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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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July 1, 2011 - Soldiers

By Greg Ebie

Mike (not his real name) is a soldier in the U.S. Army. Years ago, when he first wanted to join, I told him his motives were all wrong. I honestly confronted him about some issues of personal maturity he needed to address. A few months later, he was again ready to enlist. This time he earnestly shared with me why serving in the military would be the right thing for him to do. I didn’t try to stop him, but went with him to the recruiter’s office. Today he is a soldier, and I am proud of the man he has become.

I know some Christians who have no idea that they too are soldiers — soldiers not of this world, but soldiers in God’s army. Many Christians have the mistaken idea that once saved they can enjoy the good life. God will always cause the sun to shine on them, so they can sit back and enjoy life until they get to heaven. Wake up! Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Christian who does not serve as a soldier in God’s army is unfaithful to Christ. Our enemy is real. The war rages on.

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:3,4, NIV).

Some may think being a soldier in God’s army is just a metaphor or figure of speech. Such are those who have enlisted (have accepted Christ as Savior) but have not yet completed basic training (have yet to make Him Lord of their lives). Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples, not converts. Converts are those rescued from the POW camps of sin and death. Disciples are those who become God’s soldiers.

The first enemy we must defeat is not Satan. Jesus has already defeated Satan at the cross. Christ’s victory is complete, and Satan has been humiliated (see Colossians 2:15).

None of us is ready to confront Satan and his legion of demons until we have first conquered the enemy of self. The battle is fought not somewhere out there, but within our minds. The desires of our flesh are opposed to the things of God; we must put the yearnings for comfort and pleasure to death (see Galatians 5:16-19,24). Thankfully, God has given us weapons with “divine power” to win the battle against self.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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