God’s Army

(The following words were given to me from The Lord to put into a tract. I work with young people out on the streets and most of them do not want anything to do with “church” or “religion”. Time and time again, I have seen the results when I have taken “church” or “religion” and set them off to the side, and talked to them about a relationship with God through Christ. Most then, will listen to what I have to say. Try it, if God so leads you.)

What is this Army?
God is currently raising up an Army of true believers. Many of them are young people in their teens and twenties who want little or nothing to do with organized religion or “church” as we see it today. The Army God is building today is mobile and does not operate inside four walls. It moves out in the streets, gathering wherever like-minded people assemble.

Those who enlist in His Army will have the power of God operating in their lives; power to do the works of God (see John 14:12). Through them, others will be healed of all kinds of sickness and disease. The crippled will walk, the dead will be raised back to life and demons will be cast out. Miracles, signs and wonders will be a normal part of their lives.
Most importantly, the power of God will turn people back to their creator. All these things bring God glory and establish His kingdom.

People on the streets are already saying that God has revealed to them the things written in this booklet. No human being has revealed it to them, but their spirit already knows and confirms this message. God’s spirit is speaking directly to their spirit. They sense that what is coming upon the earth will be devastating, and that an Army of God’s people will be needed to combat the forces of evil that are mounting up quickly. You will not be able to stand against these evil forces unless you are in His Army and endued with His power.

How do I join this Army?
First off, it is not complicated and as stated earlier, it is not about church or religion. It is important to understand that when God created you, He created a spiritual being. Whether you realize it or not, you have a hunger for spiritual things, which God, your creator, placed in you. You have a desire deep in your spirit to connect with God because He designed you that way, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).

The separation
All of us were created in God’s own image (see Gen 1:27). When God created the first man, Adam, they walked and talked together. At that time there was no sin, no sickness, and no death. However, when he sinned (by disobeying God), that separated him from both a perfect world, and his God. Sin separates us from our creator (see Isa 59:2), and every person has sinned at some time (see Rom 3:23). It is of primary importance that you realize that you have sinned against a Holy and perfect God and because of your sin, there is a separation between you and Him. If you doubt this, please look at the Ten Commandments (see Ex 20) to see if you have always obeyed God’s laws and sinned not. The commandments serve as a “mirror” to show all men their true condition before God.

The Good News, His Love
God, in His love, knew beforehand that we would sin and He made a plan for our redemption before the foundation of the world; a plan to reunite us back to Him, our creator, our Father. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). By His death, He conquered sin. This is how God manifests His love towards us, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (atonement) for our sins”(1 John 4:10).

There is still more good news. After His death, He rose from the grave conquering death. This gave us life, eternal life to all those who will believe in Him. You see, Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for our sins. The bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). That means that since we all sinned, we “deserve” spiritual death and that the “debt” must be paid. Jesus Christ paid the price for us … if we will accept His free gift.

It is a choice you must make. By being truly sorry for your sins, turning from them (repenting), confessing them before God and asking for His forgiveness, you are born spiritually into the family of God (see John 3:3). Next, ask God to baptize you with His Holy Spirit, which enables you to live a Godly life and gives you the “power of God” to do the “works of God”(see Acts 1:8). Make sure to be water baptized also. It is a physical demonstration of what God has done for you spiritually. Going under the water symbolizes that you have “died” from your old way of life and coming up out of the water symbolizes that you have been washed of your sins and now are “alive” to God forever.

More than Church and Religion
Remember that we are not talking about a “suit and tie religion” or a “Sunday go-to-meeting” church. Please don’t misunderstand, going to a “church building” on Sunday morning is OK, but that’s not what God is looking for. He wants a personal relationship with you through His Son Jesus Christ. As soon as you are “born” into God’s Army, He connects you with like-minded believers. You will have “church” wherever you gather,

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18:20).
In the days ahead, we will see more and more young people out in the streets doing the works of God. The power of God will be available to all those who have had their sins forgiven and believe in The Lord Jesus Christ.

Join Today
Make the choice today, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). Join God’s Army today! There is no greater joy, peace and fulfillment than to do what God has placed you upon this earth to do. If you do this you will not regret it, because God promises, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5). May God bless you as you march forward in His Army and take your place in His spiritual kingdom.

 

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10 Responses to “God’s Army”

  1. Mark Wilson Says:

    Great post, thank you.

    I wrote a post about the church as an army. It’s here:
    http://achristian.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/the-church-as-an-army/

    I’d be blessed by reading your comments on that post.

    Bless you!
    Mark.

  2. augustrose Says:

    Good post. You’re right, I did enjoy it. One thing I would clarify is that I am not opposed to church, I attend three times a week and serve in several positions, but I am opposed to religion, lifeless rules and regulationtions that serve no Godly benefit. I do not get the impression you are opposed to church, either. I just wanted to clarify my post.

    The other thing I think we overlook about the value of gathering together in an organized Christian setting (church) is what God did intend for it to be. I believe an overlooked ingredient is found in Ephesians 4:11-12.

    11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
    12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church) . . .

    Where I live, the churches that are booming are the ones with the activities for every age group and divorce classes, quilting classes, car clubs, motorcycle rallies, etc. Activities for every waking moment. But I don’t see that in that scripture. The church was not a social club.

    His intention (and why He established the church for us) was so we could be matured and equipped to do the work of ministering to others so that the body of Christ could/would be built up. I believe that means in strength and numbers.

    So, anyway, the army . . . that was the point. Church is our boot camp for the warzone we enter in and out of every day. We can only effectively reach those who are wounded if we minister in compassion and the true heartbeat of God.

    Keep up the good work! I’m thrilled to hear you’re out in the streets where it’s happening. I will be praying for your success.

  3. rjperalta Says:

    Thanks augustrose,

    Regarding church, It certainly has it’s place in each individuals life. All I know, is that it is not the all in all, as it is sometimes made out to be.

    It has it’s part, but it is just a part of our walk.

    So many young people get so excited about having “church” out on the streets, outside the four walls.

    You are so right on, as far as what the purpose of the church is supposed to be and what it is not supposed to be.

    It is really sad to see many of the churches really missing their true purpose. You put it well by saying, “social clubs”. Others have said, “country clubs”.

    I am praying and hoping that in the coming days, this will change as many see the power of God being unleashed outside the four walls.

    Thanks for you good comment,
    Richard

  4. augustrose Says:

    Unfortunately, I have not had much exposure to young people who are excited about having a spiritual gathering out on the streets. I would love to see that. I would love to be involved.

    One more thing. Yes, church does have it’s part and it is only part of our walk. Couldn’t agree more. The delima some people get into is when they only live their belief when they attend. Sunday Christians and then go on, life as usual with no relationship outside of the building itself.

    That is sad. There is so much more.

    Thanks, Richard for letting me post.

    God bless.

  5. rjperalta Says:

    augustrose,

    Thanks for your comments.
    Yes, very sad for those “Sunday go to meetin’ folks. I use to be one of those.
    By God’s grace we have so much more. It’s a life, seven days a week. Living for God.

    Continued Grace to you,
    Richard

  6. brotherjohnny Says:

    Richard,
    This is the first time I read this.

    It’s great, brother!

    What a marvelous God!!

  7. rjperalta Says:

    Brother Johnny,

    Well, thank you. It truly came from God. He is the one that gave me the words to write. He blessed me with a brother and sister that helped in getting it ready for the printer. He also blessed with the printing, it didn’t cost me one cent. I estimated about 5,000 where printed. We are down to about 200 left. Praise God! He will provide when it’s time to have more made.

    And yes, “What a marvelous God!!

  8. Jmichael Peeples Says:

    Ive been questioning if the “Church is Gods army” I have been on a quest to find scriptural answers to this question. I am not posting this to disagree but for more clarity, so when others ask about GODS army I can reply with sound proof to support my claims. Here are some questions i have about the Church being called GOD’S army.

    What did the bible call the CHURCH?

    Are we Ambassadors, Citizens, of the Kingdom or solders?

    In a Kingdom to the Citizens fight?

    If the Church is the Army of GOD, what is the purpose of the Angles.

    Did Jesus command the disiples to become Solders?

    If Jesus is King who is his army? What the purpose of an army?

    If in any Kingdom the army protects the citizens, why would the church be the army of GOD?

    If GOD is king and has Legends of Angles that work on the behalf of the kings orders and responds to the needs of the KINGS citizens, ambasdors and SONS. Why would the church be GOD ARMY.

    If we are Christ ambasadors how can we be GODS solders and the Church being the ARMY at the SAME time?

    What the purpose of a ambasador?

    What did Jesus Say about the CHURCH being his Army.

    What about Matt 16:13-18…Upon this rock i will build my Army? or Church Army?

    These are the questions i have. If you have any insight on these please share. I am searching for the answers. When my 4year old asks me if GOD CHURCH HIS ARMY and if i am in GODS army does that make me GODS solder. This question has echoed in my heart for a while now..

  9. Richard Says:

    Jmichael Peeples,
    Wow! What a comment. Thank you!
    I certainly can’t answer all the good questions that you have, but would like to address some things.
    When I wrote this “tract” a few years back, I gave it the title of “God’s Army”. At the time, I remember the lady that helped me with all the punctuations and layout etc. before it went to print, brought up a concern with using the word “Army”. She was concerned that the younger generation in particular, would have a hard time with it, especially with the “Iraq” war going on.
    Out of the approximately 5000 that went out, only a very few had a problem with the “Army” name.
    In the last year, I have renamed this group of young people as “One gathering of the “chosen”.
    The problem with the word “Army” is that we view it as a literal fighting army with guns, killing etc. However, it is a “spiritual army”. Yes, it does have physical people in it, but it battles in the spiritual realm. As the scriptures say, “we battle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places”.
    As far as “church” goes, it is not defined to a group of people who meet in a building. A “church” is people wherever they gather. It can be “two or three gathered in His name, like Christ said. They can gather on a street corner, in a field under trees, in a mall (like we do) or any where. Some meet in the local tavern or bar (we must be careful with this one, however). So church as we know it is rapidly changing, and it’s a good thing.
    As far as “God’s church being His Army” goes, I think you could say that it is. But remember what His church consists of. Not everybody that goes to “church” is in His Church. They are scattered all over the planet.
    So, if we understand His Church and what His Army is, then we can use the name. But like I said, because of the negative found in the word “army”, I think it should be used carefully, especially today.

    I hope this helps a little,
    Blessings to you as you go out for Him
    Richard,

  10. The Teacher and the Relationship « The Word on the Streets Says:

    […] Several years ago, when I went back into my calling after traveling abroad, the Lord led me to hundreds of young guys in their twenties who God was calling and to whom he was speaking. Some of which, had not even yet been saved, and the things that were being said out of their mouth would blow most christians out of the water. Because of the shortness of time, God is preparing young people at rapid speed. They are being “downloaded” upon by the Holy Spirit. They are prophesying, they are doing the works of God by His Spirit. (see my post https://rjperalta.wordpress.com/2007/01/16/gods-army/ […]

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