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Spiritual Battles – The Price of Victory

In my last post, I talked about what it means to bring our petitions to God in prayer. It’s all about being moved in our spirits by the same passion that stirs the Lord.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:18

We must be passionate as we live in this spiritual battle zone. We need to be passionate about our duty. This is what we’re called – under orders – to carry out.

In Scripture, we’re told what’s important to our Commander. God’s people should be petitioning for workers in the field, healing, deliverance, protection, baptism in the spirit, and for God’s will to be accomplished.

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer.
2 Timothy 2:3-4

It’s clear from Scripture that there are two different mentalities. You could think like a soldier or as a civilian. Which are you?

In my last post, I used the illustration of a company of soldiers who were ordered to take a hill. They’re making a passionate call for reinforcements, air support, and medical evacuation of the wounded so that they could fulfill their orders.

At the same time, back home, there are people safe in their houses watching TV. They don’t know or care that this company of soldiers is pinned down. They don’t know or care about the objective to take that hill. They don’t know or care if these soldiers succeed or die trying.

Maybe the next day they’ll hear a news report about soldiers who were killed in the line of duty and say, “That’s too bad.”

The key mentality of battle is that each soldier knows the importance of the objective. They know just how precious every foot of ground is. They also know what the cost of advancement is.

There are people in the body of Christ right now, who go to church on Sunday. They sing, clap, and hear a message that uplifts them. Then they go off happily to their homes. Or maybe they go off to work or play. They don’t know or care that there’s a lost soul about to enter eternity that needs to hear the message of the cross NOW.

“God, send reinforcements.”

They don’t care that the enemy has trapped someone in a prison of drug addiction.

“God, send air support. Break the stronghold so we can set them free.”

That’s what this word, petition means. Knowing the objective and passionately begging for the support from on high. Not because we need to beg, but because we know the cost of failure. We know how precious a soul is to the Lord.

We know the price of victory. We have a warrior’s mentality.

Question: How do you fulfill the call to bring petitions to the Lord on behalf of others?

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Good Soldiers

2 Timothy 2:3-4 – Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.
(NIV)

Hardship – no one likes the sound of that word.  The fact is, living involves hardship.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live.  Even God, Himself did not promise us a life of ease if we would follow Him.

More than that, soldiers are trained to endure hardships that most people never have to face.  I, personally, am so thankful to our armed forces for being in those front lines so that I can enjoy the freedom that most of us just take for granted.  They live a life of hardship so that others can live securely.

Whether we want to hear it or not, we are in the front lines of a spiritual battle for the lives of those living all around us.  In the same way that an American soldier must train for hardships, we need to be spiritually strong.  We need to be built up in our faith and in the knowledge of God.

Don’t be like so many who wait for a spiritual attack to run to the Lord for help.  Be ready at all times.  Be strong and secure with your feet firmly planted in the Word of God.  Be filled with His Spirit.  Be armed and awake as a good soldier of Christ.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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