The Kingdom and the Soldiers
The choices we make end up making us. The choice starts from when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour, then to making a choice to follow Him to the end. Once we make a choice to follow God to the end, he empowers us and blesses us with strength for the journey. He expects us to act and behave like a soldier, who fights in a battle, forcefully advancing until the battle is won. Those who usually retreat, don’t win. They end up surrendering and they either die in battle or become slaves captured by the winning side. What do we hope to become, victors or victims? We can make a decision today on what we hope and desire to become. Making such choice is a function of our will to either follow God to the end or follow Him till we get what we want. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Making that choice is not but with conditions attached to our enrolment in the Armies of the Lord:
1. You’re not permitted to look back.
You are not permitted to look back like Lot’s wife did. She looked back and became a pillar of salt. Jesus called us the salt of the earth, and told us it’s possible for us to lose our savour. Jesus forewarned and reminded us of this, and that is exactly what happens to us when we choose to look back. When we look back, we become a pillar of salt- stagnant and immobile. We are suppose to be a moving(growing) salt, affecting the world on a continual basis. Unfortunately, some affect only for a while and they lose influence and relevance. They have become immobile salt. They have lost their savour. Then they will be thrown away or cast away. The intention of God for us is for us to be mobile salt, preserving the earth unto eternal life. So Christ said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). As much as it lies in our hand and care, it’s important we keep looking unto Jesus. Don’t look back. Looking back is like looking back towards Egypt- the land of slavery and servitude. Read: Matt. 5:13, Exodus 13:17.
2. Don’t be entangled with civilian affairs.
The beauty of a military man is that though he is human, he behaves and reasons completely different from the ordinary civilian. He has had series of trainings and this edges him out both in thoughts and actions. So, a good military personnel do not behave himself like the civilian. What matters to him are weightier matters the ordinary man cannot understand. We are soldiers raised for the Lord and so must not be found doing what ordinary men do. We must be separate, unequally yoke with unbelievers, sanctified and holy.
“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.” (2 Timothy 2:4). Read: Gal. 5:1, 2Pet.2:20:
3. We must continue in the instruction of our general commander.
We must pay full attention to the
commandments and instructions, plans and visions, aims and objectives of our commanding officer. You advance when He wants you too. You don’t move when He doesn’t want you too. You must not act outside His instructions. Soldiers that act outside instruction usually die in battle. They act without tactical backings of thier ranking officer, they die. “So, Jesus says to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; ” (John 8:31). “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:25).
4. Look unto Jesus.
Nothing is your base of trust than Jesus. Nothing is your model than Jesus. Nothing must be to us an example but Jesus. We cannot afford to look else where but keep our gaze on the master Himself. You lose Him, you lose in the battle. So, we must not look at the many distractions. We must henceforth see Jesus and Him crucified, then and then can we guarantee our salvation for eternity. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2). “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15).
5. Don’t dwell on past victories.
The greatest threat to our continued success is remaining emotionally
attached to our past victories. We must forsake all those past victories and pursue a greater victory. We must not dwell too long on the past. The past is past. Look up to the future. The blessing is not in the past but the future. Jesus had certain level of successes but still went to the cross for a greater joy and victory. He should have opted to stay on earth and keep doing His miracles, this could earn Him some applauds, honourary degrees, awards, crazy titles, etc, but He opted to die so that He can win the bigger battle. “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:2,3). “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14).
6. Continue in the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14). We must not lose the leadings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must instruct us all the time. For He will guide us into all truth. John 16:13. And so, we must be in constant and continuous agreement, fellowship, communion with the Spirit of God as He tutors us on the way back to the father.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:…. ” (John 16:13). “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
7. Be Strong in the Lord.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10). Finally talks about the summation of all instructions. Conclusion of the matter. As a soldier, we must equip
ourselves with our instruments of war. We must guard ourselves with all the available arsenals at our disposal. The Lord has provided all that we need, all we just need do is equip ourselves with those arms and ammunition. Lest, we will fall to the different attacks of the enemy.The devil is coming against us with different tactics. We must be strong in the Lord. And then put on the whole armour of God. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, butmighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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;” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). We fight both the physical battles as well as the spiritual battles. The bulk of it is the battle of the mind. This is aimed at winning our soul. So, guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. When you concede to the enemy in your mind, you’ll lose the battle. Stay strong in the mind. Win that battle. That’s why we must grow in faith towards God. Faith is staying strong in the Lord despite all odds. Faith is built by enriching oneself with the knowledge of the word of God. Without the indwelling and practical experience of the word of God, faith cannot be built.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). The only was faith is built is through consistent acquisition of God’s word. To develop faith, you must develop capacity to receive the word of God.
Unfortunately, the messages in our churches are not enriched with the truth of God’s word. They contain so much pervasion of human’s knowledge and principles. We have exalted babylonian way of life in our churches to the extent that church growth is premised on quantity of people without considering the quality of life lived. Hence, we have soldiers who are not train for war, a typical example of The Nigerian Police Force who are not well trained to combat crime and criminality.
Faith is the only tool to ultimate freedom. The entire christain journey is built on faith. So that without faith, no man can please God. Even the so-called faith prophesed by people are for temporal enrichments, ephemeral things, vanity. Faith is the ability to please God by leaving consistently in the will and purpose of God for one’s life. Faith must be restored in us. Faith must be restored in our churches. Fear has taken over the church and it’s prayer life. Many of our prayer points reveal fear. They are not of faith, if they are then, we will be a better people. Soldiers are not built up in fear but in faith and self believe unto victory. The devil has been defeated along time ago by Christ, we are suppose to fight the devil in victory, from a position of victory. Fear cripples anybody. It renders us impotent. So, build up faith towards God. Be a true Soldier. Stand up for your victory.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
May faith be stirred up in you. God bless you…. Onward soldiers…