Spiritual Mercenary

swat-gun-weaponAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a mercenary is a soldier who is paid by a foreign country to fight in its army: a soldier who will fight for any group or country that hires him.

When I think about a mercenary, my mind is geared towards an individual that is driven by money. That money is usually fuel for a cause in the individual who is being hired.

Mercenaries are considered to be people that have strayed away from an oath they believe to be true at one time, but because of some level of offense or disappointment, they have gone rogue in the process. Because they still believe in the oath they have taken to be good, the injustice that has occurred has tainted their beliefs to cause them to fight against the very thing in which they once stood to upheld.

In the 26th chapter of Matthew Jesus and his disciples were at Simon the leper’s house. While they were there a woman had broken an alabaster5abalabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on Jesus’ head while they sat at meat. The scriptures go on to say that while his disciples saw it, they wondered why she would waist such precious ointment, and then made the statement, “The ointment may have been sold for much and given to the poor.” Some believe it was Judas Iscariot which made the statement because he was the one in charge of the money. Please view (http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/matthew-26-9.html).

Right after this statement Jesus rebuked them concerning the woman, and now one particular disciple is offended, Judas. The scripture says in verse 14-15 “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” Judas is like many of us today, we are offended easily and look for ways to betray others.

tumblr_inline_n4awv89VUn1r1azqcSome of us may take on a form of betrayal in a way of starting a church Christ hasn’t appointed you to start just yet. Though this may be something down the road, the season is not yet near. So, what you do is leave the ministry the Lord has planted you in because you feel as though your pastor is holding you back, and he/she is constantly correcting you. You allow the voice of division to separate you by setting you up in a church they will pay for, and promise you fortune and fame to further your cause. You betray your leader for dirty spiritual money in order to further a cause you believe you must fight for.

The very love of money has always been the root to the evil done in this world. Money in and of itself is not evil, but the way mankind use money to bribe others to do their bidding is. When a leader is willing to take a pay check, and not deal with sin for fear their money will stop, he/she has become a spiritual mercenary. I say this because Jeremiah 23 talks about how the leaders are becoming fat, and are not feeding God’s sheep, and by doing so, they are falling by the wayside. John 10 also talks about how the hireling cares nothing for the sheep. The hireling will allow the sheep to be destroyed because they only care about money.

Mercenaries believe their cause is just and pure, but it isn’t. Many mercenaries know what they are doing is wrong, but like Judas, they have stormbeen offended in some kind of way, and that offense is driving them down a path of spiritual and physical destruction. Luke 17:1 says, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” Offenses will come your way, but do not allow the offense to damage you to a point where you began to damage others for some form of monetary gain. Everything is not always in dollar bills, but what price have you received to get back at someone who has wrong you?

In order to avoid offense, and allow ourselves to be purchased at Satan’s expense, we have to keep our heart pure before the Lord, and stay open and honest with those who hold us accountable. Release them from that debt you believe they owe you, and ask Jesus to help you forgive in a way you would want to be forgiven.

Please pray this prayer:

~TAKE NO OFFENSES~

“Father, in the name of Jesus,
I have seen in Your Word,
that I have to let offenses go.
Your Word says that I must forgive
those who have hurt me
because You forgave me.
I repent of this
& I ask for Your forgiveness.
I cannot forgive them in my own strength.
I have to have You!
Therefore, as an act of my will,
I choose to forgive.
As the Heavenly Father has freely
forgiven me of my sins,
I freely forgive ____________
for the injustice I feel they have done unto me.
I forgive them.
I release them.
I let it go.
The debt has been paid in Jesus’ Name!
According to Your Word,
I believe that the original,
unpayable debt against me has been paid.
I am free! I am free!
I declare that I am free in Jesus’ Name!
Hallelujah!
Amen.”

prayer taken from Angelfire.com

 

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2 thoughts on “Spiritual Mercenary

  1. Another thought provoking article, well done! As for your comments regarding Judas = “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” – Jn. 12:4. I didn’t understand why you merely said “many bleieve it was Judas” when scripture clearly declares it. I also want to add that from my personal research, Judas had from the very beginning always had an agenda contrary to Christ’s. Judas was hoping for a political Messiah & was motivated by his real desire to see Roman influence over Judea crushed. Even his motivation behind betraying Jesus was NOT the money, but the mistaken idea that by forcing Jesus to stand before the Sanhedrin, Jesus would take His “kingdom” by force. Judas was likely heart-broken & irreparably depondent to hear Jesus respond “My kingdom is NOT of this world”. Judas had never properly identified who Jesus really was & therefore was never a sincere & loyal follower of Christ. Even from his joining the disciples Jesus said & all the Gospels agree, “I have chosen twelve of you & one is the devil”. So, I agree with your position about the danger of money’s lure into darkness. I’ve seen it destroy many an otherwise “good” person. I just wanted to point out that regarding Judas, I doubt that money syaed his convictions. It was a much deeper siritual flaw. Peac!

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    1. Thank you friend. I did over think myself concerning Judas. Thank you for the clarity. We have been doing a study by John Bevere on offense at our church, and the one thing we learned last week is the revealed word if God is what roots us in our knowing Christ. Your comment concerning Judas not properly identifying who Jesus was made me think of that. Blessings to you

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