Part 2: God in the Camp
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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An anointed and loving word for men and women in the military and all other roles that defend and protect the US, Martha expresses the Father's heart for those who serve, and His desire to be known personally by each one.
Reading Deuteronomy 23:9-25
Please read this passage before you begin the article.
When you go out as an army against your enemies, you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.
Deuteronomy 23:9 NASB
It is God’s extravagant desire to “show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.” The scriptural God is always interested in our human wars. The god of our puny invention removes himself from human struggle.
The real One is with us. In it all. Not distant Watcher but a near and real Participant. He calls for conflicts, He enters them and He solves them. God is a present God in wartime. Our Father has His purposes that override the conflict and overrule His enemies. He has His methods and plans for protecting His friends and for showing Himself real.
Training is not might. It is merely knowledge and preparedness. Weapons are not protection to the person or the group. They are merely tools held by those who must be held by God.
In preparing for battle, know what God requires as well as your Captain. Know what engages God with you in war, what entreats Him to defend you, right beside you. This He requires for His presence to dwell in the camp of the military: holiness.
Moses prepared Israel for their many wars. His manual of war was instruction by the Almighty. It had nothing to do with weapons or skill…only with purity.
In the most practical level of real living – knowing the earthiness of humanity – the Lord gave the solutions to our common impurities. There was to be washing from sexual impurity. The cleansing water of the Word of God by seeing the holiness of His standard. Washing the soul from base desires and cleansing the mind from the stain of them: the ever fresh power of the Spirit to ignite the scriptures for this moment.
The charge was given to bury refuse, outside the camp. Meticulous order: for health but also for spirit. Bury, out of sight, the refuse of just living.
For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you, therefore your camps shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.
Deut. 23:14 NKJV
These are symbols of covering sin with the Blood of Christ the Lamb, who alone was holy among men and whose purity is our gift. Sin, accessed and buried by faith in the Cross. This is righteousness. Only by God’s vast forgiveness is holiness.
The instructions continue to include rectitude with others, moral purity and fair dealings. Righteousness in practical living. Holiness is a gift of Christ. It is neither in our nature nor our ability. The gift of literal innocence waits for the humility of need through moral poverty.
So all can prepare for war’s bloodshed by taking Jesus’ Holy Blood first. No matter the sin, God gives the way that you can prepare for His eye to watch and His steps to walk in the camp of the soldier, the deck of the sailor, the plane of the pilot . . . and the secret place of the agent.
The Word, for cleansing by seeing. The Blood, for burying and forgetting. The unshakable, undeniable, unequivocal promise of the New Covenant through Jesus…
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
Hebrews 8:12 NKJV
Forgiveness brings holiness. The Blood of the Lamb covers sin so completely that God has no obstacle to being God. But there must be actual righteousness and genuine integrity in real living. Scripture is clear, we are to live in practical goodness and moral rectitude. Because of Christ’s life we must. By Christ’s life we can.
Before Christ, came John the Baptist. Crying for repentance. Shouting for purity. Pleading for goodness. All of which created the need for God that is the open door to His arrival.
“Only God is good” but I am called to embody His rightness by repentant despair of my wrongness. Nothing less than actual holiness by the power of Another’s holiness is enough. Ever the standard is Christ Himself, and Christ Himself is His own fulfillment in me. I only need to need His purity by the absolute deficit of my own.
It is possible for Christ to be present and I, blind and unbenefited by His nearness. How could they who saw Him miss such a God? Simply by the presence of tolerated sin.
Sin is blindness, and guilt is separation from God.
His inward presence is my strength. His outward power is my victory. My weakness and trembling are His invitation. My purity is by confession and reception: confession of my sin and the receiving of His purity as my own practical integrity for everyday living. Then comes His intervening presence, walking with me, taking on my battles, and my enemy. Giving me wisdom and direction by an explicit voice.
Moses, the best of humanity, could not go into the Land of God’s rest and victory. Only Joshua, a picture of Christ Himself, can enter the Rest, win the War. Another Life, not mine. Holiness by gift.
Let the camp be holy – with Christ’s character and the Lamb’s blood – that God might walk in the midst of those who stand on the front lines to defeat their enemies Himself!
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