JOIN THE ARMY AND BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer: He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
Psalm 18: 32-36
We have all seen the ads on TV. Be all that you can be in the army. They show people laughing and learning and having a great time. The reality is the army is a tough place to be and a tough place to stay. Right now we have troops overseas fighting for justice and freedom in foreign lands. We also have troops on our own soil protecting us from foreign invaders. Our troops train and are prepared to fight because they believe in what they are doing and love the people and country they protect.
God’s army is much the same. It is sometimes a tough place to be and a tough place to stay. If you are going to be in God’s army you need to train and be prepared when ever God calls you and where ever God tells you to go. And He will prepare you if you are willing. But you must be willing.
As a soldier of God basic training consists of studying the word of God. When we talk about the full armor of God (see Ephesians 6: 10-18) we are talking about the word of God. There is power in the word for the pulling down of strongholds. Whatever you may face can be faced with power and strength if you will call on the name of the Lord and use the word of God against the enemy Satan.
Sometimes as we advance in our training God will send us into difficult situations. We may not understand why at first but He always has His reasons. We need to learn to be obedient to His calling and trust Him to protect us and give us direction and wisdom. When a General gives an order in the heat of a battle and it passes down through the chain of command that order must be obeyed for the plan to succeed. God is our General and we must obey what He tells us either through His word or the leading of the Holy Spirit for God’s plans for us to succeed. He cannot bless us fully if we do not obey Him. As the scripture says He will arm you with strength and make your way perfect.
When you are truly dedicated to being a good soldier for God you cannot take it lightly. God will depend on you and so will other people. If you tell people you will pray for them and then you don’t do it you are neglecting your duty. If you offer to counsel with someone and then not prepare yourself you may be giving them wrong direction and information. Just like the illustration above when the general gives the order a good soldier will be dedicated to follow it through. And you need to be prepared for the unexpected also. That is why it is so important to read the word and get it deep inside of you so you will have that to call on in times of need.
We would be totally without hope if Jesus had decided not to obey the Father and walked away from the cross. He knew what he was facing and he knew it would be tough but he was obedient unto the cross. He had walked this earth and followed the commands of his father.
We will never be perfect like Jesus. No one ever will. However, we can strive to be all that we can be in God’s army.