The Extent of Enlistment

To enlist can be short term and would usually not  be binding. It can be like enlisting in the military. Once you sign up in the armed forces, it’s very binding. It would take a lot to get out of that commitment. However, when we “sign up” to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, it is permanent! We need to make that commitment, knowing it is forever! The church is a “battleground,” not a “playground!” “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high (places)” (Ephesians 6:10-12). Paul’s inspired charge to Timothy (and to us) is this: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of (this) life; that he may please Him Who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” As a disciplined and trained soldier of Jesus Christ, strong in the Lord, we are to know the enemy, keep our focus on our “Commander-in-Chief,” and resist the attacks of the enemy, wielding “the Sword of the Spirit” for Him to use! “Sound the battle cry!  See, the foe is nigh; raise the standard high for the Lord; gird your armor on,  stand firm, every one; rest your cause upon His Holy Word. Strong to meet the foe,  marching on we go, while our cause we know, must prevail; shield and banner bright,  gleaming in the light; battling for the right we ne’er can fail.” (From: “Sound the Battle Cry”-By William F. Sherwin). Selah! Confident in God’s strength and love, we are to be strong in “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:5).    Ron

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