RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
SOLDIERS FOR CHRIST
2 Timothy 2:1-4New International Version (NIV)
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
Are you a soldier? If so, who is your commanding officer? The military term "soldier" implies that we are in a battle. The apostle Paul encourages Timothy and, by extension, every believer--to face difficulty as a good soldier. We are in a battle, good versus evil, truth versus false, God versus Satan. As Christians "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the . . . spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places". Yet we who are saved have assurance that we belong to Him who is greater--and who will have the final victory (1 John 4:4; John 16:33). View daily battles biblically and look to God, who is mightier than all evil. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure that he is always your commanding officer in these battles we fight against the EVIL one!!