Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
A Soldier's Life
Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NAS)
We are soldiers in the army of Christ. This concept is easier to understand for men and women who have seen war. How do we who have not been in military service embrace our destiny as soldiers? We must open our eyes to the warfare around us; we not only see violent crimes on a daily basis, we are surrounded by spiritual warfare that claims millions of lives through hatred, despair, and death.

In the entertainment industry, we live under enemy occupation. Lust, greed, vamps, vampires, vanity, violence, luxury, lying, lawsuits, adultery, alcohol, drugs, profanity, and every form of 'bad girl' and 'bad boy' behavior are not only expected, but celebrated.

Even people who prefer not to look can see through the expanding iron curtain of cinematic sin to the result: millions of victimized children who give away their innocence, freedom, and joy. We are a war-torn nation.

If you are a Christian, you are called to the soldier's life. To be fit for service to God, you must submit yourself to discipline of body, mind, and spirit. You need to advance from basic training to active duty.

Therefore, study your training manual diligently. It is a holy Book of war and peace, life and death. It is the Bible. Without It, you cannot know the code of honor nor the rules of engagement. Without it, you cannot recognize the enemy, much less stand against him. It is a Book of power.

We do not know when the enemy will attack. Neither do we know when our Commander and Chief will come. Surprise visits are promised. Are we ready? We must not let the day-to-day busyness of our lives overwhelm our time or dull our senses to our true mission: on the human front, it's spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. On the spiritual front? It's war.

Each of us was given a field. It is not only a field to sow and reap. It is a field of battle. We must embrace a soldier's life.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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