Posted by Rev. Russell Lee

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My dad was an infantryman, a forward observer for a mortar unit in the Korean War.  He said that the life expectancy of that position was about six hours.  It was a hazardous position, and thankfully he made it through for our country, for the world, and for me to be writing this to you today

I am thankful for the work that our soldiers do to protect freedom and to preserve a good way of life for future generations.

Christians are also soldiers, in a very real sense of the word. The word soldier is defined as a person in the army, or in broader terms, in military service.

The frontline soldiers are engaged in combat.  A life and death struggle against the enemy.

Christians are soldiers in every sense of the word.   For convenience’ sake we try to say we are just loving others and are not in a battle.  But loving God means we are devoted to the task which can be described as the battle of life and death, the battle for souls, against evil and for good.

Warren Wiersbe writes  ” Christian service means invading a battleground, not a playground; and you and I are the weapons God uses to attack and defeat the enemy.  When God used Moses’ rod,  He needed Moses’ hand to lift it.  When God used Moses’ sling, He needed David’s hand to swing it.  When God builds a ministry, He needs somebody’s surrendered body to get the job done.”

Know that we are in a war in which the enemy will used every means at his disposal to defeat us.  God has already won the war, but the battles go on, and we must be tough, faithful, and effective soldiers in his army.

So take up the armor and weapons God has made available.  Ephesians 6:12-17

Be a soldier of Christ in the trenches, and in celebrations of those who come to know Christ as Lord and God.  Take up your cross and follow him bravely and completely today.