Friday, August 14, 2020

July's Soldiers

2 Tim. 2:3-4 (KJV) 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.

As we celebrated Independence day with the world God pulled the veil back to reason with me on how Independence came about for America. The shedding of Blood did it. There were more than a few good soldiers that fought and gave their lives so that Americans may be Independent. To compare American bloodshed with the bloodshed of Saints may help you see the need for soldiers in the army of the Lord. What are you will to sacrifice for souls to be saved? Jesus shed His blood so that all may have right to salvation.

Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

When we accept Christ as our Lord and savior we step right in the middle of a war zone. So who is going to be on the Lords side? Are you a solider in the army of the Lord? God has not given us the spirit of fear. He is well able to instruct you, protect you, and complete all the work that He has begun. We must study to show ourselves approved. As we study what God says about fighting I pray we become equipped to endure hardships, tribulations, and the wiles of the devil. There is hope and an expected end to being a Soldier for the Lord. All believers are called to be warriors for God in this world. But the minister of God is called to do more: They are called to take charge and to lead in being a warrior.

A spiritual warfare is being fought for the minds and souls of people. The minister of God is to be right in the middle of the war. Ministers are God?s instruments to teach mankind the way to God and righteousness. If God's ministers do not fight and struggle to lead men to God, millions of souls will perish without ever knowing the way to God. This is the reason ministers must charge into the battle for the minds and souls of men. So much depends upon the minister of God we must be faithful and fight a good warfare.

1. The charge: to fight a good warfare.

2. The equipment and weapons of war: the faith and a good conscience.

3. The warning: conscience can be put away and faith shipwrecked.

Ephes. 6:10-11 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephes. 6:12). 2 Cor. 10:3-4 (KJV) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: [4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 2 Cor. 10:5 (KJV) 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;

This is the duty of a soldier in the army of the Lord. We must hate what He hates. We must make our calling and election by God sure. We must become skillful so that we never fall. We also must obey the instructions of God to be diligent to prepare ourselves, to Put on the whole armour of God, and to have a constant prayer life to stay connected to the source of our power.

2Peter 1: 10-11 [10] Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: [11] For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

spoude, Greek 4710, Strong's spoude, spoo-day'; from Greek 4692 (speudo); "speed", i.e. (by implication) despatch, eagerness, earnestness :- business, (earnest) care (-fulness), diligence, forwardness, haste. klesis, Greek 2821, Strong?s klesis, klay'-sis; from a shorter form of Greek 2564 (kaleo); an invitation (figurative) :- calling. ekloge, Greek 1589, Strong?s ekloge, ek-log-ay'; from Greek 1586 (eklegomai); (divine) selection (abstract or concrete) :- chosen, election. bebaios, beb'-ah-yos; from the base of Greek 939 (basis) (through the idea of basality); stable (literal or figurative) :- firm, of force, stedfast, sure.

2 Peter 1:1-21 (KJV) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: [2] Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, [3] According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: [4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. [5] And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; [6] And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; [7] And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. [8] For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. [10] Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: [11] For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. [12] Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. [13] Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; [14] Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. [15] Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. [16] For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. [17] For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. [18] And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. [19] We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: [20] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. [21] For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Stop! There is so much More. But in all thy getting get an understanding. Who is Jehovah Saboath- the Lord of Hosts? Who is Elohim? What about the angels? Yes, there are many questions you must ask to dig deeper into what God is saying. If you know the Lord of Hosts you will know Him to fight your battles. Ask the Lord to feed you on the hidden manna of this word. Soak it in with understanding and revelation from God. Do the Word! Ask Him to show you what you need to know from this teaching. And then read the commentary below to further understand what God is saying to you. Commentary Peter had heard and answered God?s call. God did not override Peter's will?He wanted Peter in the ministry, so He called Peter. But note: it was up to Peter to hear and respond. c. Peter was called to be an apostle, that is, to be a minister. He was not called to occupy a position of authority or to be honored by men. First, a person is to give all diligence, to add "these things" to his faith and life. As Scripture says, the believer "is to work out his own salvation"

(Phil. 2:12). Second, the great power of "these things" stresses their importance. These things work within the life of the believer to meet five desperate needs of man, five things for which the soul of the believer aches and longs. Glancing at the five points of : 2 Peter 1:8-11 in the outline of the Scripture will again show the great importance of these things in the believer's life. Third, Peter's heavy stress upon the importance of "these things" is phenomenal. And give all diligence to adding them. Hasten, jump, act now to add them; don't wait. Be energetic and earnest, strenuously work to add these things to your faith and salvation.

1.Add "virtue" (areteWS: 4234): moral excellence and goodness of character; moral strength and moral courage. It means manliness; being an excellent person in life, a real man or a real woman in life; living life just like one should, in the most excellent way. It means always choosing the excellent way.

2. Add "knowledge" (gno? PWS: 2274): practical intelligence, practical knowledge, practical insight. It means knowing what to do in every situation and doing it; it is practical, day to day knowledge that sees situations and knows how to handle them. It is seeing the trials and temptations of life and knowing what to do with them and doing it. Remember the charge: we must add knowledge to our faith. We must give diligent attention to the situations of life and figure out how to conquer them.

3. Add "temperance" (egkrateia): to master and control the body or the flesh with all of its lusts. It means self-control, the master of desire, appetite and passion, especially sensual urges and cravings. It means to be strong and controlled and restrained. It means to stand against the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-16). The believer is to know that self-control is of God, a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

4.Add "patience" (hupomone?WS: 2848): endurance, fortitude, stedfastness, constancy, perseverance. The word is not passive; it is active. It is not the spirit that just sits back and puts up with the trials of life, taking whatever may come. Rather it is the spirit that stands up and faces life's trials, that actively goes about conquering and overcoming them. When trials confront a man who is truly justified, he is stirred to arise and face the trials head on. He immediately sets out to conquer and overcome them. He knows that God is allowing the trials in order to teach him more and more patience (endurance).

5.Add "godliness" (eusebeian): Add "brotherly kindness" (philadelphian PWS: 452): the very special love that exists between brothers and sisters within a loving family, brothers and sisters who truly cherish one another. It is the kind of love...

6.Add "love" (agape? the love of the mind, of the reason, of the will. It is the agape love of God, the love that goes so far...