The Character of the Christian Soldier

The Character of the Christian Soldier

 

James 4:7-10 (ESV) ~ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

 

It is no secret that the Christian is engaged in spiritual warfare. The battle we are engaged in continues to become more difficult with each passing day. There seems to be no end to the assault and tactics of the enemy. We can choose to ignore this warfare, but that does not stop the attacks from coming.

 

I have been asked, how do we handle these attacks? Several things come to mind: prayer, fasting, bible reading, study of the Word, prepare, put on the WHOLE armor of God.

 

Let’s look at prepare: if the church is to be prepared, then we as believers must be prepared. We are the church and we have an obligation to do all we can to be prepared and overcome. Let’s stop and take a moment to see what is expected of us to be prepared and to also enjoy a victorious life:

 

  • Christian Allegiance
    • We see in verse 7 to commands: submit and resist. These are vital to those that belong to God and are following Him.
    • We must both submit and resist, both actions are required. We can never defeat him and his hoards of evil …
      • By standing and fighting alone
      • By going our own way
      • By giving in a little
      • By refusing to listening to God
    • We have an obligation to follow God’s commands and live according to His will.
    • Romans 6:13 (ESV) ~ Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
    • Let’s take a look at the two commands, submit and resist, in more detail:
      • Our Resignation ~ “Submit yourselves therefore to God”
        • This is something that looks simply on the surface. We all know that we submitted ourselves to God the moment He saved us. We yielded our lives to His will as we were born again. But, it seems with time that we fail to fully submit our lives to Him.
        • History has never recorded a successful battle without proper leadership. If we are to be successful in this spiritual warfare, we are to submit ourselves to the authority of the Lord.
        • This involves every area of our lives. Some don’t have much of a problem with church attendance, for example, but when it interferes with our life outside of the church, now the problem becomes known.
        • Many are willing to abandon most aspects of the old life but refuse to let go of others. They have drawn the line and are willing to go no further.
        • We must submit ourselves, line up under the authority of God, seeing Him as our Lord and Master.
        • Romans 12:1 (ESV) ~ I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
      • Our Resistance ~ “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
        • How many times have we heard the question asked as to how we are to deal with the attacks of Satan? How do we overcome his advance and his tactics?
        • Resist him! This means to “stand against him, oppose him in every situation.” There is no room for compromise. We cannot give into anything that the devil brings our way.
        • There are those who are arrogant to believe that they are above the attacks of the devil, these are those who are prime targets. They are venerable because of their self-confidence.
        • We must have the power of God working in us and through us if we are to be victorious.
        • Romans 12:2 (ESV) ~ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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