Monday, July 6, 2009


Have you noticed that there are many types of soldiers in any war? One type of soldier makes a good show of it. His uniform is creased just so, his gear in perfect order. Yet when he goes out to do battle against the enemy, he takes no ground. Puffs of ineffective smoke and dust are all that result.

Another soldier, however, may not look so perfect outwardly, yet when he marches against the enemy, he advances and the enemy retreats. He takes ground once held by the enemy, making it his own.

What type of soldier are you? When you see ground that God wants you to take, do you march ahead with shouts of victory or do you just huff and puff and make a good show of it?

If we sense that the Lord is dealing with our impatience, do we just march around blowing smoke or do we get down to business and take the ground - asking Him to live His life through us? If we know that the Lord is speaking to us about neglecting our families . . . do we ignore the order or do we start marching, already knowing what is to be done - then doing it!

May we be soldiers who please the Master . . . and who will hear, “Well done. . . .”

. . . that you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience.
I Timothy 1:18

Heavenly Father, please teach me how to be effective in the battles in this life. Then please give me the courage to take the ground. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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