Too Many Christian Soldiers Today Are A.W.O.L.

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
October 26, 2016

eph6_10-11    Remember that old-time Gospel Hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers, Going Forth to War”?  It was very famous in the 19th Century, during America’s Civil War, for fighters who believed their cause fulfilled God’s will. Ephesians, chapter 6, as well as other New Testament passages, makes clear that God considers all who believe in His Son Jesus to be soldiers in His army, working and fighting for Him:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (6: 10 – 12).”

Apostle Paul goes further into military analogy in the next few verses.  But first, note that he warns believers that the Christian’s battle is against Satan, not against people—or, as he calls them, flesh and blood—but rather against the organized hosts in Satan’s army, moving up the triangularly-shaped satanic ladder from the least demons to the highest powers in the heavens and space.  When Christians get serious about serving God, this army stirs up spiritual enemies (these may sometimes enlist human beings) to thwart their advance.
Often such an advance can be held up for days, weeks or even years. As Apostle Paul writes in Romans 15: 20 – 22: “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel not where Christ was named  . . . For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.”  And in 1 Thessalonians 2: 18, he writes again: “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”

Today, very many Christian workers are hindered from fulfilling the specific callings they have from will-work-for-jesusGod, too often for worldly reasons.  These believers are simply A.W.O.L. They are Absent Without Leave!  They are not where they should be, and they are not doing what God has called them to do.  Some believers, like the prophet Jonah (see last week’s entries in our sister blog,,they simply do not what to do what they knew called has called them to do.

Others simply put off God’s work for various reasons–i.e. until their children are grown or have finished college, or until they retire from an earthly job, or until they save enough money, etc. Isn’t it amazing the things one puts in front of doing God’s will?)  And still others do not know what their exact calling is.  For this last group, earnest prayer is necessary until God reveals His calling on their lives. In the case of all the others, continuous prayer and absolute surrender to the will of God is primary.  In all cases it is Satan and his cohorts who move within the Christian’s life to weaken God’s army.

To operate against such forces, Paul continues in Ephesians 6: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (6: 13 – 18).”

There are so many important words in this passage from wholesale Christian Bibles, but take note of the last two: “perseverance” and “supplication”: Never Give Up! And always pray for yourself, your ministry and the ministries of other Christians. And meanwhile, think about this: just who do you think will fill your empty space in God’s army to fight the Last Battle that is soon to come upon the earth. Who will take your place to fulfill God’s will, and how much of the reward that you were suppose to have received will they get?

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