There was one thing Paul made very clear in his instructions to Timothy; being a faithful man of God would include “warfare”. ‘To the Corinthians he said, “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). This “divine power” was to be used to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (10:5). Paul realized, and so must we, that there are forces continually working to undermine truth in the minds and hearts of believers.
To strengthen Timothy, Paul charges him to “wage the good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18). He also tells Timothy to “share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3). Any warfare will require suffering, but the suffering in itself is never the focus of a soldier. It is “his aim to please the one who enlisted him” (2:4). The Commander sends His soldier into areas that need the most protection from enemy attack.
There is no doubt that the Church is under attack, and it is being felt in some areas more than others. Parts of the Church are not even aware they are under attack causing those who should “be alert” to be weak and unfaithful. Rather than using “divine power,” leaders are allowing “fierce wolves [to] come in among [them], not sparing the flock; and from among [their] own selves will arise men speaking twisted things” (Acts 20:29-30).
Oh, soldier of Christ, awake and “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil…take…the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:11, 17). If you sleep in the hour of trouble, you will be unfaithful to our Commander and the Church will suffer!
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