Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Christian soldier ought to be well-skilled in all things necessary for his calling. Pastor John Farley.
Thursday, October 5, 2006
WHEN God decides to open the door is a matter of His perfect timing.
1 Cor 16:9 “for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”
Satan and the kingdom of darkness are going to try to oppose the plan of God.
The ultimate goal of the kingdom of darkness is to do whatever it can to take you away from the PPOG and the teaching of Bible doctrine.
1. 2Ti 2 – Paul taught that a soldier does not lead a normal life, and the ministry is not a normal life.
2. A soldier must give up his freedom to serve his country, and a believer is to give up his freedom to serve TLJC.
3. A soldier must also leave all of his worldly affairs behind as he goes forward to serve his country.
4. The first thing that a soldier does is to go into training after he has enlisted in the military, and the first thing all believers need is spiritual training through the intake of doctrine.
5. A soldier is also known by his discipline, his armor, and his weapons.
The Christian soldier must be disciplined, have his armor on, and know how to use his weapons, EPH 6:11-18.
The soldier is trained so much to do the same thing over and over and over again through repetition, so that if he gets into a stressful situation and cannot think immediately, he will automatically do what he has been trained to do under pressure.
The more doctrinal things you can do automatically, the greater your life will be.
If you make good decisions from a position of strength in normal times, you will be able to do so in time of pressure and disaster.
The difference between fear and courage is the ability to concentrate under pressure.
Those of you who take the course under normal circumstances have a chance to learn how to handle disaster.
In combat, a man has to be trained for the job, and that takes time.
6. Soldiers are also clothed by the military they represent, so the Christian soldier is said to be clothed by TLJC.
GAL 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
7. A soldier is also told who to go to war with, and he understands who his enemies are; so the Christian soldier has his warfare appointed to him, and his enemies are made known to him by the scriptures.
REV 17:14 “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
The world is the enemy of the Christian soldier insofar as the things of the world, the pleasures or the profits of the world, take the believer away from the plan of God.
8. A soldier is also supplied logistically as he goes forward in training, discipline, and warfare, so the Christian soldier is provided logistical grace for his spiritual walk and warfare.
1CO 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.
It requires self-discipline and organization to execute the PPOG even if you have Bible doctrine as your number 1 priority.
Exercise is used as an analogy to godliness because “exercise” requires self-discipline.