You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.
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.
In Christ, a soldier's life is to serve, to obey, to love and to defend. By your enlistment, you have joined the most elite fighting force in the universe: the army of God. Your military service carries responsibilities and privileges. But first, understand this army's chain of command.
'God Almighty' (Genesis 17:1) is The Top. He calls the shots. He created the shots. Next to Him is Jesus, 'The King of kings and Lord of lords' (1 Timothy 6:15), God's 'Leader and Commander for the people' (Isaiah 55:4). He makes the shots.
His army on Earth is called 'His body' (Ephesians 1:23), or His church. We are soldiers, members, believers, disciples, priests and saints. We follow our Captain's orders.
Although we are physical beings, we fight 'Spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places' (Ephesians 6:12). How is that possible? In our human form, it's not. In our Spirit-man, it is. God's Holy Spirit empowers us in victory. Because Jesus won the war. Yet He has delayed in establishing His government here.
Why? His published plan of administration includes this preface: Jesus will clean the earth not only of evil spirits, but also of faithless felons (that is to say, the bad guys). And we know God 'Desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:4).
Which brings us back to you, His army, and back to our job. We are Truth carriers. In this 'mean time,' we must go into the world among people as peace-keepers. We love and we serve. We educate and enlighten civilians--in hope of their salvation.
But to their enemy and ours, who is Satan, we fight. How?
To Be Continued...
*The Whole Armor of God: '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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.'
'Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints' (Ephesians 6:10-18 NKJV).
A study on being a soldier of Christ: http://www.brandonweb.com/sermons/sermonpages/2timothy14.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Chain of Command series.