Be All You Can Be in the Army of the Lord
by Joshua Nicholson
are at war, my friends. As I write these words, warfare is taking
place. I'm not talking about Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan,
or any other "stan". The battles of this war are not being fought
carnally…but spiritually. And, ya know what? Every one of us is
a soldier, a warrior in this campaign.
2 Timothy 2:3-4
3. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier
of Jesus Christ.
4. 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.
word "chosen" in verse 4 comes from the Greek word "stratologeo",
which can also be interpreted to mean "enlist". There is another
instance where Paul refers to his co-laborers, his brothers in
Christ as fellow soldiers.
1. Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy
our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
2. And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our
fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
see, God has enlisted us to be in his great army, and just like
in the American army, dodging the draft can have serious repercussions.
Why would you want to, anyway? If you know you're on the winning
side, why try to get out of it?
look at the story of Jonah. God enlisted him to go to Nineveh to
preach repentance to those lost soul. Jonah thought to himself, "Whoa!
Hold on there! Nineveh?! Man, that's one tough crowd! I could get
seriously whooped if I go there! Ya know, I think I'll just run
in the opposite direction."
he did. And…well, you know the story. He got on a boat…got in a
big storm…got thrown off of the ship by the crew…got swallowed
by a big fish…repented…the fish spit him out…and he ended up going
to Nineveh, anyway!
see, if you try to get out of the great things God has planned
for you, things might turn a bit…shall we say…sour. Just listen
to your commanding officer, and do something!
brings me to my next point: Christianity is not a spectator sport.
If you've got the fire of God in you and you know that you have
a greater purpose, you can't just sit on the sidelines and expect
for good things to happen. You've got to get out there and fulfill
your duties! When you start following the orders of your leader,
your commander in chief (God), then things will start moving for
you see any type of war footage, in the heat of battle, you don't
see the soldiers just sitting off to the sidelines, do you? Eating
a sandwich…watching the bullets fly by…saying, "Wow! Did you see
the lovely reds and oranges in that explosion?" Of course you don't!
An army of those soldiers would be destroyed faster than you can
say, "Yes, Drill Sergeant!"
can't make bread without kneading some dough, and you can't fight
any battles by watching from the sidelines in a comfy chair. The
battle is raging on, and so should we!
Joshua, I'm not sure of what my duties are."
here are a few orders for you that come straight from the top:
your spirit-man in top condition; I Corinthians 9:27
away from lustful things; James 4:5-7; I Peter 2:11
the gospel for the saving of souls like there's no tomorrow… literally;
II Timothy 2:1-2
you follow these orders, you'll do just fine! Once you start obeying
the word of God and keep that direct connection with the Lord,
you'll notice that you'll hear his orders more clearly. He'll help
you to be all you can be in his army!
great, Joshua! But, what can I use for protection when I'm out
that's easy! Just put on the full armor of God!
13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of
God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace;
16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;
aside from all of these fine tools, you've got a nice bundle of
other spiritual tools, but those are for another lesson.
Now I've got my orders and the tools to work with! But, where
can I get the training to use all of this stuff?"
that part is the hardest. This is where you must, as the apostle
Paul put it in I Timothy 6:12, "fight the good fight of faith".
You've got to fully rely on God, and he'll lead you through all
of the bad times as well as the good ones. A tendency of man is
to go to God for help only when there's a problem and to almost
completely ignore Him when things are good. That makes you soft
and causes you to be unprepared for the ensuing battle, and you
never want to give the enemy the upper hand. Keep your spirit-man
in top condition at all times; then, you'll have the upper hand
on the enemy.
sometimes I get kind of busy…"
God ever too busy for you?
you should never be too busy for God. Make time for God. When you've
got few seconds of free time here, some free time there, just check
in with God. You'll find that when you keep that constant connection,
the connection will get stronger!
don't lose faith! Read in Numbers 14, where the Jews lost their
faith. See what happened to them! I've said it before, and I'll
say it again. When you're in God's army, you already know who's
going to win. So, why worry? Don't always trust your mind. When
God tells you to do something, then you assess the situation and
find it a bit frightening, ignore your assessment. If God tells
you to do something, it's because He knows that, with his help,
you're able to handle it. He'll never give you more that you can
handle (Matthew 11:28-30).
you've got your orders, you've got your tools, and you've got your
motivation. Now, go be all you can be in the army of the Lord!
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