I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my commanding officer. The Holy Spirit is my code of conduct. Faith, prayer and the word are my weapons of warfare.
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I have been taught by the Holy spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire. I am a volunteer in this army, and am enlisted for eternity. I will not get out, sell out, be talked out or pushed out. I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable. If my God needs me, I ma there. I am a soldier. I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up, pumped up, picked up, or pepped up. I am a soldier.
No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me or lure me. I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in place, saluting my king, obeying His orders, praising His name and building His kingdom! No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards or candy or give me handouts. I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for or catered for. I am committed. I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around. I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside. I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.
When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing. If i end up with nothing, i will still come out ahead. I will win. My God has and will continue to supply all my need. I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ. The devil cannot defeat me. People cannot disillusion me. weather cannot weary me. Sickness cannot stop me. battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier.
Even death cannot destroy me. For when my commander calls me from His battlefield, He will promote me to captain and then allow me to rule with Him. I am a soldier in the army, and I’m marching claiming victory. I will not give up. I will not turn around. I am a soldier, marching heaven-bound…Here I stand! Will you stand with me? Unknown Author.
The Nature of our calling
Our calling and apostleship isn’t a fun trip or an adventurethrough some historic and panoramic tourist sites of the earth. It is not aSelf-centered trip, where life is focused on self, proud of self and its accomplishments,self-confidence, dependence on self and one’s own abilities, affirming self,seeking to be acceptable to the world and its ways, looking at circumstancesfrom a human perspective, selfish and ordinary living.
Self-centeredness is a subtle trap. It makes so much sense(humanly speaking). Like king Asa, you can avoid it at one time and fall rightinto the trap at another time. God-centeredness requires a daily death of selfand submission to God (John 12:23-25). For some divine reasons, God has chosento involve us (Humans) in accomplishing his purposes, even though He isall-mighty and Sovereign, a great privilege, he wouldn’t need us.
Many of us, no doubt heard this glorious call, and did wellto obey and follow Christ, but along the way we got distracted, lost our focus.And began to think this whole thing is all about us, instead of Christ and Hisglory. We began to carry ourselves about, with a sense of entitlement. Weforgot we were called to be soldiers of Christ. What manner of life ought we tolive? As soldiers?
See soldier of Christ poem above
The writer of this poem aptly painted the kind of life wehave been called to live. What a glorious call! No wonder! The enemy of thecross went after some of us who would have made eternal impact in thisgeneration and took away from us the fire of God, changed our focus, and webegan to chase fame, popularity, material things and he got men and women ofGod so occupied and busy, thinking they were working for God, twisted God’sword to satisfy our desires, we dream up what we want to do for God,extravagant projects, white elephant projects, human monuments. We becamehustlers, and our hustles and merchandise took us away from the path of eternalfruitfulness, down the road of ordinary living, meanwhile, the enemy of thecross had succeeded in sabotaging the Kingdom by the hands of “Men and women ofGod” not Isis, not Al-shabab, Boko-Aram or any of those terrorist groups.
We should have known better, the end does not justify themeans! Deceived, yet thinking we were wise.
“For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, asit were appointed to death (gladiators inthe arena, appointed to die): for we are made a spectacle unto the world,and to angels and to all men. (Godcalled-men and women are exhibited as a spectacle in a theatre to the world ofmen and angels).
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We are fools for Christ’s sake (continuing to be the spectacle), but you are wise in Christ (telling the Corinthians, and all others forthat matter, that if they truly walk close to Christ, they will meet with thesame contempt and hatred men showed to Christ); We are weak; (all believers are weak, at least as far asthe flesh is concerned), but you are strong (these Corinthians were busy telling everyone just how strong they werein the Lord); you are honorable, but we are despised. (The more popular the church is, the further away from God it is. Truebelievers are despised!)” 1 Cor. 4:9-11. KJV.