Well-trained Soldiers of the Cross

We thank our God, that He qualifies and equips all HE chooses to be a part of His army and heavenly plan.  As a well-trained soldier of the cross, He works to make sure we know Him and know our enemy. If we do not truly realize that we are not struggling against one another, but against a real devil, we are disqualified already. People are used of the devil, pawns, and flunkies, but the devil is the real culprit.

We must know Ephesians 6:10-18.  As well-trained soldiers of the cross, we must know that the armor of God is every promise written in His Word. The Word of God is our defense and our weapon. His Word illuminates darkness and separates truth from a lie!

We must know the authority and power of our God’s Word:

Hebrew 4:12 (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

As well-trained soldiers of the cross, we must know the Word of our God is the Truth. There are some who want to pretend satan does not exist or is insignificant in our walk of faith. We know this is not true because Jesus dealt with him:  

Acts 10:37-38 (KJV) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

We need not be ignorant of the wiles, tricks and traps of the devil. The devil’s plan is to distort, hide and misrepresent God’s truth.

John 8: 44 (KJV) He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We were warned to watch for satan’s tricks:

1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

We live in a world influenced by the devil, because of the fall of mankind. The devil’s desire is to make us fear that God’s Word is not true for us, or deceive us into thinking we are exempt from the inheritance. 1 Peter 5:8-9 refers to the devil. Other names are adversary or antagonist. An adversary or antagonist is defined as (1) one who opposes and actively competes (to wear you down into surrender or defeat) or (2) a drug (influence) that neutralizes another drug (influence).

The devil wants to neutralize each of us and remove us from the fight of faith.(Understand the underlying factor is always fear or deception). The goal of fear is to: Strip us of conviction, making sure we are not allied with, supporting or favoring either side of a dispute (noncommittal) (full of procrastination). A position in which a set of gears is disengaged so that power cannot be transmitted.

The devil wants you disengaged from your source . He wants to separate you from the inheritance of love, truth, wisdom, power and all the benefits as a Son (Child) of God, so that you will not walk in the light, the revelation, and power of God, but be weak, and struggling your whole life.

A well-trained soldier of the cross is aware of the enemy and is even more aware of our dominion every all his works. So, what is the solution?

A well-trained soldier of the cross builds an immunity to the threat and tactics of the enemy with the Word of God. Challenge what you think with the Word of God. Anything that we hold has truth or tradition that opposes or does not align itself with the Word of God will keep us from the promise in that area. Remember we can depend on God’s character, His Power and His Word. Remember satan is no match for our God, who is the Most High God!

A well-trained soldier of the cross knows that the armor mentioned in Ephesians 6 is not our armor, but the armor of God. When we give Him our lives, He takes full responsible for our lives. We must keep no areas from Him and His Kingship. His instruction was have preeminence in our lives so that we might reap the full benefit of who He is.

Blessed Heavenly Father,
Help us to recognize the true enemy of our lives. Quicken us to take up our weapons and work the works of Jesus Christ. We decree that we are encouraged and we will not faint or grow weary in doing well, in doing Your will. Thank You that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, strengthens our mortal bodies. We decree that we are strong, we decree that we are rich in You. We decree that we are well able to take whatever mountain, scale any wall and overthrow any attack or tactic of the enemy of our souls. We decree that we will finish; we decree that we are more than conquerors in You. WE LOVE YOU! WE TRUST YOU!

Have Your way in our lives, in Jesus name we pray. IT IS SO!!! AMEN.

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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