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Onward, Christian Soldier!


There’s no question that life is the toughest battle any of us with ever battle. There will be situations that come along that may seem bigger than life such as addictions and so forth but there is no escaping that we are all in this battle together. Unfortunately, so many people get caught up in the storm and taken prisoner by the enemy that they forget their Heavenly Father that has always been there.

These trials and tribulations will test us, challenge us, maybe even wound us but the one thing that we can never do is give up. If we get knocked back down, we must get back up and continue the journey. This does not mean that we have to entertain every situation that comes up and this is an important lesson that I have learned the hard way because not everything or everyone needs to be entertained.

However, when we come to such situations, how do we know what and whom to ignore or entertain? This is a question that I often battled with but not everyone who walks with us is for us and when we read scripture, we will see it has always been this way which is why God’s Word directs us to be engaged: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

Notice God’s Word says “Whole armour” rather than just some or part. We see often people picking one or two verses to fit their agenda and sometimes, only a portion of the verse is used which makes things much worse. God is clear that He does not want us to be on the fence. A good soldier is one that is committed to the cause or movement and this is even truer in God’s word: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot” (Revelation 3:15).

God is clear that we are either with Him or against Him: “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12:30). It is important that every person, especially Christian, keep up their fight because we are representations of Christ but if we lose our way then we can be disposed of: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).

If we chose to take up our cross and follow after Christ, we do not ever have to worry about the enemy or those who come up against us: “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” (2 Timothy 2:4). When we live in Christ and desire to see His will done, regardless of what comes against us, we are victorious: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Therefore, if we are in Christ and Christ is in us, all we have to do is wait for the call of our Father: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).

Onward, Christian Soldier!

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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