Tuesday, March 13, 2007
A Soldier Of Christ
II Timothy 2:3-4 "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
I was reading an article on the Atlanta newspaper website one morning of how several members of the 48th Brigade Combat Team came home to their families after being gone to Iraq for a year. In seeing the article and the pictures of their homecoming I got to thinking about this thing of being a soldier of Christ. When we got saved we were drafted into the army of God. And as a soldier of Christ we immediately entered the spiritual battle against sin and the enemy. Of course we cannot fight this battle on our own or with our own weapons. We are to fight with spiritual warfare and armour.
Ephesians 6:11-18 (11) "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (12) "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (13) "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (14) "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;" (15) "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;" (16) "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." (17) "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" (18) "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
There are many out there that have seen the battle get intense and the fiery darts come at them in fierceness and they have retreated and ran the other way going back to their old ways and giving up the fight against sin and the enemy. Those people do not have the joy of the Lord in their life any longer. They have lost sight of God and what all He did for them on Calvary. I was talking to someone very close to me one night and they were telling me of someone that is very near and dear to my heart who had retreated and ran the other way and now that person is out committing sin and no longer living the abundant life that Christ died for them to have.
People like this are casualties in the battle. They are wounded by the darts of the enemy and we as fellow soldiers need to go to the aid of those soldiers that have fallen and are wounded. So many times fellow soldiers will go by and wound them even more than they already are by kicking them when they are down by being critical or judgemental toward them. We should pray for those who have fallen. That is the best thing we can do to assist or aid them. We need to remember that we could be right where they are at any moment. The darts come at us each and every day and it is only by God's grace and His mercy that we aren't laying in the field somewhere wounded and down in need of aid.
Pray for your fellow soldiers and be sure to render aid when you see a fellow soldier down and wounded. One day you may be down and wounded and in need of aid and I'm sure you wouldn't want someone to just pass by, give you a swift kick and let you die!!
Galatians 6:1 "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
Are you a good person? Take this test and find out.