A Fight to the Finish

Hi Ya’ll.  As a part of my book series, The Missionary Dog,  I have been doing a lot of research on the Army.  In the story the missionary dogs are in the Lord’s Army and actually every Christian is the Lord’s Army.  It wasn’t until I actually started learning about the Army that I realized how incredible it is to be enlisted.  When we start seeing ourselves as not just a mere Christian but enlisted in the Lord’s Army with a specific mission and orders to carry out; it changes everything.  At least it has for me.
In Boot Camp a solider learns that it is no longer, “I”, but “we”.  When you accept salvation you become apart of something much bigger than you.  Salvation enlists you in the Body of Christ, The Lord’s Army.  Jesus Christ is the head the chief, the commanding officer, the General.  You are enlisted in His Army with specific missions to accomplish.  If you think about any war there is a specific enemy and fight.  We are at war with the devil, he wants to defeat us.  John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  Our enemy is very real and active and sometimes I think we put him in a little box and diminish his real threat to our lives and mission.  We have to start seeing the devil as our enemy.  Let this serve as your pep talk, brush up on the art of warfare and the enemies strategies.  This is WAR!
You are probably familiar with the verse Ephesians 6:12 but the message translation is so appropriate right here.  Ephesians 6:12 (MSG )And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.  You have not been left without weapons.  Two of the best weapons are the Bible, and our mouth.  There is the power of life and death in our tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) He gave us his name and all the power that holds.  He even gave us an armor (Eph 6:11).
I want to remind you that Jesus already won the war for us.  But we have to finish the fight, put on that armor and start holding your ground against the devil.  The word battle means =  a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing military forces.  I’ll leave you with just one more verse. II Timothy 2: 4 (TLB) and as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in worldly affairs, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.  May we all hear “Bravo Zulu” (well done) when we stand before the General.  This is Sergeant Sarah signing off.


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