Sunday, September 24th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 86)
Soldiers & Warriors
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called...
1 Timothy 6:12 (NASB)
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 2:3 (NKJV)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:10-12 (NKJV)
The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.
Judges 6:12 (NIV)
Many people dream of being heroes. Fewer people dare jump into the fray. Yet fighting is what grown up saints must do, until they're called home from active duty.
But didn't Christ already win this war? Yes, our Captain triumphed over Satan...
'He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the Cross. In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the Cross' (Colossians 2:14-15, NLT).
Even so, one qualifier remains: The freedom Jesus won only extends to people who believe and follow Him. Therein, He commissioned His disciples to go into all the world with Good News of love, hope, joy, peace and eternal life. Because God desires all men to be saved.*
But while we love men, we fight the devil, beating him back one demon at a time: not just to retain our precious freedom, but seeking and fighting for those still lost, including impressionable children.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are God's multi-purpose heroes: gaining attention through your talents, witnessing Christ through good examples, advancing against evil spirits and leading lost lambs back to their home.
To Be Continued...
* Three Bible Verses about God's desire for all men to be saved: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Timothy+2%3A4%3B+2+Peter+3%3A9%3B+Ezekiel+18%3A23&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.