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Friday, June 30, 2017

2 Timothy 2:3, 4

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:3, 4

In Deuteronomy 20, God told the officers of the children of Israel that when they were to approach an enemy, they were to excuse from battle any soldier who had built a new house, planted a vineyard, or was engaged to be married. There was to be no place for men who would be distracted by domestic affairs, else they would jeopardize the lives of fellow soldiers. Moreover, anyone who would be fearful or fainthearted would be sent home.

As believers, we are continually involved in a spiritual battle. We are to fight for every inch of heavenly ground. Israel's enemies were the ungodly Canaanites. Our enemies are unseen, wicked spirits in heavenly places who are constantly trying to drive wedges between us and our Lord. They relentlessly try to disarm us by keeping us from our daily portion of God's heavenly manna, His Word. They bring continual distractions keeping us from engaging in effectual prayer. They want to pump fear into our thoughts so as to keep us from being the faithful witnesses that we are called to be. Therefore, we see the importance of Paul's exhortation to Timothy telling him that we indeed are in a great battle, a battle that requires complete commitment and undivided attention. So today, be armed, be committed to the Lord of the Armies as it is He who goes before you to fight for you. Recall the words of David…

"Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands" (1 Samuel 17:47).

Pastor Lyle Phillips



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