Soldiers in the Army of The LORD

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers (kosmokrator skotos vs helios kosmokrator) of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (light phos)

  • Recruited
    • Before the foundations of the world. Ephesians 1:4 he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love
    • In our mothers womb Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 49:1
    • While we were yet in our sins. (Romans 5:6-11)
    • Called and drawn by God John 6:44
    • At the right time
  • Inducted –Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath.
    • Baptized in water and the Spirit Matthew 28:19
    • Receiving the Holy Spirit as an earnest Ephesians 1:13,14
    • Becoming Sons and Daughters of God, subjects of the Kingdom John 1:12,13
  • Trained
    • Taught by the Holy Spirit 1 John 2:27
    • Taught by trials and sufferings James 1:2-4 (esprit de corps group spirit; sense of pride)
    • Taught by the elders in the faith Ephesians 4:11-16
    • Taught by obedience though and through suffering Hebrews 5:8 *Jesus’ example
  • Commissioned
    • Disciples given “Great Commission” to preach the gospel of the Kingdom throughout the world. (Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) varies)
  • Equipped
    • Weapons II Corinthians 10:3-4 (Kathairesis destruction/extinction)
    • Signs and wonders follow verifying the word Mark 16:15-18,Acts 4:30
    • God equips us for the work He commissions us for
    • Spirit guides us into truth, directs, shows us things to come John 16:13,  Isaiah 30:21 (errors to the left)
    • Spirit gives us word to speak Matthew 10:19,20  1 Corinthians 2:4
    • The scriptures our guide II Timothy 3:16,17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
    • Elder members of the body as guides
  • Deployed
    • Everyone a mission field determined by God Acts 1:8 ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
    • Jerusalem
      • The home front
      • Churchianity
    • Judea
      • Believers who need the their faith fanned
      • Babes in Christ
      • Those wandering from the faith
    • Samaria
      • The so-called heretics, apostates
      • The pseudo-Christian faiths (JW, SDA, Mormons)
    • The ends of the earth
      • The unsaved
      • The new age, the Muslim, Hindu, animist, pagan, Wiccan, Buddhist, the atheist/agnostic
      • or those with no religion at all
  • Promoted
    • Humility rather than aggressiveness or a competitive spirit is rewarded
      • Luke 14:11, For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled. And he who humbles himself shall be promoted.
      • James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will promote you.”
      • 1 Pet. 5:5-6, God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
    • Self-control
      • 1 Corinthians 9:24,25  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible
    • Endurance
      • Endurance and patience are attributes of a winner
      • ”The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but to those who endureth to the end.” ??? no such bible verse, but
      • Ecclesiastes 9:11 11 ¶I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
      • Zechariah 4:6: … Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
    • Obedience
      • I Samuel 15:22: And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
      • 1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
      • God does the exalting (Thou shalt toot thine own horn lest it shall  be tooted not)
      • Joshua 3:7  “And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.”
  • Commended
    • II Timothy 4:7-8  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing
    • God is glorified in promotion: Revelation 4:9-11  9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
    • Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24
    • Matthew 24:14:And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.