CompassAll followers of Jesus Christ eventually recognize that there is a fierce battle being waged for the kingdom of God. It is the responsibility of Leaders in the Workplace to wade into the battle with truth, faith and courage; while encouraging others to do the same. God has promised to go before them, and be their rear guard.

The Scriptures hold great encouragement in regards to the battle preparations that have already been made, as well as the weapons that have been provided for our participation. There is nothing to fear. Those that answer the call to war will discover that David’s Mighty Men are but a shadow of what God has empowered us to be as His Mighty Men, Women and Children.

This lesson explores the Bible’s great encouragements for those engaged in the battle, and God’s way for fighting our enemies.

Spiritual Exercise

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

… it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

As we turn our hearts and minds to the LORD, consider once again that His power is working in and through each follower of Jesus Christ. Consider that it is for His glory and pleasure. Furthermore, He takes pleasure in giving us His kingdom, through the manifestation of His power. This is beyond our asking or thinking; it is beyond our wildest imaginations. Isn’t it time we raised our expectations, and surrendered to the working of His mighty power?


Heavenly Father, to You be glory in the church by Christ Jesus. Thank you for working in us to accomplish Your good pleasure; including the promise of Your kingdom. Like Joshua, we commit ourselves to be strong and of good courage. So much of Your kingdom is beyond our imagination… and our experience. Our hearts desire is to know You and Your Son, for this is eternal life. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. We surrender to Your purpose, we chose to sacrifice for Your plan, and we submit to Your power. We do this because we love You and desire that the world would see Your glory; even now in our lives. We trust You in this. Amen.

Searching Out the Matter

Mighty (dynatos): Able, powerful, mighty, strong; mighty in wealth and influence; strong in soul (i.e., to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience, strong in Christian virtue); to be able (to do something, excelling in something, having power for something). Outline of Biblical Usage,

“Be Strong and of Good Courage”

Seven times before the nation of Israel entered the Promised Land, God told Joshua to be “strong and of good courage”. The time had come for God to give them what He had promised – the desire of their hearts. We need the same encouragement today; for, whether we like it or not, we are in a battle of our own. We have been promised a kingdom, but it is a kingdom we must fight for. Jesus made this clear.

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12

John, in his Revelation of Jesus Christ, was given a vision of the veracity of this epic battle.

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:7-9,17

We are those “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. There is no escaping the battle of the Ages. Satan has brought the fight to us. Paul put it this way:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

There is no getting around it: The battle is too much for mere mortals. Perhaps this is why so many Leaders in the Workplace have decided to stand by and watch the kingdom be taken from them. How are we, mere humans, to stand in such a violent battle?

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10

In that day the LORD of hosts will be
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty
To the remnant of His people,
For a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,
And for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
Isaiah 28:5-6

Now is the time to reckon that “in the Lord and in the power of His might” we are more than mere humans. We are God’s Mighty Men, Women and Children. The LORD of hosts will be our strength!

The Mighty Force of God

The images of war in the Old Testament are a foreshadowing of the battles that Christians face in the New. My favorite warriors are those mighty men that served under King David. Here are a few of their exploits (from 2Samuel 23:8-12, 18-23):

  • Adino killed eight hundred men at one time.
  • Eleazar was one of four that defied the Philistines when the men of Israel had retreated. He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand stuck to the sword. The people returned after him only to plunder.
  • Shammah killed a troop (300) of Philistines in a lentil field. So the LORD brought about a great victory.
  • Abishai lifted his spear against three hundred men and killed them.
  • Benaiah killed two lion-like heroes of Moab, went down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day, and killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man.

These men knew that the LORD was with them; that their feats were beyond human ability. David knew it, too. He had no worries when it came to His army. When the call to war was given, his men waded into the battle, full of faith and courage. By just being in the presence of David’s Mighty Men, the remainder of David’s army (including green recruits) learned both how to fight and how to have faith in their God.

The same must be true for us today! God is raising up many mighty men, women and children to fight for His Kingdom. His Son is our Captain.

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Revelation 19:11-14

His victory is sure. We are blessed to participate. While we all may have different assignments, His mission is clear.

His Mission = Our Marching Orders

King Jesus was sent by His Father with a mission that was unlike that of any king this world has ever seen (or will ever see). He was not interested in conquering nations. He had a much greater, and more difficult, mission in mind. Listen carefully to His inauguration address.

And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

” The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 4:17-21

Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God, heal the brokenhearted, and make men free. This freedom is salvation (sozo). It includes the healing of heart, soul, mind and strength. We are to be His instruments and weapons of righteousness. As the Father sent Him, in the same way, He sends us. His mission has become our marching orders.

As a foreshadowing prophecy to the Luke 4 passage, the 58th chapter of the book of Isaiah has more to say about our marching orders:

Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:6-8

As Christ’s kingdom representatives, we are to be agents of deliverance, transformation and sacrificial love. For this purpose, the King has armed us with powerful weaponry.

Our Weapons

Much has been said regarding the weapons of our warfare, particularly those recorded in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. There are three points I would like to make that you may not have considered; points that I believe will further empower you for the battle. First, there is the opening of Paul’s encouragement.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10

Being strong in the Lord is bringing to bear the Holy Spirit’s gifts and fruit, through submission to His wisdom and direction. The gifts of the Spirit are available to every believer as He determines; and they are for the benefit of all (1Corinthians 12:7-11). We should be careful not to constrain the Spirit in this. The power of God must be received in the package that is offered. Otherwise we run the risk of accepting a counterfeit gift, offered by Satan.

The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is fully present and available in every believer. For example, the impatient believer does not need to pray for patience, but for the impatience to be removed. The same is true for love and the judgmental spirit that inhibits the manifestation of unconditional love.

The power of His might is the force that only He can bring to bear on our behalf. The Greek word for “power” here is kratos – the power of God’s authority; His power to reign. Our strength in that power is found in our prayer, “Your kingdom come”.

When we are strong in the authoritative power of God, we are calling on Him to establish His Kingdom in the places He has called us to invade – from the alley way to the board room. As God establishes His kingdom in a place or situation, the atmosphere is changed and we are able to enter in, clothed in the armor of God, wielding the sword of the Spirit.

My second point is about this very thing: How we wield the word of God. Sadly, many in the church – even leaders – have determined that the word of God is best used against their brethren. Many mean well; and many do not. In any case, certainly there are better uses for a sword than inflicting wounds to your own body. How about using it to make the church free from the wiles of the devil?

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12

God’s word is the Spirit’s sword for making the captives free. This is what our Captain came to accomplish; and what He commissioned us to do on His behalf. He has commanded us to courageously face the enemy, participating with the Spirit, as God’s weapons of righteousness. Together we will experience greater success in the spirit realm than David’s Mighty Men did in the physical.

Lastly, a word about prayer. Understandably, some consider it a weapon; for it has been used to defeat the enemy on many fronts. I suggest that it is something more; more than a weapon; even more than a part of our spiritual armor.

Prayer is nothing less than God’s way for our engaging in the battle and the purpose for which we are armed. To put on the armor of God is to prepare for battle. Prayer is the battle itself; with God’s word being our chief weapon employed against our enemies during the conflict.

Knowing Our Enemy

The enemies of God must be our enemies. As we know, Satan is our arch enemy. But there are two others that Satan has allied himself with – to manipulate and defeat the army of God.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh… For to be carnally minded is death… Because the carnal mind is enmity against God… Romans 8:5-7

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

Satan, our flesh and the world (systems, not people): These are our enemies. It is good to understand they mean our destruction.

It’s also good to know who our enemies are not. We must have our minds renewed in the knowledge that even our worst human enemy is simply a captive agent of the enemy we have been called to fight. This begs a very important question: How do we engage the captives (even those that act on behalf of our real enemies)?

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:27-30,35-36

What an incredible battle plan!! Who but God would have known that the most successful strategy for fighting the evil in others is to wield the weapons (of the kingdom) that we have been given: Love, blessing, humility, forgiveness, generosity, kindness and mercy. The Power behind these cannot be over stated.

A Soldier’s Focus

Lastly, as soldiers of God’s kingdom, we are called to focus on pleasing our Commander. This seems obvious, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be reminded; as Paul reminded Timothy.

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2Timothy 2:3-4

We must be careful not to entangle ourselves in the affairs of this life. These will be different things for each of us. It is up to each one to hear from the Lord regarding the things that should be removed and avoided.

Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Hebrews 13:12-16

As Christ said, we must take up our cross and follow after Him. He is outside the camp. What does that mean to you? What is the camp that you must leave behind? Is it your concentration camp? Are you a captive? The King is calling you out to freedom – to join Him in making others free.

Closing Thoughts

God has made it clear that we are to be soldiers engaged in a violent battle for His kingdom. His ways and thoughts in battle are above our own. He has commanded us to resist the temptation to fight with the captives, and join Him in the battle against our true enemies.

Many are unintentionally aiding the enemy by battling against the wrong foe. Others are ignorant victims, thinking they can be safe on the sidelines. Those that are putting up a fight are weakened by division in the ranks. If we are to enjoy the victories of our King, we must fight this war, His way. As we do, He will empower us to enjoy the victories with Him.

One final concluding reminder: We must remember that we are “instruments of righteousness”. We are not given power and authority to exercise them as independent agents. It is His power, not our own. We are merely instruments and weapons. We are the light of the world only as we live out of His life.

Your Role as Leader

If Jesus Christ is our King and we are Leaders in the Workplace, then we are His captains – the Mighty Men, Women and Children of God. There is still time to sound the battle cry and rally the troops. This is the privilege and responsibility of the Workplace Leader. For the Father’s name, glory and kingdom, gird up your loins for battle and wade into it with faith and boldness. Become God’s Mighty Force!

Leader’s Blessing

The Lord God our Heavenly Father bless you
and watch over you to save you: The glory of Jehovah’s presence be upon you, and show you favor: The Lord Jehovah turn His face toward you, and establish you in peace: The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus I have put the name of the Lord our God upon you, and He will bless you.


  1. Review your notes and the Scripture passages from this lesson. Share the ones that are most meaningful to someone you are discipling.
  2. Ask God to reveal those things that stand between the Spirit’s fruit and those around you.
  3. Meditate on the meaning of the Kingdom suffering violence, your place in the battle, and the weapons God has given you to be a member of His mighty force.

Please let me know how I can help you become the Mighty Man, Woman, or Child of God that you were created to be. The battle has grown fierce. You are desperately needed.

Humbly yours and forever His,