I hear the prophetic voices in this hour calling for courage for our days ahead. Similarly, I am seeing a picture of the “Ride of the Rohirrim” from Lord of the Rings. They were advancing on the enemy army on the plains of Pelennor hopelessly outnumbered and facing certain death. Watch Lord of the Rings if you want to understand the imagery.
Shake off comparison and competition…
The courage shown by the characters is breathtaking and I hear the Father beckoning us into “Unusual courage” in 2020. Destiny and identity are awakened in our characters and heroes. Theoden stops comparing himself to Aragorn and stands firm in his own identity. Comparison and competition must end now in the Body of Christ in the Name of Jesus!
Set your face…
The Riders of Rohan know they are desperately outnumbered. And yet, they face the crisis with remarkable courage. They set their faces like flint.
For the Lord God helps Me,
Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set My face like flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed. (Is. 50:7, NASB)
As the glorious Bride of Christ, we must set our faces too. We are like a bride in a beautiful, white gown wearing combat boots! We must stand and keep standing in the evil day.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…Stand… (Eph. 6:13-14a, NKJV, emphasis added).
I love the character of Eowyn. Surely she is a picture of the Beloved, Bride of Christ. All she wants to do is stand and fight for those she loves. Is she afraid? Of course! But she has the courage of her convictions and she goes to battle for what matters most. She is a woman. What on earth is she doing?! How does she have the audacity?…The answer, unusual courage.
“I am no man!”
We are dead aren’t we?
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Gal. 2:20, NKJV)
If we are dead, we are not men…Hear me out here. I’m not talking about gender or humanity. I am addressing the fact we have been raised to life in Christ. We no longer live. We are dead men walking. So we are not mere men! We have been equipped with tools to beat an otherwise unbeatable foe.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:3-5, NKJV).
We can do nothing in our own strength. Christ has already won the victory. It is time for the Body of Christ to recognise who she is. She is no man! Her strength is in the One she loves. Her courage is stirred from intimacy with the Father. It is a divine gift in this hour to overcome. Courage…For the days ahead…For our friends and family. All the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen”.
For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. (2 Cor. 1:20, NASB).
So rise up Sons and Daughters of the Most High God! Take your place in the army. Lift your shield of faith. Raise the sword of the Spirit. Pray in the Spirit. And never forget who you are…
This YouTube clip is a perfect soundtrack to this word. Feel free to play in the background. It will stir your heart: