Maybe it is because with young boys everything in my house is a weapon or perhaps it is because I grew up brothers (one of which is now in military), but the image of being a soldier in Christ’s army is thrilling to me!
Second Timothy 2:3-4 says to “share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” Just before that in verse 1 it says to “be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
So our purpose as “good soldiers” is not to be focused on the things of the world, but God. Further, our strength to fight comes through the grace of Christ alone and not our own ability.
I wrote last time that for at least a year after my husband’s affair was revealed I was struggling through attacks on my mind. The truth is that I felt my anger was righteous and therefore dwelling on thoughts that made me angry was just part of the deal. However, it lead me to condemn him for his sin over and over again. I expected my husband to battle sinful thoughts daily yet I struggled to see how mine lead me to sin. Until God broke my heart over my harbored unforgiveness, I had no desire to really go to battle against my own thought life.
I want to be a good soldier. And I want to be on the same side of the fight as my husband. Praise God that he showed me the grace I have through Christ which strengthened me to start fighting like one!
Second Corinthians 10:4-6 says
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” (NIV)
Because I am a soldier for God I go to battle with spiritual weapons (Paul writes more about the Armor of God in Ephesians) and by making my thoughts obey Christ rather than my flesh.
Several posts back Megan wrote about preparing for suffering by memorizing scripture. The same is true for any spiritual battle. I cannot begin to tell you how much mental and emotional freedom God has given me as he has helped me battle my thoughts with his word. As I feel a thought creeping in or enter a situation I know will trigger thoughts of things that I have forgiven, I win battles when I lean on the word of God. Often I start the battle with “Lord, help me to take this thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.”
Just as we recently celebrated America’s freedom from British rule, let me remember the deeper freedom that we have from sin. We have victory over sin because you allowed your son, our ultimate warrior to go to the cross. Pleading with you to forgive us.
I pray today that you would give me a deeper glimpse into that understanding. Let me desire to fight in your battle because I know the joy that I have in relationship to you.
Let me and my husband not live as captives, slaves of sin but rather warriors for you. Give us freedom over our thoughts as you help us to make them obedient to Christ.
There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ. Lord, my husband has been repentant and I have forgiven his sins against me. Let that be true in my mind as Satan battles for my thoughts. Grant me the strength to fight that comes only from you. Remind me that the ultimate battle has already been won!
Your Soldier in the Round,
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