If soldiers lose touch with their officers

“In the end he tells the Lord, ‘Our eyes are upon thee.’ [2 Chr 20.12] Saying this, Jehoshaphat made God his leader. Soldiers in battle always keep their eyes on their leader. He is the one who knows the overall strategy, makes the decisions, and directs his troops to carry out the battle plan. If soldiers lose touch with their officers, their lives are in jeopardy and the battle lost.”

—Daniel Partner, All Things Are Possible, 107

#spiritual-warfare #God #quotes

Full armor: Ephesians 6.11 VOTD

“Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Ephesians 6.11

Partial armor leaves the soldier unprotected and more vulnerable to attack from the enemy. Paul uses this comparison to urge Christians to use all the resources at their disposal in order to succeed against the devil’s attempt to draw them away from Christ.

What piece of spiritual armor tends to be more difficult to put on in your faith?

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The home of the brave

Read the entire article about these American military veterans who received the Medal of Honor. Their stories are inspiring, even though one may not be a militarist or fan of war.

Such stories recall the courage needed by the inducted soldiers in the Kingdom of God. “Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong” 1 Cor 16.13. You may know some spiritual warriors who show these traits. Under the fire of the enemy, they are not ashamed of their Lord, Lk 9.26.

The author of the article cited above claims that brave soldiers have become strangers in our midst. No doubt, such estrangement is true as well of the church, which ought to be called the home of the brave. Many, also, look upon Christ’s workers who sacrifice themselves in the trenches as victims rather than heroic warriors.

Continue reading

#service, #spiritual-warfare

Rages on the Spiritual Battle

By J. Randal Matheny © 2016

There are places in our mind where we don’t want to go,
There is evil in the world we’d do better not to know;
From the devil’s deadly sin I would flee to Earth’s far end,
Let me never to temptation of the flesh give in or bend. Continue reading

#cross-of-christ, #holy-spirit, #poetry, #spiritual-warfare

Prepared for battle

For a long time there was something about the story of David and Goliath that bothered me. If David had great faith that God would allow him to defeat the giant, why did he need to pick up five stones, when just one would do?

The question always bothered me until it occurred to me, David had no idea he would take the giant down in one shot. All that David knew was at the end of the battle, God would be victorious. Continue reading

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Against the ropes

Are Christians really biased, afraid and intolerant, as is often suggested?

These words, like “biased” and “intolerant,” are nothing but a boxing match of words, designed to do two things: (1) keep the Christian silent, and (2) keep the world angry at them.

In this boxing match, the Christian is cornered by his worldly opponent. So the Christian, knowing that he should defend his faith, steps forward and lands a blow; and his opponent, who has been swinging freely at him, steps back and cries “foul!” The referee (who is actually an insider for the opponent), comes in and warns the Christian that he’d better not do that again, or he’ll be penalized.

The Christian is against the ropes in a war of words. His opponent can swing all day and land cheap shots, but when he attempts to rationally contend for his faith, he is disqualified as a narrow-minded, intolerant hatemonger. If he seeks to disprove a false religion, he is a xenophobe, and so on. Some Christians get trapped in the corner by the fear of being labeled.

The truth is, Christians are fair, well-informed and tolerant — usually much more so than their worldly counterparts. The truth is, disagreement is not equivalent to bias, fear or intolerance. Someone is not narrow-minded because they disagree. A person is not biased when they reach a conclusion that includes Bible study. Debate is not intolerance. Exposing sin is not hate speech. Christian, “contend earnestly for the faith” (cf. Jude 3).

—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin

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Avoid military language, they said

Anybody remember a few years back, not long ago, when a couple of Protestant guys (scholars? missional ministers?) said we ought to declare a moratorium on the use of military language in the church? I can’t find that story anywhere.

Am doing a module on the church as God’s army …

 

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