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FBC E-Blast - April 19, 2010
First Baptist Church of Midway E-blast
April 19, 2010
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Soldiers for Christ
II Timothy 2:1-4

 

Today’s passage is from Paul’s letter to Timothy. The apostle encourages the young man—and, by extension, every believer—to face difficulty as a good soldier. The military term “soldier” implies that we are in a battle. And in fact, the combat started before Adam and Eve’s lifetime.

We see the first evidence when almighty God, who had created all the celestial beings, nevertheless allowed Satan and other angels (thereafter known as “demons”) to rebel against Him. They established their own kingdom and waged war with the Lord.

Later we see this strife extend to all humankind. In the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve to violate God’s command by eating forbidden fruit. Her disobedience corrupted mankind’s innocence, and ever since, all human beings have been born with a nature bent away from the Lord—and with a profound need for a Savior.

Tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus modeled how to be victorious in spiritual conflict: by means of Scripture. God’s Word gives us everything we need to win—from offensive and defensive weapons (Ephesians 6:10-17) to the proper perspective on our adversaries’ real identity: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against . . . spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

When we see ungodliness in our society, the Enemy may at times seem to be winning. Yet we who are saved have assurance that we belong to Him who is greater—and who will have the final victory (1 John 4:4; John 16:33). View daily battles biblically and look to God, who is mightier than all evil.

II Timothy 2:1-4 - You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

If you would like to talk about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or any other need, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Pastor Ben Robinson

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First Baptist Church of Midway
210 Front Street
P.O. Box 545
Midway, PA 15060

(724) 796-3381 (Church)
(724) 255-1695 (Pastor)
www.fbcmidway.com