Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:20
As military officers, active in the Vineyard of the Lord, you cannot afford to be scared as to deny the Lord, your Commanding Officer, because Satan is engaging you in a combat. No wonder St. Vincent De Paul says, “The more we conquer ourselves the more he gives us of his grace; and if today we have had power to overcome our difficulty, tomorrow and the day after we shall he able to surmount others that are much greater and more distressing. ” Beloved in Christ, rejoice, ever more that you are called into this army by virtue of your Confirmation. Rejoice that every day; you stand on a sure foundation. For the scripture says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The LORD knoweth them that are his. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19 KJV). Standing on the sure foundation – Jesus Christ, therefore, one of your mission statements or rules of engagement is:
Use every piece of God’s armour to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle is over you will still stand firm (Eph. 6:13). You must be convinced within you that you are standing on a sure foundation, therefore spiritually ready to engage all forms of spiritual attacks that Satan and his fallen angels may throw at you. The battle is not physical but spiritual and therefore cannot be won with sin dominating our lives. As a soldier of Christ, therefore you must abhor sin and all the attractions to it and strive for holiness. Remember that you are a vessel of honour, having joined the army of Christ. As such, you cannot afford to be entangled with the affairs of civilian life (2 Tim. 2:4).
If holiness is your desire and pursuit then all godly weapons of warfare shall be at your disposal. At all times, you would stand your ground, holding on the truth and the armour of God’s holiness. As the scripture says these weapons (armours) are – truth as vour shield, salvation and the word of God as sword of the spirit and pravinu at all times.
Beloved in Christ, though we face trials and tribulations, even as soldiers of Christ, we need not to be scared at all. Jesus Christ is our Commanding Officer and our confidence should be on his word in Hebrews 13:5b, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”. During warfare, soldiers who are wounded are not left behind, but immediately carried away by other soldiers for safety and treatment. In the same vein, we must not abandon our fellow Christians wounded in the course of fighting the fight of faith. More often, we castigate or gossip a brother or sister wounded by Satan in the course of the military assignment. We often tend to conclude, so rashly, that sin is the reason for the fall. This is not the right attitude for a soldier on active service. Never sit back to condemn or criticize a fellow soldier of Christ, Priest or Layperson on account of afflictions upon him, because you may not be correct in your conclusion. It is demonic. As loving soldiers of Christ, you are expected to pick them up, carry them until they can walk again in Christ’s love and power. This can be done through tearful and painstaking intercessory prayer, not by wicked, hateful and mockery gossips. Hear Prophet Micah, “Therefore, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of salvation; my God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy, when I fall, I will arise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord w ill be a light to me” (Micah 7:7 – 9). Take time always to pray for other soldiers in the war front, for the battle is very fierce there. Let us Pray.
- Thank God for these two days reflection
- Pray for fellow soldiers in Christ who have been wounded in the battlefield and are out of faith now.
- Pray for Christians who today are facing the onslaught of Satan due their activities in the Vineyard of God
- Pray for the Daily Strength Team that we shall not fall prey to the onslaught of Satan
- Pray for all Daily Strength Financial Partners and Distributors that the Lord forms a hedge of protection around them.
Exercise: Go, encourage, and pray with that wounded soldiers of Christ around you.
Memory Verse: Ephesians 6:18