Jesus’ Foot Soldiers

Gods footsoldiers

I Timothy 1:18-19

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight, keeping faith and good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

Some more liberal churches no longer have songs like “Onward Christian Soldiers” in their hymnals. “Too militant,” they say. Contrary to their modern theology, we are foot soldiers sent into battle against the enemy by our Lord Jesus.

Like Timothy, we are to hold fast to the truth. some believe for a while, then walk away when things get tough, their faith is inconvenient, or when God doesn’t do things the way they thought He should.

When people walk away from the truth it’s only a matter of time until their lives are broken and shattered like a ship battered to pieces on the rocks.

Even though the apostle Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, his son in the Lord, this message is for us today. We too, are sons and daughters of Paul through his many letters recorded for us in the New Testament.

Lord Jesus, may we pay close attention
to the wisdom our teacher, Paul
has carefully recorded for us so long ago,
yet so relevant for today.

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Holy Spirit’s Power

pentecost
Acts 1:8

but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

After Jesus rose from His grave, He met with His disciples. He told them to wait in the city until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit.

He told them at that time they would receive power. They were to open themselves to the third person of the trinity—this promise of the Father (Luke 24:49).

This Spirit was to be their companion because Jesus was going to leave earth. They were to use this power to perform miracles like Jesus did and even greater ones because Jesus was going to the Father (John 14:12). This Spirit would help them walk a moral path and successfully resist the devil.

The promised Holy Spirit arrived and entered the disciples and about 3,000 others on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41).

This was a gift all believers. It is for us today. Repent of your sin, and ask God to baptize you in His Holy Spirit that you might be a powerful force for His kingdom.

Lord Jesus, forgive my sin, enter in
with Your Holy Spirit,
that I may be Your agent here on earth
until You return.

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Deceivers

Deceivers

I John 2:20
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

The apostle John writes this letter to believers to warn them of deceivers in their midst who he calls anti-christs; ones who professed to be believers but who had gone away from them and the faith.

Those false believers said only a select few had on inside track to God through special knowledge. They were called Gnostics.
John tells the believers they have a special anointing given them by the Holy Spirit—the only anointing they will ever need. They are to stay closely connected to the Spirit and to each other through the truth of who Jesus is. He is the promised Messiah—the Christ. He is the only way to eternal life.

We have antichrists today. They say there are many ways to salvation; that Jesus was a good teacher, but not the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world.

But we have access to the same Holy Spirit; the same anointing as the people in John’s day. May we ever listen to the Spirit and draw close to Him and one another in genuine faith in Christ as we see the day of the Lord draw near.

Lord Jesus, may we never forget who You are
and whose we are as we come to the end of this age.
May we long for Your appearing with each new day.

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God our Refuge

mountains

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

The one true God is our refuge; our shelter from whatever storm we experience. He is our place of safety from any danger. He is mightier than all other forces that come against us. He is always available, no matter what trouble or distress we face.
When David wrote the Psalms, he intended them to be sung. Maybe he knew we remember things better if there is music attached to the words.

Modern-day advertisers know this. Think of all the TV ads connected to a song. Example: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz. Oh what a relief it is.” Alka-Seltzer, right? I’m sure you can think of more.

You might want to try this method of memorization. It might come in handy when you need a quick scripture to do battle with the enemy of your soul.

Lord Jesus, thank You for your powerful word
You provided for us.
May we hide it in our hearts
that we may have it ever ready
when a need arises.

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Healing for Our Nation

Jeremiah in jail

Jeremiah 33:6
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, I will heal them; I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.

Jeremiah received this word from the Lord while he was being held in the court of the guard. He told the king they would be hauled off to Babylon. The king didn’t want to hear it so he threw Jeremiah in jail.

God promises to bring healing and restoration, health and a sound mind. He promises to heal the hurts and defects of nations and individuals.

He further promises to reveal Himself and make Himself known in an abundance of contentment with friendship with God. We know God’s truth by divine instruction through true doctrine found in the Bible.

Would this not be a great scripture to pray for our nation? We have gone very far from the knowledge of the one true God. We desperately need His healing and restoration.

Father God, what You do for one,
You’ll do for all.
We bow before You today pleading
for Your merciful hand to bring us
and our nation back into right relationship
with You, that You might receive
the praise, honor, and glory
for this miraculous turnaround.

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Wrestling Matches

Westling

I Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

In any wrestling match, there are useful techniques in order to win over your opponent. Our Coach has some important lessons here.

To be “sober” means “to be calm and collected in spirit.” We are to be watchful and discreet, caution and prudent. This carries no connotation to be fearful. We are to be cautiously active because our adversary, the accuser, who slanders us makes use of any opportunity.

Our enemy offers much, can deliver little, and requires all. His desire is to drink us down, swallow us whole; to utterly destroy us.

But God is greater. He has overcome our ultimate enemy—death. With God for us, how can the enemy prosper against us?

Father God, I rejoice that we are Yours
and You are ours.
That nothing is more powerful than You
and that You promise never to leave us
or forsake us.
Hallelujah! Together we win!

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Jesus Exulting Over You with Joy

Jesus exalting

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Have you ever thought of God exulting over you with love? He comes and lives inside of us—He overcomes all our enemies. He saves us through our troubles.

He wants to celebrate what He has done with us. Rest in His victorious joy. His love for us is greater than we can ever imagine.

Why not stop right now and give Him praise for everything He is, and everything He has done for us in His wisdom and mercy.

Father God, I praise and thank You
for every day of life You have given me.
I rejoice that you have saved me
and are fitting me for heaven.
I am filled with joy, knowing You are here,
in my presence
as I praise and enjoy You.
May Your praise forever be on my lips.

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