Our armed forces…
Today we live in a dangerous world. Threats of terrorism, global unrest and the moral decay of our society does not make things easier. The battle is not just in the world we live in. There is a big spiritual battle to be won among our Christian soldiers here in the United States and abroad. The apostle Peter writes:
1 Peter 5:8-11
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Pe 5:8–11). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
The time is now to engage in the spiritual battle we are in. We can go back to the pages of the Old Testament and learn valuable lessons.
4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ro 15:4). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
There is a choice: We can either fight with the weapons the Lord gives us or lie down and let the enemy defeat us. The Lord exhorts us to choose life.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Dt 30:15–20). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.