Because persecution against believers is accelerating all over the globe, this outcry is for the church to be delivered from tradition so we can represent Jesus victoriously! In Genesis 18:19 God says to Abraham, “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” Abraham was called to do two things: righteous and judgment! Religion makes the church afraid to judge thus allowing evil to escalate. Keeping the way of the Lord is a central theme as to whether we qualify as mighty warriors or become ineffective and weak.
This is obvious from Judges 2:21-23. This passage says, “I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.” Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out immediately; nor did He deliver them into the hand of Joshua.” We have a generation who does not know war God’s way. Judges 3:1-4 says, “Now these are the nations which the Lord left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it), namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath. And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.” Israel had to do righteousness in order to prevail in justice to mill the enemies left in their land!
Samuel is an example of keeping the way of the Lord. We war like Samuel who first chooses righteousness as opposed to Eli’s sons. 1 Samuel 3:11-14 reveals their impurity. It says, “Now Eli was very old; and he heard everything his sons did to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. So he said to them, ‘Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the Lord’s people transgress. If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?’ Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because the Lord desired to kill them.” This passage reveals their impurity. In 1 Samuel 3:11-14 it says, “Then the Lord said to Samuel: ‘Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.’” God gave Samuel a judgment to declare over Eli’s house. Samuel declared it to Eli in verses 15-18. Samuel did righteousness by refusing the sin of Eli. 1 Samuel 7:7-13 reveals Samuel praying judgment all his life over the Philistines. Evil is rising so rapidly in so many areas, the church must do righteousness so we can do judgment praying The Lord will visit them and reward them according to their works. Revelation 22:12 says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” May we all qualify to pray as successfully as Samuel where the Lord allows none of our words to fall to the ground!