If we go to the book of Revelation 12:11(NKJV), it says, “11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
I’ve been reading a little booklet by the late Derek Prince called The Power of the Sacrifice and he is talking clearly and simply about God’s army. If ever the Lord needed His soldiers, it’s in these days, which I believe are the last days.
Remember when we join up in an army we don’t sign a guarantee to say that we will not lose our lives. A soldier, when he signs up for duty understands, it’s an unspoken truth, that there is a very good chance of him losing his life.
One of the greatest soldiers in the New Testament was indeed the apostle Paul who said boldly in Philippians 1:21 (NKJV) — “21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” and I always say, tongue-in-cheek, you cannot frighten a Christian with Heaven. If we live, we live for Jesus, if we die, we go home to be with Him in heaven forever. It’s a win-win situation.
But the good news is that we are immortal until our work here on Earth has been completed. No one will shorten our lives, no one will take our lives until we have done our duty and then we go straight home. We are literally, as Derek Prince says, unsinkable until our mission is completed.
To be good soldiers, we have been redeemed. Another word for redeemed is brought back. Remember, we have been in the far country, and we have come back, we have enlisted and now we need to tell our story to others who are still in the far country.
One of the main responsibilities of a soldier of the Cross is that he cannot keep his testimony to himself. A testimony is extremely powerful. Mostly because no one can argue with it. You either believe it or you disbelieve it but there is no argument, and we must tell our testimony powerfully from our heart and in a simple way.
Then, as good soldiers of the cross, we have to walk in the light — we cannot go back to our former ways. A good soldier will not be seen fraternising with the enemy. He has got to set himself apart and be separate. He has got to be a very disciplined man. He has got to have good quiet times daily — that’s the thing that will keep him going. He needs to take holy communion (I do it with my wife every morning after we have had breakfast together).
Then, lastly but most importantly, he’s got to be a praying soldier. He’s got to intercede on behalf of this lost world, he’s got to stand in the gap.
Jesus bless you as you not only sign up and enlist, but also seek promotion from God to be more effective and more efficient daily, as you grow in the knowledge of God’s Holy Word, the Sword.
Jesus bless you
Angus and Jill Buchan
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