The Christian soldier as stated by Paul in Ephesians is that of conflict, which has many different seasons. Let me explain.
- There are seasons of prosperity and seasons of testing; These seasons of testing includes, troubles, tribulations, temptations, light and darkness, victory and battles.
Let me give you an example of this testing time of our faith with something recent in my wifes life.
With her permission I will share this example;
In my wifes, Gleneva’s own words; “I went for my yearly Mammogram, I have been faithful in doing this for the last 9 years, after having been diagnosed in 2010 with breast cancer.
This was not the first time they had called me back for a re-check for something, “Suspicious!” More views and an ultrasound were scheduled. I was suddenly overcome with anxiety and panic. Horrible little oppressors. My peace was no longer abounding, I was filled with turmoil, battling the forces taunting me.
I turned to my heavenly Father for his strength, wisdom and comfort. The fear was at times overwhelming but I knew this battle belonged to God. My husband has been encouraging me but I knew I needed an army so I spoke with our children and my sisters, asked them to suit up in their armour.
Ephesians 6:10-17, and stand with me in faith believing, as if God needed any reinforcements. I walked out my 7 days full of emotions, as I sought God every moment his whispers began to break through my doubts and fears. It was hard to hear Him through all the shouting satan was doing!
“Whose report do you believe”, “but God, I don’t have a report yet,” “Whose report do believe,” I knew then, at that very moment I believe Gods! His report says I am healed!!!
Their report, scar tissue from lumpectomy years ago! Praise be to God my Heavenly Father from whom all my Blessings flow!” I STAND FIRM ON GOD’S WORD!
Yes, various seasons will come and it is vital to be alert in prayer and be found in His Word for this will keep us watchful and cautious, especially in today’s world.
But, during these seasons, always remember, the battle is not ours, Jesus overcame Satan by the Word of God and so can we. We too can use the Word of God and through the blood of the lamb; Christ in us, the Hope of Glory! When you stand strong in Christ and in the faith, Satan will find no place in you!
In the New Testament “watch” is translated as:
- Absence of sleep; a wakeful frame of mind, keep awake, attentive, constant, and vigilant.
- Full awake; a rousing effort, an excitement to attention and interest, active, cautious.
- To be calm and collected in spirit; defined as; dispassionate, untouched by slumberous or beclouding influences, a wariness against all pitfalls and beguilements.
Let me break it down this way. This 3rd translation used in the Bible for the meaning “watch” is probably one of the most overlooked in the Christian life. As we are “watchful” this includes that of being calm in our spirit; we must know who we are and who’s we are in Christ.
Yes, untouchable and alerted to influences and guarded against any and all snares, troubles and difficulties; including charming, luring, fascinating and mesmerizing situations; as though real but counterfeit.
This will take nothing less than the Holy Spirit leading and guiding the believer. As God speaks WE listen.
In a previous thought earlier this year, I had written on the importance to “seek God”. We as believers are to “seek the things … above.”
To “seek” – is to aspire, to desire and with passion. In order to seek the things above, the mind must be set on them. This will take “loving heavenly things” in other words, let our hearts
be entirely engrossed by them.
“Earthly things” are not all evil, but there are some of them that are. Some things that are not harmless in themselves may become harmful if permitted to take the place of the things reserved for things above.
As stated in Colossians 3:5 – 9 (v5)Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry…
(V9) Rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other.
Another way to look at this, the Christian is to pray at all times, in all seasons. In otherwords, “praying always, with all prayer.” The Christian soldier, if he fights to win, must be one of much prayer which enables him to defeat his enemy, the devil and his demons. Prayer and His Word will keep our thoughts and mind alert and our heart filled with the passion of Christ.
Yes, the Christian life is warfare, of intense conflict, a battle waged against invisible foes, which are ever alert and seeking to entrap, deceive and ruin the souls of men.
Let me emphasize whose battle this is; the battle is our Lords but it will take our prayers to defeat Satan in our lives.
Another way to see this is, sometimes one will say, “Music is his life” or “Sports is his life” or “He lives for his work.” Of the Christian let it be said, “Jesus Christ is his life.”
Again let me quote Apostle Paul, the Christian warrior is compelled to “endure hardship like a good soldier.” The Christian soldier wrestles not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness (spirits) in high places. Yes, the Christian warrior must “put on the whole armor of God” and “to pray with all prayer (different manners) of prayer and supplication (asking) in the Spirit.”
How can the brave warrior for Christ be braver still? The power of prayer and praying in the Holy Spirt is that which adds to the fighting qualities of a more certain victories in God’s good fighting men. It will take prayer, and more prayer to “fight the good fight of faith.”
It cannot be stated enough that the Christian experience, the life of the Christian soldier is a life of continual prayer. This power in prayer is a power only given by Christ, the lawgiver of prayer.
Yes, the intention, implication and action of the Christian soldier is all dependent on its being a life of prayer. How can the Christian soldier fail, if in addition to putting on the armor of God he is, at all times and all seasons, “watching and praying.”?
Prayer must be added to the armor of God in one’s life for a life of victory.
The Christian experience will be without power and of no effect; and the Christian influence will
be dry and barren, unless prayer has a high place in the life.
Truly the value of prayer in one’s life is priceless. It will mean everything in this life; for without prayer, situations just get worse and life seems worthless.
When our hearts are right, prayer is the very thing that moves God and in turn God is the very one that moves the mountains and causes change for the good in one’s life.
May PRAYER be considered in all we do, in all things!
My prayer for all believers today, to continue to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ through His Word and in much prayer!
As Always, love in Christ Jesus,