This is the first post from new All4God writer Josh Duddy. Before the main devotional, here’s a quick bit of info as to who he is: “Hey, my names Josh Duddy. I’m a first year physics student and loving every second of it. I could do with a few less assignments though, but 2 hour work days suit me well! I love sport and do boxing and a martial art – ‘Tai-jutsu’! I love the Lord with all my body, heart, mind and soul. I seek to serve Him on a daily basis, not for my own self gratitude but for that of His”
Warriors for God
As Christians we can feel powerless, and we can accept the stereotype society places upon us of being helpless and weak. But… we are…. I know it sounded as if I was going to say we aren’t… but no! Why else are we Christians? We are weak; we accept that we cannot do anything to save our lives. It is only through Christ that we can have eternal life, and not through our own works. Although this is the case, we have strength, strength beyond all imagination. Our strength comes from the ‘Lord of heavens armies’! God in all his glory has the grace to give us the spirit to help us in our life. Jeremiah chapter 1 verse 18 says:
For see, today I have made you strong
like a fortified city that cannot be captured,
like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.
You will stand against the whole land—
the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah
I would advise reading all of Jeremiah 1, for it is an amazing chapter of the bible. It holds encouragement from God, which simply, we need.
We must rebel against society, rebel against the shackles it puts upon us and show the atheists, scoffers and wise-crackers the true glory of the Ruler of the world and this universe– God. We each have a personal calling from God to ‘prepare for action’ and ‘not be afraid’ (v17). The language used hear is a tell-tale sign of what our life as a Christian involves when we aim to share the Gospel message of Christ’s death and resurrection. God tells Jeremiah to prepare for ‘action’, this entails that there will be a fight, but from whom? The devil. Ephesians 6:12:
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Satan will try and trick us, he will try and deceive us – therefore we must be vigilant and put on the armour of God to do battle with our greatest enemy. Ephesians 6:10-17 equips us with this armour. The ‘belt of truth’, to fight against the lies of the devil, lies which can sometimes seem like the truth. Next, the ‘Breast plate of righteousness’, often Satan’s attacks strike at our hearts, at our self-worth and emotions – righteousness ensures that our hearts are protected and we have His approval. For shoes, ‘put on the peace that comes from the Good News’, the devil will try and trick us into thinking that witnessing the Good news is too big and a worthless cause. He tries to fool us into thinking that the road is too long, but these shoes help us to keep going, they give us the peace that comes from God. Pick up your shield of ‘faith’; this helps us defend against the fiery arrows of Satan, in the form of insults, setbacks and temptations. With God’s perspective we can see through these problems and battle on with the knowledge that the ultimate victory is ours. In addition, put on the helmet of salvation, Satan wants us to doubt God, Jesus and our salvation through Christ. Putting on the helmet of salvation protects our minds from doubting God. Finally, pick up your weapon Christian warrior; wield the sword of ‘The Word of God’ with pride and courage. The sword is the only weapon of offence in this list. There are times when we need to take the offence against Satan and strike his heavy blows down – when we are tempted we need to trust in the truth of God’s Word.
The battle is hard and tough and we must hold nothing back. We must put our whole heart into our mission and tell everyone what God tells us to say. Coming back to Jeremiah 1:17
Get up and prepare for action.
Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say.
Do not be afraid of them,
or I will make you look foolish in front of them.
There is wisdom in this call, Jeremiah must get clear whose mind he is expressing and he must put away all his fear and timidity. God goes further and warns him ‘… I will make you look foolish…’. God is not committed to keeping ‘Mr. Anything’ out of trouble. He must tell the people everything. But this is a book written 1000’s of years ago, how could this ever apply to me today? Well, we are commanded to go out and make disciples of all men. It is our calling to go out and tell everyone of the message of Christ. We are to be bold and strong in our beliefs and convictions. It is not out message, but the message of God. Now, that verse seems rather harsh, but look again at the first verse I quoted (Jeremiah 1:18). The reason we must not be afraid is because God is with us and he will build us up in strength.
Finally God finishes his call to action with this, Jeremiah 1:19
They will fight you, but they will fail.
For I am with you, and I will take care of you.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
God’s way in general for us, and for Jeremiah is not to stop the fight, but to stand by the warrior. He is forming a company of veterans, ‘called and chosen and faithful’ (Revelation 17:14). Remember Christian Warrior, ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31).
The Lord of Heavens army is recruiting warriors to fight the greatest battle in all of history! If you are a Christian, you are in God’s army; your life is a daily fight against the devil and his lies. Be courageous and put on the armour of God, pick up his mighty sword and through his might, great things will happen. Have the courage to speak to others about God, for you know there is nothing on this earth more important than his Sovereignty.
I am a Christian Warrior of God, what say you brothers and sisters?