You should have a daily reminder that this is war. The devil HATES you and wants you in hell. His goal is to send as many people as he can. Right now we have all power and authority over all the power of the enemy. Eventually he will be given power over mankind. Revelation 13:7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them…. His goal is to destroy marriages, relationships, and people in general--often with religion. Churchianity/religion is demonic. Everything that began in fire but did not continue, anything without the Holy Spirit is demonic.
The enemy hates you and the world hates you—I told you this was a Jihad!
John 15:18-19 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. The world should hate you.
Go hard or go home.
A soldier does what he is told. A civilian does what he wants.
A soldier is serving others and is willing to give up his life for those he is protecting. A civilian is serving himself and holding onto his life.
A soldier gives up everything that would keep him from obeying their superior. A civilian gives up nothing.
A soldier is the opposite of a civilian.
Luke 9:59-62 Be engaged or be entangled.
II Timothy 2
He chose us--fighters, overcomers--the ones who will defeat the enemy. Go past what you think. Enlistment brings responsibility not perfection. Sometimes you will be wounded--people follow those with battle scars because they know they have proven they know what they are doing and know how to win. Jesus is scarred head to toe and He is the biggest war hero ever. He took more, did more, was more and He chose us. He did not recruit for numbers, academia or fun. He is looking for hearts, for lives.
Sometimes people think they can be Christians without the war--similar to being in the reserves. Trained and ready but not a full time soldier. They are still a soldier but it is different:
- You go home at night.
- You know that you get to go home.
- You are on call while you live your own life.
- You have a life.
Are you tying to live in the spiritual reserves? Living in cushy Christianity? It is not the same as serving everyday as a soldier. Are you fighting in the army of the Lord or just going to church and looking "good".
If you are entangled, repent and re-enlist.
If you are engaged--look around you. Who are you serving with? Who are you praying with? Who are you in agreement with? Who are you praying for?