Those in the military know that following orders, no matter what they are, is non-negotiable. There is harsh punishment for disobeying orders. An authority questioned or challenged in the heat of battle endangers everyone. Insubordination is not tolerated at any level.
The higher the rank, the harsher the punishment, and the greater the consequences. The more military authority one has, the more potential casualties are caused by disobedience. In like manner, the more authority and influence we have in the body of Christ, the more people get hurt by our disobedience. In spiritual warfare, we must always be mindful that what we do affects the rest of the body.
I have seen churches split and even destroyed because of the disobedience of a leader. The damage is always compounded when exposed publicly.
A believer must trust in the orders given by the Lord and follow those orders even when He disagrees, even if it means his death. Understanding can usually wait; obedience cannot.
Philippians 2:8 (ESV) And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus was a good soldier. What we see in His life, we should model in ours. If our doctrine does not align with what we see in Christ’s life, it is time to change our beliefs. Jesus and His life is perfect theology. We should be diligent in observing His life and follow in like manner.
Understanding the mind of Christ is foundational in spiritual warfare. The mind of Christ is summed up in one profound idea. One simple thought.
“I can do nothing of myself.”
John 5:30 (ESV) “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
John 5:19 (ESV) So, Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
John 6:38 (ESV) For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Quoted from the book, The Spiritual Warfare Manifesto
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