Soldiers For Christ

September 12, 2000

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates. (NIV)

After explaining to my six-year old son how a soldier gets ready for the battlefield, I told him that, in the same manner, God has called us to be prepared each moment. Then I showed him a picture of a soldier — not with a gun — but with a helmet, a sword, a shield, and a belt. Though it was little tough for him to grasp the spiritual meaning, yet I told him that Paul tells all who follow Jesus to put on the helmet, which is our salvation; to pick up for a sword for the word of God; and to take for our protection the shield of faith.

Some time later, while going through Psalm 91, he got stuck at verse 5: "You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day." (NIV)

Immediately he told me, "Mummy, I can kill all the arrows by my sword." How much truth there is in this! We can only withstand fiery darts of our adversary once we know God's word. Jesus is our example. After completing fasting for 40 days in the wilderness, the devil came to tempt Him, and He overcame him only by the word.

This is how our everyday spiritual warfare goes, is it not?

Warning has been given to all of us in 1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." (NKJV)

So let each of us march like a brave soldier, putting on the whole God-given armour, as described in Ephesians 6:10-18 — the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the boots of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, the word of God.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, You alone are our Refuge, our Rock, our Strength, and our Deliverer. We are helpless on our own, Lord. Help us to draw our strength from You, and march boldly. Show us the way, and help to be true to You and to love You, just as You love us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Anita John
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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