In the Bible the faith of the Christian believer is often compared to the life of a soldier. We are told in I Timothy 6: 12 to ” fight the good fight of faith,” and to “lay hold on eternal life…” The war for the souls of mankind is constantly raging. The war is ongoing because our enemy(adversary), Satan, is relentless in his pursuit of the destruction of God’s most precious creation, man. This is why God’s word lets us know that we are to “arm” ourselves and to be covered in our armour at all times. To let down one’s guard leaves the Christian believer vulnerable to the attack of our vilest enemy. The attack that the enemy wages against a believer can take many forms; whether it is an assault on our health, our marriages, or even our salvation.
The armor of God for the Christian is listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. All of the armor is defensive with the exception of the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Even though written thousands of years ago, the passage of time in no way diminishes its power.The word of God is the offensive attack that a believer uses to completely decimate the adversary. The enemy(Satan) can not stand in the face of the word of God when it is spoken in faith. There are times when the Christian believer will have to literally fight for their own soul or for the souls or lives of others. But our fight is not carnal.
II Corinthians 10:4,5 states, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exhalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” While many times soldiers fight standing upright on both feet; one way that a Christian fights is in prayer on his or her knees.
II Timothy 2:3 states, “…Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” As Christians we are to be diligent in our work and our business; yet if we allow the care of this life to consume us that we become unfruitful in the main purpose of our lives ( being disciples of Christ), we have then become entangled. The seed that is in us becomes like that seed that Jesus said that fell among the thorns; the cares of this life choke it and make the word in us unproductive. Fighting the temptation to live by this world’s standards is a battle in itself and another message. May Jesus Christ give us the grace to be the soldiers that he wants us to be.