Summary: God's bearer - means self-denial and death-it’s an opportunity to die to pride, die to ego (self-esteem), die to sin, die to self.
A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
2 Timothy 2:3 (NLT)
“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
I. Is a Bearer of the Cross
a. it means self-denial
b. It means death-it’s an opportunity to die to pride, die to ego (self-esteem), die to sin, die to self.
c. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34-35
II. Is a Man of Action or Self-actualization
a. Galatians 6:4(New International Version)
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves
alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
b. Colossians 3:23-24 (KJV)
23 And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve
the Lord Christ.
c. James 2:18 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.
III. Is a man that putteth on the full armor of God
- Helmet of salvation
-Breastplate of righteousness
-Shield of faith
- Belt of truth
- Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God
- Feet fitted with the Righteousness that comes from the gospel of peace