We can pray for an end to the awful bondage of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pronography, abortion, etc. We can pray for the those addicted to such things. We can pray for the victims, family members and friends who suffer the consequences of such yoke of bondage. We can pray for those who continue to sell those things that harm bodies, souls, and our community, that they will be convicted of what they are doing and will somehow stop their actions.

As Christian soldiers, let us avail ourselves of the entire spiritual armory!

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Ephesians 6:

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Moses rod, Samson's donkey jawbone, and David's sling all have something in common. The all were what was on hand.

The rod Moses had was standard tools of the trade for his occupaion. But when Moses came to the place where GOD could use him the ordinary became extraordinary. Still happens today.

When Samson's enemies were rejoicing as they finally had him in the place they wanted him he broke free from the ropes binding him and grabbed what was nearby, the jawbone of a donkey. He was so ill-prepared but not nearly as much as the Philistines that day. It was amazing what GOD was able to do with Samson in spite of his flaws. Still happens today.

David, little David. While his big brothers were playing with makeshift swords and spears growing up David was writng songs and playing with his "slingshot". How embarassing it must have been for his father, family. So David was put out of sight tending a small flock of sheep. But even in obscurity away from the spotlight David glorified GOD in the place where he was. And when GOD decided He had enough of a loudmouth named Goliath it was David, by far the least qualified, He used. David did what no one else would do. Still happens today.

So the weapon seldom used is not something we do not have or have access to. We each have unique ablities or talents GOD can use. Often wrapped-up in the ordinary.

Psalm 46:1(KJV) GOD is our refuge and strength, a very "present" help in trouble.

Romans 12:1(KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye "present" your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Look at Psalm 46(whole chapter) and Romans 12:1 with the thought of a weapon seldom used.

Salvation is a gift. Being a "present" from GOD for others is a weapon seldom used. In the midst of ordinary life extraordinary things happen. We seldom see or know. GOD does.


-- Posted by apureheart on Thu, Feb 9, 2012, at 5:24 PM

I love the poetry and the testimonial. God uses small things often: Moses rod, Sampson's jaw bone from a donkey, David's sling, and the list goes on. Jesus said that faith as a grain of mustard seed could remove a mountain. Just a small seed of kindness does wonders. And you know, we may never know this side of eternity how many of those seeds sprang up!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jan 31, 2012, at 4:06 PM

We see an empty field

GOD sees potential yield

We want results now

GOD begins to plow

We busily try to meet needs

GOD patiently plants seeds

We wish to have no pain

GOD sends refreshing rain

So often our agendas and timetables are completely ignored by GOD. While we fret over what is happening, not happening, GOD is working in ways we cannot see.

Examples...Jacob, Moses, Peter, Jonah

All had their moments of disgrace and distractions. Each found grace from GOD. And when GOD was in control not them they were used by GOD.

Still happens today.

A mother is trying to balance work, marriage, children, church and feels guilty she doesn't have a testimony that glorifies GOD.

A teen is tired of trying to live for GOD and failing.

An old man has his memories but is no longer able to do much for GOD.

So often in this life what we see as hindrances from the devil are opportunities from GOD.

Joseph suffered great injustices at the hands of others over a period of many years. Yet, he always believed GOD was in control of his life and continued to trust GOD thru it all. And was later able to say these words, "Ye meant it for evil but GOD meant it for good."

A weapon seldom used these days.

Living in a place where success is not measured by numbers but tears. Where GOD is glorified not by my great works but my humble life. Realizing that where I am is GOD's will and that this is my ministry not "out there".

So mother, thank-you for your ministry, invisible to others, valued greatly by GOD. And by those you touch and do not even realize.

So teen, thank-you for your ministry, having the courage to get back up and fight another day. You have no idea the impact you have on those around you.

So old man, thank-you for your ministry today, remaining faithful and strong in spirit tho the body weakens. And the wisdom you pass on to those who listen.

A weapon seldom used.

Psalm 91(kjv)

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

14(niv) "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

Years ago I was at a pool with a young son. He was playing with some toy. A bigger kid came along and took hold of it. I stood up behind my son and just looked at the bigger kid. He let go and went away. My son never even knew.

We have a heavenly Father.

What would happen if our prayer changed from, "GOD, I've got a problem" to "GOD, we've got a problem." And we let GOD handle it.

GOD never takes a problem from you that you won't let go of and He never lets go of you when you let go of your problem to Him.

And when your joy is being held by GOD despite what life may throw at you you have found the "secret place". That GOD is GOD, you are His, and you are living the life He has ordained.

Ordained is just a fancy way of saying GOD has put His hands on you, His Spirit in you, and there is a ceaseless supply of oil (Zachariah 4:6(AMP).

Enough to meet your need. More importantly, to meet the need of those to whom you are sent. Often, usually, being sent means staying where you are.

I don't have very much to show

But when GOD speaks I have to go

To places and situations I despise

Surrounded by half truths and full lies

And tho darkness mocks and berates

I hear in my Spirit GOD says waits

Planting seeds and then moving on

Seldom do I see them when they're grown

I don't have very much to show

I just plant seeds GOD makes them grow


-- Posted by apureheart on Tue, Jan 31, 2012, at 3:01 PM

We see an empty field

GOD sees potential yield

-- Posted by apureheart on Tue, Jan 31, 2012, at 12:54 PM

A great big Amen! Thankyou, Gordon for those words of truth. If more of us would allow God to use the "weapon hardly ever used" through us, oh what a change could be made in the hearts and lives around us.

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 4:03 PM

Who can despise the day of small things?

In the historical setting of these words, the beginning of the rebuilding of the temple there was definitely those who despised what Zerrubbalel

was doing.

He was upsetting the status quo. What he was doing was visibly offensive to those who wanted nothing to do with his god. And there were those who tried to hinder and undo what Zerrubbabel was doing.

Things haven't changed much over the past few thousand years.

Be a christian. Be quiet. Don't offend anyone. Just go to church and do all your religion there. But out in the real world where people live stay nice and cozy warm under your basket(Matthew 5:15).

But something happens when reading the word of GOD becomes a joy not a spiritual duty.

Seeds are planted.

Something happens when prayer becomes communication with the GOD you love not a spiritual obligation.

Seeds are planted.

Something happens when faith becomes F ull...A ssurance...I n...T he...H eart not a set of doctrines.

Seeds are planted.

Something happens when ministry (being a servant) is a way of life not an occupation for a select few.

Seeds are planted.

But you know what, Richard?

The life described above didn't just happen instantly but over the course of many years. There were setbacks, failures and bad choices. But there was also a G..od R..estoring A..nd C..leansing E..ntirely.

And so often, in person and online I have met christians who despise the life they live. They see themselves as failures because they do not live up to their expectations of what GOD wants. And all GOD wants is our heart. Once he has that the others things will come, eventually.

Kind of like the story where an orchard owner came across a fig tree and it should have been producing fruit by now but wasn't. He said cut it down but one of his servants said to wait and he would give it special attention, fertilize, prune, whatever. The owner agreed.

Today, when christians struggle or fail the world is quick to criticize. And sadly...

Her world fell apart and she found herself alone

When the crowd began to gather each person had a stone

...the most painful words often come from brothers and sisters.

Well, anyways Richard, I agree with the importance of small things.

The great task of rebuilding the temple referred to in Zechariah 4 began with "grunt work" in a hostile enviroment.

One example.

I had only been a christian for a year or two. Was with two brothers passing out tracts. They got into a deep theological debate over evolution. The brothers were talking about "reverse evolution". That the world was perfect when GOD created it and then because of sin was going downhill.

Eventually, one of the brothers looked over at me (who unknown to them had been praying "inside") and asked me what I thought. I told them I didn't know anything about evolution but I did know that if a person was truly and honestly wanting to know if GOD was real He would show Himself. And then I asked the man if I could pray for him. He said sure.

And then followed a simple prayer where I asked GOD to reveal Himself to this man, to plant a seed in his heart and make it grow. When I said amen I looked at him and he had an expression, kind of puzzled, wonder. He said he felt something inside, something happened. I told him I know, GOD planted a seed in your heart. And then I turned and walked away.

At that time I was just a skinny, little guy maybe 16,17 years old. I was "super straight" outwardly but hung out, fellowshipped often with the Jesus Freaks (early 70's). Forty Days of Purpose could easily have been their handbook. The brothers I was with that day were in their twenties, much cooler than me, actually, everybody was cooler than me. And I was very quiet and very shy.

But that day GOD used "a weapon hardly ever used". And a man's heart was touched.

Oh, and I had never prayed a prayer like that or even heard of a prayer like that before that day. But GOD knew what was needed.

I never even got to mention all the neat stuff about the oil, especially connected with Zechariah 4. Maybe another time.


-- Posted by apureheart on Sun, Jan 29, 2012, at 7:57 AM

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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.