13th JANUARY, 2019

PASTOR’S CORNER

COOPERATE WITH HIM TO CONQUER:

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAPTAIN (B)

REFERENCES: NUMBERS 14:4-5, GENESIS 14:14-15, JUDGES 7: 16-21

 

In the first part of this teaching, we learnt that the journey to the place requires that you understand your captain.

 

As we continue with the teaching, you also need to understand that even the journey back to captivity demands a captain.

 

So, just as God needs a captain to lead people to the Place, the devil also needs a captain to lead people into error, and back into captivity.

 

This proves that everyone needs a captain, whether as a leader or as the led. A Christian therefore needs to be led by a captain, whose Captain is Christ.

 

Num 14: 4-5

And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

 

Moses was a captain of God, to lead His people out of captivity.

When the people missed it, they also sought to make a captain for themselves, to lead them back.

They did not understand…

You do not make a captain; you discover your captain.

 

The people did not make Moses; God did.

God made him in the wilderness and presented him to the people in due time. Then, they discovered Moses.

 

However, when they missed it, they sought to make a captain for themselves.

That person could have only led them one way- back to captivity.

 

Only a man, made by God, can make another man.

Only a captain, made by God, can lead you to your true place.

 

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

 

The enormity of their foolishness caused Moses and Aaron to fall on their faces. They understood that the people’s decision to make a captain for themselves was a deadly one. Such a captain could never take them forward; only backward.

 

Gen 14:14-15

And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

 

God called Abraham, like He called Moses and David, making them into captains over His people.

 

As you claim the blessings of Abraham, you will do well to know that he was a warrior, and a captain.

He had enough weapons in his armoury to arm 318 men, and the military clout to defeat the world power of that time.

 

And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

 

As a captain, he poured himself into the 318 men in his household.

This is the dream of every God-made captain; to have men into whom he can divide himself.

It would not matter the extent of the evil that is present in that man’s foundation and history; only that he gives himself to the training….

 

Jesus was born in a stable, surrounded by animals; yet the spirit of animals did not follow him, nor did it define His journey to the place.

 

Abraham was called out of his father’s land with nothing. Yet, the God that called him alone, blessed and increased him.

 

If you make yourself available to God, He will give you a befitting captain; one who has been where you are, and has overcome. He will pour himself in you, bring you out of that mess, and make you a candidate of divine blessing and increase.

 

II Chr 13:12

And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain…

 

Every captain needs a Captain.

Without the direction of the Captain, you will walk by speculations, and presumptions.

A true captain will admit that he knows nothing by himself; that the source of all he knows is the Captain- the Teacher like no other, the Coach, the Man of war, the Owner of the whole earth, and the fulness thereof…

 

Wise ones know that He is always correct. Therefore, they answer in the affirmative to all His commands, always.

 

…and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

 

When God is the Captain of a pastor, his words become a trumpet, sounding an alarm against the camp of the enemy.

Therefore, whenever God stirs you up to pray against the wicked, it is so that your prayers will become an alarm against them; and when the alarm sounds, your enemies know that their defeat is inevitable.

 

Jdgs 7: 16-21

And he divided the three hundred men into three companies…

 

No man can give what he does not have…

The man made by God for you, is furnished with everything you need for the journey.

Abraham had been given the weapons needed by the 318 men.

Likewise, the 300 trumpets, 300 pitchers, and 300 lamps needed by Gideon’s men had already been given to him.

 

…and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

 

Where did he get the equipment, and how did he carry them all?

This is the unreasonable mystery of a captain. He is filled to fill others…

 

To each man, the captain gave a trumpet, a lamp and a pitcher to protect the light of their lamps- the Word.

 

And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

When I blow a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

 

This is the language of a true captain: ‘do as I do’.

As I pray, as I study, as I live, as I speak; do likewise.

If you are with me, you must be ready to do what I do…

 

God gives the captain the trumpets, and causes them to be multiplied, so that, you too may blow your trumpets as he does; in your homes, offices, businesses, marriages, ministries…

 

And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

So, Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands…

And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

 

While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled (NIV)

 

There is a place for you; a place of power, of greatness, of increase. This year, you shall stand in your place.

Captain Gideon gave his men trumpets and lamps in pitchers, causing them to get to their places; and to hold their positions against the wicked…

 

…and, as they held their positions, ALL the enemies fled.

They ran, they cried, and they fled before the people of the LORD.

 

This year, all your enemies will flee from before your face.

Your responsibility is to follow the captain.

Receive the trumpet, the lamp and pitcher from him, and obey every command.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Raw fire of God, cover me.
  • Father, by Your power, take me to my place.
  • Power of God, take me to my position this year.
  • My life, receive the power to go to the top, where you belong.
  • Evil strangers on my way; I drive you out of my place by fire.