Open Heaven: Soldiers of the Cross

Open Heaven 29 May 2018 Memorise: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2nd Timothy 2:3

Read: 2nd Timothy 2:1-11 Open Heaven 29 May 2018

1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the
same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others
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.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may
also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

Open Heaven 29 May 2018
Bible in one year: 1st Kings 7, Acts 2:1-28
Hymnal: Sing hymn 16

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It is important for a child of God to recognize and understand the
purpose of the multifaceted life we are called to by God. For this
reason, the Holy Spirit reveals to us in 2nd Timothy 2:3 that we have
been called to be soldiers of Jesus Christ. A Soldier does certain
things to fulfil his or her vocation.

Enduring hardness, shunning worldly pleasures and distractions, and
keeping to the rules of military service are some of the basic
characteristics expected of a soldier. Soldiers are also required to
fight to defend the territorial integrity of their country from external
attacks. In addition, they are to engage in warfare to expand the
territory of their commander-in-chief, monarch or emperor.

As it is in the physical, so it is in the spiritual. The comportment
of a soldier is that of discipline, and a Christian soldier should be
even more disciplined. This will help him or her to endure hardness,
which means learning to be full and also to be empty as the situation
demands (Philippians 4:12).

If a soldier of the cross is not disciplined enough to endure
hardness, he or she will end up like Esau, who sold his birthright for a
plate of pottage (Hebrews 12:16). Our Lord Jesus laid
down a good example for us to follow in this regard when He refused to
turn stone into bread even though He was hungry (Luke 4:3-4).

A soldier of Jesus Christ avoids any distraction that would take his
or her focus away from the way of the cross he or she is fighting to
defend. Materialism is not a problem for a true soldier of Jesus Christ
who has learnt to be modest. Concerning this, our Commander-in-chief in Luke 12:15 said this to us:

“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: of a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Just a soldier fight to defend the territorial integrity of the
Kingdom of their king, a soldier of Jesus Christ fights against sin,
which destroy mankind and God’s created world, by preaching the gospel.
He or she preaches the love of God so that men may embrace it and live a
good life that will impact the lives of others positively.

Soldiers of Jesus Christ do not only fight to defend, they also
attack the opposing kingdom of the devil. They do this by proclaiming
the word of God, which is alive and powerful, against the workers of

While putting on the whole armour of God, soldiers of Christ also
exercise their divinely given authority in the place of prayer. They
have no time for frivolities because they are always watchful. Beloved,
are you numbered among the soldiers of Jesus Christ? Are you thriving in
spite of the challenges of the call to fight against unrighteousness?
May the Lord see you through to the very end in Jesus’ Name.

Prayer Point:
Father, please uphold me to the very end, deliver me from all forms
of worldly entertainment and grant me grace to please You all the way.

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