Summary: Today we are grunt soldiers in the foxholes of life, but one day we shall be airborne!
I AM A SOLDIER
"I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer. The Holy Bible is my code of conduct. Faith , prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.
I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity. I will either retire in this army at the rapture or die in this army. But I will not get out, sell out, be talked out or pushed out. I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable. If my God needs me I am there. If He needs me in the Sunday School to teach the children, work with the youth, help adults or just sit and learn He can use me because I am there!
I am a soldier. I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up or pumped up, picked up or pepped up. I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name and building His kingdom! No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards or candy, or give me handouts. I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for or catered to. I am committed. I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around. I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside. I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.
When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing. If I end up with nothing. I will still come out ahead. I will win. My God has and will continue to supply all my need. I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ. The devil cannot defeat me. People can not disillusion me. Weather cannot weary me. Sickness cannot stop me. Battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier. Even death can not destroy me. For when my commander calls me from His battlefield, He will promote me to captain and then allow me to rule with Him. I am a soldier in the army, and I'm marching claiming victory. I will not give up. I will not turn around. I am a soldier, marching heaven bound. Here I stand! Will you stand with me?"
Christian, no matter what branch you served in for your country when the time comes in the Kingdom you will be Airborne Calvary!!
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. KJV
That victorious day is someday, but today we are called to hardness and to be free from the entanglements of this life.
2 Timothy 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.
Each branch of the military has their version of enduring hardness. Normally we think of the Army and Marines having it the hardest because of combat conditions. All branches have times when the servicemember may be far from home for months and during WWII, years. Meals may not be the best. Sleeping may be hard due to various conditions with the soldier learning to sleep anywhere and pass out as soon as he hits the cot, floor or ground. Too often, a trooper will get the letter from home that a loved has died, his wife has given birth or the spouse asks for a divorce.
A soldier has to put the military first. They tried to dissuade me from getting married by saying, "If the Air Force wanted you to have a wife they would have issued you one." Judging from some of my uniform issue, she would not have been a very good fit. You will miss birthdays, anniversaries, first steps and such of your children. You have to be as Paul said, "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none." 1 Corinthians 7:29 Indeed, you may get a call in the night and leave with not being able to tell your family where you are going or when you will be back. You cannot be entangled.