With this outline, it is important that you follow it all the way through to the end. I did not know how else to get the illustrations in that are so important to the message.

PREPARE FOR WAR


2 Chronicles 17:18   And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.

2 Chronicles 26:14   And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. 

Psalm 23:5   Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 

Luke 23:54   And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.


As we look at these passages, we find a theme emerging. It is the theme of preparation. The Theme of this day is PREPARE FOR WAR.

A number of years ago a book was written by Dr Rebecca Brown, by this title. It was emphasizing the demonic and contained a lot of things that generate fear. We need to respect the enemy, but not be motivated by fear. The Word of the Lord is very clear, Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 Jn. 4:4)

Deuteronomy 20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;  

Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

Because the theme for today is Prepare for War, I want to deal with ways of preparation. As the Lord allows later, we may be able to come back and teach the proper approach to spiritual warfare and dealing with the demonic. I only want to make one observation.

In the examples that Jesus gave, we do not find Him confronting the demons unless they manifest. .

1.    Warfare began in the wilderness journey. It was not an activity of living in Egypt. One of the significations of this is found in remembering that the children of Israel had the blood applied in Egypt, which means that our spiritual birth time is not a time to prepare for war.

2.    Warfare comes as we are about to go to the place of hearing the Lord.
    a.    Exodus 17:8-16  Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.  10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:  16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
    b.    Exodus 19:1-2 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
        i.    Amalek was the first enemy to attack Israel. He is a type of the flesh. His warfare tactics are important.
            (1)    Deuteronomy 25:17-19   Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; 18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. 19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.
                (a)    he attacked from behind
                (b)    he killed the feeble
                (c)    attacked when you were faint
                (d)    attacked when you were weary.
                (e)    he did not fear God
        ii.    At Sinai they heard from God personally for the first time.  There are multitudes of scriptures the illustrate God speaking to Israel at Sinai.

3.    Our feet are to be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. One of the things that have stood out to me as I have looked at the armour of the Lord, is that the feet are not shod with peace, as many have quoted, but with the preparation of it. Therefore it is important that we know how to prepare for peace. We may have to war to obtain peace, but, preparing for peace is part of our armour and the way wherein we should walk.
    a.    Romans 16:20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

4.    The first preparation is our hearts.
    a.    1 Samuel 7:3  And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines
        i.    Return to the Lord with all your hearts
        ii.    Put away strange gods
        iii.    Put away Ashtaroth(Jezebel/Diana) from among you.
        iv.    Prepare your hearts unto the Lord
        v.    Serve only Him
        vi.    This will bring deliverance.


5.    Preparation of the heart is essential to victory
    a.    2 Chronicles 19:1-3  And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. 3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
    b.    2 Chronicles 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God
    c.    This included the warfare of the Tabernacle or Temple as well. This is undergirded by the following passages.
        i.    Numbers 4:3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host(in the original the word used here is warfare), to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
        ii.    2 Chronicles 30:19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.

6.    In the restoration preparation of the heart is essential as well.
    a.    Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.


7.    There will come a sound from heaven that will be a warning to prepare.
    a.    1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?


8.    There is also a need to know our weapons and prepare them.
    a.    2 Chronicles 26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. 
        i.    Uzziah, who was the king who kept Isaiah distracted until Uzziah died, put his hosts through a preparation of their weapons. Although there are a few mor weapons than this, we are going to use this passage and add the other weapons as we go. All of them need to be prepared.  If we are to prepare for war, then we need to prepare the weapons. So many today do not know their weaponry, nor how to prepare it. We cannot go to war without being prepared.
            (1)    Shields
            (2)    spears
            (3)    helmets
            (4)    habergeons or body armour
            (5)    bows and arrows
            (6)    slings to cast stone.
            (7)    swords
        ii.    I want to define the weapons used against the enemy first.

            (1)    Job 5:21  Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. (KJV)

            (2)    Psalm 52:2   Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. (KJV)
            (3)    Psalm 57:4  My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on     fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. (KJV)
            (4)    Psalm 64:3  Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot     their arrows, even bitter words: (KJV)
            (5)    Proverbs 12:18  There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. (KJV)
            (6)    Proverbs 15:4  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (KJV)
            (7)    Proverbs 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
            (8)    Jeremiah 18:18   Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the      wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words. (KJV)
            (9)    James 3:8   But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly      poison. (KJV)


The overwhelming evidence of the above scriptures points to the ability for the tongue to be the vehicle of much devastation in our spirit. Just to be sure we understand this, let us make the list for emphasis.

1.    The scourge of the tongue......    A scourge is a type of whip. Job was being scourged by the tongues of his friends. This produced woundings in his spirit that God had to heal.

2.    The tongue...like a sharp razor...
Here it is the deceitfulness of the tongue that cuts deep, especially when it is speaking deceitfully or while doing mischief.

3.    Words spoken are like spears, arrows and sharp swords.
 Note that all reaches of offensive weaponry of that day are mentioned. Words have both long range effect and short devastating ability.

4.    Who whet their tongue        This shows that there is something in men and women that looks for sharp, harsh words to speak against others. Word spoken in this manner can wound the spirit of a man.
    a.    Shoot their arrows. -even bitter words
One of the Long range weapons that can be used are bitter words. They go further and with greater force and penetrate deeper than other words.

5.    There is that speaketh like the piercing of a sword:
 Please notice the word piercings. This speaks to the ability of sharp words and the depth to which they can go. Remember we are talking now about things that wound our spirit.

6.    Perverseness in the tongue is or produces a breach in the spirit(of man)
When someone speaks perversely to me or perversely about me, it causes a hole or wound to be produced in my spirit. 
This is so important that I want to break it down to emphasize the power and penetration that perversity This is taken from the meaning of the word breach, in the original language. Any one of the following can a be the result or any  combination of them.
It is imperative that we realize that this can both be perversity in the tongue of others toward me and in me toward myself.

a.    It breaks my spirit.

b.    It causes a fracture in my spirit

c.    There is a crushing produced in my spirit.
d.    A breach also means a hole in the protection wall around my spirit allowing the enemy of my soul and spirit access.
e.    This word is most often translated destruction. (21 times out of 44) This means that perversity in the tongue can destroy the spirit of a man.
f.    It can release affliction on my spirit.
g.    It can bruise my spirit so that I cannot walk straight or right in the spirit. In other words I become lame in my spiritual walk.
h.    Another meaning that is specifically listed separately is the. breaking of a dream.
i.    Perversity in the tongue can vex my spirit.



7.    Death and Life are in the Power of the tongue

This means that with the tongue I can minister death or life to whomever I am talking to. It also means that others can do the same to me. When I realize this often what I do is put up my own defense, thereby, depriving God of His job, He is my defense, and also not using the shield of faith that God has provided for me to use for my defense.

8.    Come let us smite him with the tongue
There are people who know the power of words who deliberately smite to wound. This can penetrate into our spirits and coupled with the rejection talked of in the rest of the Jer. 18:18 do a tremendous wounding to our spirit.

9.    No man can tame the tongue    The tongue needs taming. God said it is an unruly evil. God said it is full of deadly poison. This means when words are spoken against us it injects poison into our spirits. Because of the importance of this, I want to deal with the word poison.
a.    Psalm 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;  
b.    Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.
i.    The word used for poison in the original for these two scriptures has been translated in the following words.
(1)    fury or furious (67)
(2)    wrath, rage, burning anger or hot displeasure (34)
(3)    poison or venom (6)

In the practical realm of day to day relating, the power of any of these words is seen in its ability to reach in and poison our spirit with the venom of anger in all of its levels of intensity
 In the New Testament the principle is still applicable as we see from the following scriptures.
 c.    Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips
d.    James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 1
i.    In these passages the original uses a more focused word dealing with
(1)    poison of asps is under their lips
(2)    spoken of men given to reviling and calumniating and thereby injuring others.
(3)    rust    -    Could this possibly be related to the quotation of Jesus, “lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust doth corrupt.  If it is related here, then the poison of words corrupts the treasure of God with.

There is a booklet that the author wrote a number of years ago called Oh Lord, It Hurts. This booklet describes some of the reasons God allows this process of wounding to go on.