Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Some of the similarities of being a soldier as far as the word of God teaches.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LUK 6:40 “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

Their darkness was a result of their own ignorance (HOS 4:6; Cf. JOH 3:19; ROM 13:12; 2CO 4:6).

HOS 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

JOH 3:19 “And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light;

ROM 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

ISA 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

The point is that every believer has been enlisted in the spiritual army of God as a spiritual soldier of Jesus Christ.

They have not been sensitive and respectful to God’s book.

They have gone AWOL.
They have been side-lined or put on the injured list.

A soldier must give up his freedom to serve his country and a believer is to give up his freedom to serve TLJC.

MAT 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

MAT 16:25 “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.”

GAL 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through virtue-love serve one another.”

1PE 2:16 “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

A soldier must give up his freedom to serve his country and therefore the Christian soldier is to give up his freedom to serve TLJC.

A soldier must leave all of his worldly affairs behind as he goes forward to serve his country.

1. 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.

There is a great and powerful kingdom surrounding you and doing its’ best to stop you from going forward in the plan of God for your life…..and to try and hinder your spiritual growth.

It is called the kingdom of darkness and it is controlled by your adversary, the devil in 1PE 5:8.

The king of this world, Satan, with his many philosophies will keep on throwing them in your direction until he finally sees one hit.

We know that Satan is a king because he has a kingdom according to MAT 12:26, and he is the ruler of that kingdom.

You can try and hide from this as much as you want, but if you listen long enough to the shouting of the king………king Satan, the god of this world, eventually your life will cave in.

The philosophies are thrown at you from every angle.

Human viewpoint rationalization comes from family and friends.

Remember what our Lord said to the religious Jews in JOH 8:23 “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”

Satan has invisible missiles that attack the soul and cause human viewpoint on the part of believers which neutralizes them and draws them away from the PPOG.

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