Saturday’s Military Devotional – BEING STRONG

 

Joshua 1:9

2 Timothy 2:4

AMP and RVR 1960 


CONTEXT:

This is the Apostle Paul’s second letter to his young disciple Timothy. In Chapter 1  Paul urges Timothy to guard all he has been entrusted with. Specifically the Gospel and it’s Good News of Christ.

Chapter 2 v.1-13 begins with Paul telling Timothy to be Strong. Not just any ordinary strength (in the faith) but that of a soldier for he is surely to endure many battles.


BREAKDOWN:

No soldier – This is not the first time Paul has referenced Christians as soldiers Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 

gets entangled – He is making it clear then (Ephesians) and here that we are in a serious battle and we have no time for 

in civilian pursuits, outside distractions. I want to be clear that is not to say we should be ignorant of the world around you, or silent about it either (See yesterday’s devotional) Paul is making the case for our FOCUS.  

since his aim – What is the aim, goal or mission at hand? Is it to be tied up in worldly affairs while trying to Pastor a church or serve overseas missions? The obvious answer is no. 

is to please – Our aim, focus, goal, mission is always to please…

the one who enlisted him. (superiors) –  That is to be a well disciplined soldier for God 


APPLICATION:

In the military a Soldier, Marine (or any servicemember) does not obey orders and focus on the mission to “please” their superiors. They do it because discipline and training has taught them it saves lives in battle.

The same applies to the Christian soldier in their daily walk. Life’s distractions and the interloping of Satan’s minions to temp us can easily sway our focus. That is why Paul in Ephesians stresses the need to Armor Up and here encouraging Timothy to BE Strong and stay focused. 

C.H. Spurgeon said it best: 

The man who has given himself wholly to the service of Christ must not undertake any other business that would prevent his giving his whole strength to his Master’s work. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Being Strong?     

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

A Call to Endurance

The 12th Chapter of Hebrews begins with the following verse: 

 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

let us run with patience the race is clearly a metaphor for a call to “endurance” but even so much more than that; note what is said: 

  1. We have a goal set before us 
  2. This aim, goal, calling is known and defined
  3. God appointed it and the path we shall run towards it
  4. There are many witnesses some fellow believers to encourage us and some non-believers to mock and discourage us on our journey
  5. We are to make steady (patient) progress in our race
  6. Out efforts will be encumbered or weighed down with sin and worldly issues making the race very hard

So how is one to actually finish strong or endure until the end of the race? How can we proclaim like the Apostle Paul I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Tim 4:7). That is the answer FAITH, Sola Fide, Faith ALone  in Christ Jesus, Sola Christus, in Christ alone. 

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Where are you in life’s race today? 


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