A Christian’s commitment to his Cause and Commander should be as real and complete as for any earthly soldier. And we, the Church, are being called to High Alert!
And no other title for this article comes to my mind than the song title: Onward Christian Soldiers!
II Tim 2:3,4 instructs believers to 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 as a Soldier.
I pondered for a moment at this, and reality is, a soldier,
- does what he is told,
- where he is told to do it…
- how he is told to do it,
- no matter the outcome of those orders!
- it usually will include endurance
- and hardship
- and dying to self
- as his will is placed under the will and authority of another.
The Warfare: Truth and Light are under constant attack of Deception and Darkness. The battleground? The Human Heart.
WHO will “own” MY own mind and MY own heart?
And who can I myself encourage and love-on and bless, in a way as to “lift them up” and cause them to “see” the truth and light and LIFE that are in Jesus Christ, the Lord?
Am I ready to openly declare my allegiance to the Cross, and honor the Lordship of Christ the King?
Am I ready to put on the full armor of God to stand against Satan’s schemes?
Am I ready to submit to God and resist the Devil that he might flee?
Am I ready to get down on my knees and battle in intercessory prayer for the souls of loved ones that they might return unto God?
Am I ready to obey God’s will over my own?
Am I prepared to obey promptly and completely? Not just when I want to obey? or partially?
Am I aware that Pursuing Jesus with a passion destroys demonic influence over my own life? …that by my going to Christ, about the enemies I deal with, seen and unseen… that I can be as David who said “I pursued my enemies and overtook them! I did not turn back until they were destroyed!”
Am I willing to confront sin in the camp? (See previous article) Am I bold enough to take a stand against wickedness in high places?
Believers, we are told in I Timothy 6:12 to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!
Hold the line! Do not retreat! Do not turn back or around (unless you need to come back to His Standard). Stand WITH HIM – Christ, our Banner… Christ, our Standard. Look unto Him, the author and finisher of your faith. Do not give up mid way!
ONWARD, Christian Soldier!! You can make it! Victory is promised His Church! Matthew 16:18 says that the gates of hell will NOT PREVAIL AGAINST us!
Also, specifically, remember I Corinthians 9:7, which implies: “Who ever goes to war at his own expense?” In other words, if you are asked or commanded by the Captain of the Hosts, Jesus Christ, to do something in His Name, be expecting God to “foot the bill”. Your faith will take the first step, maybe without all the supply in hand, but rest assured, if you are obeying the leading of the Lord, God will provide all the means for your assignment(s), as you trust in Him. Do not step out in presumption, but when your faith is activated by clearly hearing the Word of the Lord, then GO FORTH with confidence.
Somewhere along the way, after the revival fires of ten years or so ago, some wounding of soldiers has taken place, and some have become weary in well-doing…but what is the promise and exhortation to all of us? “Be ye NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING for you WILL REAP A HARVEST, if you faint not!” Galations 6:9
DO NOT FAINT, DEAR ONES! (I am actually being spoken to… as I am speaking this to you!) Drink from the fountain flowing deep and wide within you. Ask the Holy Spirit to revive you from within! The next “revival” of The Saints will not come from outside of yourself…so you need not run here and there for revival fires… Simply draw near to God and into His Word and allow the Spirit’s fire within to set you ablaze. Ask Christ to baptize you afresh with the Spirit and with Fire!
So I am writing this article, more-than-likely reminding you of things you already know… to exhort you to pick yourself up, get yourself strengthened in the Word, purposely draw into the presence of Christ within you and seek Him and his will for you in this hour. What assignment he has for you might look totally different than it did years ago! You may be wearing a whole new mantle! You may be assigned to an entire different part of the world. You might dwell with a totally different set of circumstances. The important thing is that you and I come to High Alert, for God is faithful to do it! He fulfills His Purpose in the lives of his willing servants. You and I simply position ourselves for His orders! We come into an attitude of expectation, submission, responsiveness, etc. We build ourselves up in our trust by remembering what “was before” and that He leads us from glory to glory!
I get an inward picture that many saints are as wounded animals retreating into our dens – afraid, hurting, angry or indifferent, without hope or direction, disappointed, etc. Our lamps under a bushel, rather than our lights set upon a hill. We’ve been oppressed and beaten down by spiritual attacks, ambushes of the enemy, sin allowed without repentance, and simply falling asleep..almost comatose. Perhaps described as in Ezekiel, as an army of dried bones, dead to all intents and purposes.
My Prayer: So, I ask you Lord, as our Captain of the Hosts, to take us all – your kids, your army – out of our pits or fox holes – and set us into our places – anointing us with love and power and patience, where we might be to the world, as a mighty army, rolling across the land, as lights that shine among men – … that their captors, the evil hordes of hell itself, would “release them” – as light exposes the darkness, and awakening to their true spiritual condition happens. Oh, may we glorify You, Lord, and not our selves – and may the Kingdom of God advance at a pace and to a dimension as never before been experienced in the history of mankind. I ask for the awareness to come to each one who has come to Christ as Lord, that “Greater is He who is in us, than he that is in the world!”
May all the trials that caused us to die to self, to our own aspirations, learned love as a strength, and caused us to exercise “patience and endurance” now have their perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire…molded now for our Commander in Chief to instruct and command at will. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO GIVES VICTORY and WE RIDE WITH YOU!
I John 4:4
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
“Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God WE will do valiantly…for IT IS HE who shall tread down Our Enemies.”
DRAW CLOSE TO FATHER GOD, HONOR CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND KING…heed the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT who lives within you, and YOU WILL EXPERIENCE VICTORY! It’s a promise! AMEN!
You are a part of the Lord’s army! You are not alone! When he activates you and I, we, His Saints will indeed be A MIGHTY ARMY that OBEYS HIS COMMAND.
Joel 2:11 “The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command…”
John 15:12-16 reveals these thoughts: “This IS My Commandment: that you “love one another as I have loved you.” and that you will “go and bear fruit” and that your “fruit will remain.” v.16. Remember, HE CHOSE YOU and APPOINTED YOU!
Wow.. Just RE-ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE WORDS OF THIS GREAT OLD HYMN! No wonder it came to my mind as the title for this blog entry–the words are awesome and inspiring! Read them – Better yet, Sing them! Build yourself up Christian Soldier! Onward We Go!
PS IF you have read this far, I want you to know that I also created a sing-along song about the Army of the Lord too, that’s fun for kids and families to sing together (just repeat after me!) and Enjoy! Here it is…just press the play button:
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