Courage to Lead – “Rak Chazak Amats” 2

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9

Friday, June 26th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 vote, redefined marriage. The moral stage for the fall of America is set. The financial stage was put into motion with the bank bailouts of 2011 and going trillions in debt. The social / cultural stage was set in place, beginning with the removal of prayer from schools and escalated with the weakening of education, the removal of the ten commandments from public places and the breakdown of the family unit.

The War Cry

Now, more than ever…..

Now, more than ever our neighbors, our families, specifically our children and grandchildren, need us. More than ever we need the Israelite’s war cry. “Be strong and very courageous” with a heavenly audacity and the compassion of Jesus Christ like Eric Ludy says in a video on YouTube called it “Rak Chazak Amats”! Now more than ever we as grandparents (and parents) need to stand firm in the Word of God and bring the Word to those who need it. More than ever we, as Christ followers, will need courage, just to love, as Christ loves those who will call us “intolerant”, “bigots” and maybe worse. We will need to stand firm in our faithfulness to Christ as we enter a new era of history (His story).

There is a battle raging all around us.  It is a battle which is taking place in the spiritual realms.  Every day we encounter this battle just by believing that Jesus is Lord and Savior.  The rulers, authorities, and powers of evil want to do whatever they can to keep us from following God’s ways.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
– Ephesians 6:12

We must prepare for the battle.  Our children and grandchildren need us to battle on their behalf.  We must take up the armor of God daily.  We cannot walk into battle unprepared.  The principalities of this world know where our weak places are, and they will attack those places.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
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 firm.
– Ephesians 6:10-11, 13

We must enter the battle.  We do this daily as we pray for our children and grandchildren to see and know who God is and what He has done.  2 Corinthians 10 gives us specific things to pray for when we battle.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God,
and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”

– 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

We must remember that The Battle has already been won.  Jesus won the battle over sin and death when He rose from the grave.  We are victorious because He has conquered sin for us, our children and our grandchildren.  We must continue to point our children and grandchildren to Jesus as the One Who Wins.  He is with us.  He will fight for us.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:57

Now, more than ever…….I want to encourage fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers to walk…. with…. God. The greatest encouragement is the last phrase of Joshua 1:9

“……for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

How will you cry out “Rak Chazak Amats?”

Share your thoughts and encourage another grandparent by leaving a comment below!

photo courtesy of Asif Akbar