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SPIRIT AND LIFE DEVOTIONALS

Day Four

Meditation. Be a good soldier of Christ
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2: 1- 7

Apostle Paul gave us many clues to become a good soldier of Christ in our study today.

1. Being strong in the grace that is in Christ is the first clue to becoming a good soldier of Christ. Verse 1. Grace is the strength and ability of God. When you have grace you can do all things. That grace is in Jesus. Paul is therefore counseling us that we should not rely on our own strength but rather the strength and ability of God. This is what gives you strength to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2. The second important clue to become a good soldier of Jesus is by transferring what you have learnt to faithful people who will be able to teach others. Verse 2. This means that you have to be involved in recruiting and teaching disciples for Jesus Christ. If you are able to transfer your knowledge and encounter with God to others, then you are a good soldier. If after many months or years of knowing Jesus and being a church member you don’t have disciples that you have taught then you are not a good soldier. It is the duty of every believer to actively train faithful people for the kingdom. Don’t leave that role to your pastor and leaders, but recognize that it is a personal call by God to you as a christian to commit to others what you are hearing from your pastor and train them to become faithful disciples of Jesus.

3. A third clue to bring a good soldier is to learn to endure hardship. Verse 3. This means you have to learn how to endure difficulties and challenges of life. No one can be a good soldier of Jesus Christ if he or she cannot endure when things are tough. The hardship that the scriptures are referring to could be sickness, financial difficulties, tough or difficult environment to preach the gospel, managing a difficult supervisor, waiting to get answers to your prayers etc. God wants you to learn to endure difficulties of life as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 
4. In verse four, we see another clue to becoming a good soldier of Jesus.
It is by staying away, from being entangled with the issues of this life in order to stay pure and please the Lord who has enlisted you as a soldier. There are so many affairs of this life that can bring disrepute to a Christian. It is your responsibility to identify what will not please God and stay away from them. That will qualify you to be a good soldier of Jesus.
5. In order to be a good soldier you must stick to the rules of the word of God. This you will find in verse five. Don’t try short-cuts but follow the rules of the Bible in everything you do then you will be lawfully crowned a good soldier of Jesus.

Prayers
1. Thank God for the grace that is in Christ Jesus
2. Ask the Lord to fill you with that grace in Jesus, with that strength and ability such that you will not trust in your own strength anymore but in His grace alone.
3. Commit yourself into God’s hands and ask for grace to recruit and train disciples for his kingdom.
4. Pray for divine ability to effectively transfer what you are learning from your pastor to other people who also will be faithful to teach others
5. Ask the Lord for ability to endure difficulties and challenges of life and grace to stay away from matters of this life that can entangle you and make you dis please Him.
6. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and discernment to follow him according to His own rules.


Faith Confession
1. I am a good soldier of Jesus and my strength is in the grace that is in Christ Jesus
2. I declare that as a good soldier of Jesus I will transfer what I have known of God to others and I commit myself to recruit and disciple faithful people who will be able to teach others also.
3. As a good soldier of Jesus I commit to endure hardness. I will never give up but will endure challenges and difficulties of life as a good soldier.
4. I promise to stay away from the issues of this life that can discourage me or take me away from the faith. I declare that in Jesus name, I will not displease my master in any way.
5. I commit myself to live by the word of God and to be guided by the scriptures in all that I do as a good soldier of Jesus, God helping me in Jesus name. Amen.

Memory verse
2 Timothy 2:4 NKJV
[4] No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

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