I was at a prayer/discussion group yesterday morning. Someone made a statement, which I don’t think I heard correctly. What I DID hear, in my spirit, was “do you have your ‘war face’ on?”
Now mind you, I don’t get out as often as maybe I should, so I wasn’t really familiar with that phrase.
So I thought, why not ask God what He’s referring to.
After meditating on the phrase, asking the Lord to enlighten my mind and understanding, and searching the scriptures, I have somewhat of an idea.
“Do you have your ‘War Face’ on”?
The Lord was asking me, “Are you prepared for battle?” “Is your mind and heart ‘fixed’, ‘locked in’ on the mission?” “Are you prepared to prepare the way for others?”
He directed me to the scriptures listed below.
“Preparing” the way is to clear the pathway of things that hinder the work of God in a specific area. Primarily, spiritual things, forces, pressures, temptations, etc. “Remove” stumbling blocks, stones, things that trip us and others. “Lift up” the banner of the Lord’s Presence and victory before the people.
To do those things, prepare, remove, and lift up, one must be personally prepared, stumbling blocks removed from their own lives, and the banner of God stretched across their heart, signifying ownership!
The ‘War Face’ implies one’s focus, determination, passion, and dedication to the cause. It states, in no uncertain terms, “I will do what must be done for the King and His Kingdom!” I will love others, fight for others, confront the enemy, yield to God…for my King!
As you read the following scriptures, pay close attention to the description of the Gadites (whose faces were like the faces of lions). They had their ‘War Face’ on, and it wasn’t just to scare or intimidate the enemy. It was their way of saying, “we’re gonna fight until we win; and we win when every knee has bowed to King David.”
Kingdom warriors, your ‘War Face’ is your declaration that “you’re gonna fight until you win; and you win when every knee has bowed to King Jesus!”
Amen, so be it!
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.” (Isaiah 40:3-4 NKJV)
“And one shall say, “Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”” (Isaiah 57:14 NKJV)
“Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples! Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’””(Isaiah 62:10 – 62:11 NKJV)
“From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains.” (1 Chronicles 12:8 ESV)
“These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand. These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.”(1 Chronicles 12:14-15 ESV)
“Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.” (1 Peter 2:11 NLT)
“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. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”(Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV)
Amen, so be it!