Article - Christian, Be Strong!
In a world with weak morals, strong temptations, and moderate religious values the child of God must remain strong in his faith to overcome (Revelation 2:10). Paul encourages us to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1). In 2 Timothy 2:3-4 Paul gives us a very relevant example of how the Christian can be strong in his faith.
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). A soldier is always on the alert for battle against the enemy, and so should the child of God (1 Peter 5:8). A soldier at war hopes that one-day he will return home, and the Christian must long for Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). A soldier must always keep his battle armor on or near at all times, and the faithful follower of Christ must be armed for battle at all times (Ephesians 6:10-17). As our young men and women in Iraq must stay strong in their stand from freedom against terrorist, so Christians must remain strong in their faith against the great Terrorist of the soul, Satan!
One of the greatest ways Christians can stay true to God and endure hardships is to continually look to the Captain of their faith, Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews reminded us that it was fitting for God “..whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:9). To stay true to God we must keep our gaze fixed on Jesus, the great Captain of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-3). Paul reminded us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). May each Christian take comfort in the phrase, “with God anything is possible (Mark 10:26).
The child of God can win the battle of life. However, to be victorious he must be a strong-hearted soldier and fully submit to the Captain of the Faith. May God bless each of us as we strive to win our battles!
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