The Verdict

205157And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19 – 20

Many have gone forth, adhering to the Great Commission and have pleased God. Many others need to forge better efforts to adhere to the Great Commission in order to please God as well. Adhering to the Great Commission calls us to occupy the flesh to assist in the growth of the Kingdom but the Great Commission is not a fleshly movement, it is spiritual. Of importance is the spiritual impact of the Great Commission to continue a beautiful movement of Christ Jesus and to stop the evil movements of other forces.

When Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” that was acknowledgement to all that this is spiritual warfare. Spiritual Warfare is similar to warfare because there are offensive and defensive actions. An offensive action is the practical way in which a commander seeks to gain advantage, sustain momentum and seize the initiative. In Spiritual Warfare, our Commander has already defeated Satan so believers have the advantage and He has provided His Holy Spirit to sustain momentum. We are collectively lacking the initiative. Initiative is the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do. Believers have to seize the initiative to assist with saving souls before other forces continue to steal them. This is why we must assist in the defensive action of Spiritual Warfare. A defensive action is the means or method of defending or protecting oneself, one’s team, or another. Our efforts in the defensive action of Spiritual Warfare is keeping the whole armor of God on ourselves, helping to strengthen others by introducing them to Jesus and promoting relationships with the Father.

We have to maximize spreading the Gospel to assist others in preparation of the verdict! In law, the verdict is the decision made by a jury in a trial and or a judgment or opinion about something. The Almighty Father is Judge and Jury and His verdict is always just. To ensure a verdict that allows us and many others to occupy our seats in Heaven, there is a very important matter of today that’s significantly references the Great Commission and imitating Christ Jesus. The matter that must be addressed is the spread of evil across the Earth, infecting empty vessels which is also affecting many believers and future believers within our country.

We are charged with spreading the Gospel, but there are other individuals that are forging great efforts to spread their beliefs too. The most important points of spreading the Gospel of Christ is that He promotes love, salvation, forgiveness, joy, peace, faith, and more love! Another important factor in the spread of the Gospel of Jesus is the fact that we are taught to love others. When we look at a particular belief that is spreading across the globe and has reached the doorstep of America, we can clearly see that this belief is focused on spreading fear, trickery, hate, and murder. These individuals claim Islam as their belief. Since their own sacred book acknowledges many great factors of Jesus (though horribly insufficient), those particular Muslims are being misled to strike against Christians. Please understand that not all Muslims are terrorists, but even the “peaceful muslims” are just as lost as those who do! This is another reason why we must spread the Truth.

The people who are spreading fear, trickery, hate, and the murder of Christians all have something in common. They are empty vessels in need of spiritual awakening. The Great Commission helps empty vessels receive the Holy Spirit instead of receiving evil spirits. Clearly, those particular people have spirits opposite of the Holy Spirit. Another distinctive fact is that believers in Jesus have daily testimonies of answered prayers and blessings whereas those particular people have daily promotion of hate and murder. The testimonies and belief in Jesus is a foundation that will sustain everything, but if we allow evil to spread into our country we will be accepting defeat by entities in heavenly places. These particular people are infected with forces less than the Holy Spirit thus their actions show it. There is no need to debate when our eyes have seen more than our ears have heard. This is also why America must strengthen its borders as mentioned in a previous article on this site titled “Strengthening Our Gates”. The Great Commission’s main point is to assist our neighbors to receive the same Holy Spirit and to cast out the evil spirits present within the effected ones. Those that practice the spread of fear, trickery, hate and murder are already positioned to face the wrath of God and their verdict will be just. We have to pray for those infected by evil spirits causing them to lose within this Spiritual Warfare that all of us are in.

Rolheiser_1114Lastly, look at the lands from which these particular people have infected and destroyed! We might have many of those particular people within our country now which is why we can remain idle in our efforts to add to the Kingdom of God. Remember that the devil is a liar and the Truth is not within him thus he seeks empty vessels for his army. Yet, never forget that our Commander Jesus remains victorious because He has already defeated Satan and we have the power to defeat Satan’s warriors also. So today and forever go forth adhering to the Great Commission which will assist with saving more souls, protecting our families, fellow service members, and our neighbors. All while strengthening our country. Believers in Jesus have no worries of the pending verdict that await after this life but those not filled with the Holy Spirit of God face a verdict which includes permanent residence outside of Heaven! Blessings

Calvin Brown
Calvin Brown is an Ordained Non-Denomination minister at Shechaniah River Church in Newport News, Virginia. He retired from the Army in 2009 after serving 20 years as an enlisted Soldier. During his active duty service, he participated in many major military campaigns such as deployments to Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan and received numerous awards to include two Bronze Stars. He attained his Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies at Saint Leo University, Florida. Calvin currently lives in Hampton, Virginia.