Summary: #1 We study David’s last words about some mighty soldiers that helped him build a strong nation. Let us build the church by building STRONG SOLDIERS!
ENLIST AS A GOOD SOLDIER.
THE LAST WORDS ABOUT GOOD SOLDIERS ...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aolcom
I would like to thank Gene Hammon, Hazard, Ky. for the fodder that started this message. This is part one of a two part series.
Our nation claims: WE NEED A FEW GOOD MEN.
It is time that good men and women arise and work toward the goal of One Nation Under God --- fearing, respecting and honoring the God that gave His only Son...
The church is the ARMY OF GOD. We need young people as well as old people to ARISE.
During WW II a parade of well trained soldiers was marching through the downtown. The soldiers were trained and now preparing to leave for war. As they marched by one old lady’s house she was so proud of the men.
She grabbed her broom stick, placed it on her shoulder and started marching right beside the handsome men in uniform.
Someone shouted from the crowd, OLD WOMAN YOU CAN’T GO TO WAR WITH THEM.
The old woman said, I KNOW I CAN’T GO, BUT I CAN LET THE BOYS KNOW WHOSE
SIDE I AM ON... I CAN SUPPORT THEM.
I. LISTEN TO THE LAST WORDS, A DYING MAN SPEAKS IMPORTANT WORDS WORTH
LISTENING TO ...
2 Samuel 23:1-2 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,  The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
A. David knew as he was wrapping up his life to speak wise words. David had also learned to LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF THE LORD.
B. David also knew that his greatness was because he surrounded himself with SOME GOOD MEN.
2 Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Tim. 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
II. What is a soldier? WHAT IS A GOOD SOLDIER?
A. A person serving his nation. One that accepts a CHARGE OR ORDER.
Drafted or volunteered in the service of a nation.
Recruited --- Consecration required.
B. WE ARE IN A WAR! THE WAR IS MORE INWARD THAN OUTWARD.
The BATTLE IS WITH OUR DESIRES AND ATTITUDES.
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
C. WE DO HAVE WEAPONS...
2 Cor. 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
III. WHEN A GOOD SOLDIER PUTS ON HIS MILITARY GEAR, IT IS NO LONGER ABOUT HIM, HE MUST LOSE HIS OWN DESIRES AND IDENTITY AND BECOME PART OF THE BIGGER PICTURE.
1 Cor. 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
A. A good soldier must leave home and go to basic training and skills school to prepare his heart and body for service to his nation.
B. A good soldier gets his head shaved? There is an issue of pride.
C. He takes AN OATH OF OFFICE TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND HIS NATION.
D. A good soldier learns how to TAKE ORDERS, accept a CHAIN OF COMMAND and go where ever he is needed to serve.
IV. A GOOD SOLDIER REALIZES WHERE ADEVER IN THE WORLD HE WEARS HIS UNIFORM HE IS AN AMBASSOR AND REPRESENTATIVE OF HIS COMMANDERS AND HIS NATION.